Fire Safety Officer

Posted 6 months ago by New Forest District Council
Contract Type Permanent
Salary Band 8 - Up to £45,166 per annum
Sector Fire Safety
Posted 6 months ago
Apply by Sunday, 2 June 2019

The New Forest is an area of southern England which includes one of the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pasture land, heathland and forest in the heavily populated south east of England.  It covers south-west Hampshire and extends into south-east Wiltshire and towards east Dorset.   It is a unique place of ancient history, fascinating wildlife and stunning beauty.  Originally being a royal hunting preserve.

Most of the New Forest (206 square miles) is within the local government administrative area of New Forest District Council (290 square miles).  Within the district there are 145 square miles of crown land, managed by the Forestry Commission.

The New Forest is a thriving working forest that has prospered for nearly 1000 years.  Many of the agricultural practices conceded by the Crown in historical times to local people are still retained.   Principal of these is the depasturing of ponies, cattle, pigs and donkeys in the Open Forest by authorised local inhabitants known as commoners.  These unique agricultural commoning practices are administered by the Verderers.

Operating within the heart of the district council area is the National Park Authority.  National Park status was awarded in 2005 to the New Forest and immediate surrounding area in recognition of the many qualities that the New Forest holds. The broad range of responsible organisations and community groups that exist means that the council needs to work very collaboratively with and in the community to deliver solutions. The very special nature of the New Forest makes it an extremely attractive place to live.

New Forest District Council directly manages over 5000 Council homes and Older Person accommodation located throughout the district and is committed to fire safety obligations within its housing stock and will strive to reduce the risk of fire to as low a level as is reasonably practicable

Following a strategic fire safety review an exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and highly motivated Fire Safety Officer to join our friendly Housing Maintenance Service reporting to our Maintenance Strategy and Compliance Manager.

Job Summary

You will lead, develop, manage and implement the Council's Housing Landlord Service wide approach to fire safety, working closely with our Primary Fire Authority, Housing teams and other statutory agencies.

You will pro-actively manage the Council's Housing fire safety management system(s) and coordinate resources, enabling a 'safety first' culture of continual improvement of fire safety procedures and systems.

You will ensure the Council's Housing Landlord Service maintains legal compliance with statutory fire safety regulations, as well as the Council's fire standards and associated welfare provisions and standards with regard to Landlords health and safety obligations.

You will undertake and review Fire risk assessments, to ensure consistency and accuracy, taking the necessary actions to ensure a 'speedy' response to risk actions identified and monitor outcomes

General Information

The successful candidate will have a good standard of education including Grades A-C in mathematics and English, alongside an IFE Level 4 Certificate in Fire Science and Fire Safety or equivalent and at least 3 years post qualification experience managing fire risk and statutory compliance.

The successful candidate will be a qualified Fire Risk Assessor and be a associate member of the Institute of Fire Engineers (AIFireE), have experience and be familiar with PAS:79:2012 format of fire risk assessment and comprehensive up-to-date knowledge of all legislation such as Regulatory Reform FSO 2005, Housing Act 2004, Building Regulations 2010, standards and best practice in fire safety.

The successful candidate will be IT literate, have good interpersonal skills and be able to work independently using your own initiative.

What we can offer in return is a great place to work and a great team to work with. We believe that all our employees make a valuable contribution to the work of the council and that's why we encourage a trusting and open culture where each employee is supported and respected equally, where ideas are actively sought and self-development promoted. We also recognise the value of a highly motivated and engaged workforce and we actively promote a good work/life balance.

Benefits include:

Essential user allowance £1,239 per annum;

26 days leave plus an additional 5 days for 5 years local authority continuous service;

Local Government pension scheme;


Employee Assistance Programme (free 24 hour legal, financial and personal advice for employees);

Payment of professional subscription;

Professional development.


To apply, please click the apply button and apply online via our website.

Closing date for applications: 2nd June 2019

CV's will not be accepted without a completed application form.


If you have the ambition, knowledge and experience we're looking for we would like to hear from you. For an informal discussion regarding this post please call Richard Fudge (Maintenance Strategy and Compliance Manager) or Ritchie Thomson (Service Manager) on (023) 8028 5588