Last edited 11 Jan 2021

Fire safety officer


[edit] Introduction

The term ‘fire safety officer’ is an ambiguous one that may be used to refer to a fire officer within the Fire Safety Department of the Fire and Rescue Service or more generally to refer to a person within an organisation who assesses the organisation’s buildings to determine whether they are compliant with fire prevention legislation.

However, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 actually gives the role of compliance within organisations to the ‘responsible person’. The responsible person may appointcompetent persons’ to assist them. The statutory role of inspection is given to a ‘fire inspector’ or ‘inspector’. The fire and rescue authority may be a fire inspector – see fire inspector for more information.

[edit] Fire safety officer responsibilities

The responsibilities of a fire safety officer might include:

[edit] Skills, requirements and qualifications

Fire safety officers may be former operational fire-fighters who have completed recognised courses on fire safety.

Fire safety officers must be collaborative team players, needing to maintain the continuity of their team’s workload as well as communicating and liaising with other relevant authorities. The role may involve inspections and assessments as well as carrying out duties in busy control room environments.

Having to inspect buildings for compliance requires a fire safety officer to be proficient at reading and interpreting building plans, with suitable knowledge to identify inconsistencies or risks relating to electrical safety standards, sprinkler systems, fire safety regulations, and so on.

A significant part of a fire safety officer’s job involves oral and written communications. They must be comfortable with public speaking to different types of audience. Detailed written reports of investigations and inspections are also frequently required.

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