Fire Officer

Job Description

Job Title: Fire Officer

Salary: GBP43,704 to GBP47,380 plus a location allowance of GBP1639. You will receive GBP43,704 the band minimum. Progress to the band maximum of GBP47,380 will be via incremental progression.

Location: Hendon/Sidcup

Working for the Met doesn’t have to mean patrolling the streets. Our incredible team of profession staff behind the scenes play an essential part in helping us to keep Londoners safe by ensuring everything here runs smoothly. This role has a unique part to play within the service. Joining our Property Services Compliance Team, you’ll influence and improve fire safety across the organisation – providing advice and training, and acting as the first point of contact for all related matters.

Day-to-day, this will see you working closely with a wide range of people within the MPS – as well as with the London Fire Brigade and other authorities. You’ll carry out fire assessments, maintain logbooks, and assist with the development of evacuation procedures and PEEPs. You’ll also investigate any fires and make sure that shortcomings are rectified. Whether you are arranging for the right equipment to be in place, the right knowledge to be understood or the correct procedures to be implemented, you’ll help to keep everyone here safe.

To be successful, you’ll need a solid understanding of fire safety legislation, a relevant qualification, and professional membership. Experience in a fire safety role within a high-risk organisation with a complex structure, and the ability to communicate essential safety information effectively will be essential. You’ll also need to be familiar with delivering fire safety training and carrying out assessments. Good IT skills, the ability to prioritise competing priorities and plenty of resilience will all be needed too.

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Summary

This role sits within the Property Services Compliance Team within the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). The Compliance Team are an integral part of our Property Services Department (PSD) and are key in ensuring the risks related to all areas of compliance are effectively managed and meet all regulatory, good practice and legal obligations, ensuring the safety of our properties, colleagues, contractors, visitors and members of the public.

You will influence and improve the understanding of the fire safety responsibilities across the MPS, provide fire safety advice and training and be the first point of contact for all fire safety matters and advice.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide advice and guidance across the MPS on all fire safety matters and work with organisational managers to ensure fire safety is managed in line with the Fire Safety Management Plan;
  • Provide and maintain fire logbooks on each site within the area of responsibility;
  • Support Premises Fire Leads to produce evacuation procedures for the MPS estate and ensure where required, line managers produce Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEP’s) for those staff who require them;
  • Undertake fire risk assessments (and periodic reviews) at specialist sites outside of the fire risk assessment contract and ensure actions arising from all completed fire risk assessments are closed out in a timely manner through liaison with action owners;
  • Carry out investigations into any fires or fire related incidents which occur to ensure any shortcomings are rectified and actions are taken to prevent a recurrence;
  • Liaise with other MPS teams and the wider PSD team on special events, providing fire safety advice;
  • Coordinate with London Fire Brigade and other authorities on any site inspections and attend visits where possible;
  • Work closely with supporting departments within PSD, our partners and the MPS including the wider Compliance Team, Building Managers, Premises Fire Leads, Facilities Managers, Construction Team and Safety Health and Risk Management Team;
  • Deliver a variety of training courses including custody fire training, fire warden and practical extinguisher training and Premises Fire Lead training;
  • Liaise with construction project leads and Building Control in relation to fire strategies and building design considerations including fire alarm systems;
  • Arrange provision of firefighting or rescue equipment to all new and extended premises or where new fire risks are installed;
  • Support the MPS Fuel Sites by providing advice and guidance following DSEAR and fire risk assessments;
  • Participate in an emergency response which includes an on call capability on a rotational basis;
  • Attend relevant meetings to provide fire safety advice and updates and as a representative of the Property Services Compliance Team e.g. Building User Group meetings and high risk department Health & Safety Committee meetings;
  • Attend monthly meetings with the Fire Risk Assessment contractor to monitor progress and targets, quality of work and help manage any issues identified;
  • Stay abreast of all new developments in fire safety legislation and guidance and ensure internal processes are amended as necessary;
  • Influence positive operational behaviour changes to support improved fire safety management.

Please click on the below link to view an online candidate information pack that will you give you an insight into the Met, the competency framework we use which shapes our daily work behaviours, the application process and a host of other information, that will help inform and support your application:

To apply, please visit our website. Applications will be via a detailed CV and online application form.

Completed applications must be submitted by 8 th October 2021

We view diversity as fundamental to our success. To tackle today’s complex policing challenges, we need a workforce made up from all of London’s communities. Applications from across the community are therefore essential.

As a Disability Confident Committed Employer, the Met have committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

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