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Overview of the role

Works with businesses to help them keep their premises safe from fire by offering advice and education to reduce risk

Reference Number: ST0188

Details of standard

Occupation

Business Fire Safety Advisor

Level

This is a Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

Occupational Profile

A Business Fire Safety Advisor works with businesses to help them keep their premises safe from fire by offering advice and education to reduce risk. People in this role also recognise and take appropriate steps when enforcement action may be required. The role contributes to the aims of saving life, preventing injury, enhancing business continuity and protecting premises. People in this role are typically employed by a Fire and Rescue Service. The role involves a diverse mix of essential work including visits to a wide spectrum of businesses and joint visits with other agencies in order to actively support and promote business safety. The role may also involve proactive promotional work at events and reactive work after incidents to raise awareness of Fire Safety in the business community. As ambassadors of Fire and Rescue Services, Business Fire Safety Advisors represent their organisation and will demonstrate excellent customer service skills to businesses in their community.

The key function of a Business Fire Safety Advisor will be to visit simple premises - this is defined by the sector as small buildings with a simple layout such as small shops, offices or industrial units with non-complex means of escape for the purpose of providing fire safety advice.

A typical day in this important role will see the Business Fire Safety Advisor assessing risks and hazards associated with fire, evaluating measures in place to protect people and premises, influencing and supporting businesses to act on recommendations and where appropriate reporting breaches.

Entry Requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements and these will typically be a need for entrants to be ICT literate and to have achieved GCSEs in Maths and English at Grade C or above.

Employers who recruit candidates without English and Maths at Grade C or above must ensure that the candidate achieves a Level 2 equivalent standard in both prior to the completion of the Apprenticeship.

Knowledge Requirements

Upon completion of the Apprenticeship, the Business Fire Safety Advisor will understand:

How to plan and gather information, such as the history of the premises and data from partner agencies for the purpose of fire safety regulation in simple premises

The principles and parameters for visiting simple premises for the purposes of fire safety regulation

Principles for assessing fire risks associated with simple premises; for example the means of escape, fire detection and emergency lighting

Processes and guidance relevant to fire risk assessment in simple premises

How to identify hazards and risks associated with fire in simple premises and report on them

Control measures used to mitigate the risks from fire in simple premises; for example reducing the quantity of flammable products and limiting or adapting the means of escape

Measures for the protection of people from fire in simple premises including legislation, codes and guidance

Legislative and organisational requirements applicable to fire protection systems in simple premises

Procedures and processes for reviewing matters relating to fire protection systems in simple premises

Chemical principles of combustion; including fire growth and how smoke spreads through a building


Skills

Upon completion of the Apprenticeship, the Business Fire Safety Advisor will be able to:

Plan and prepare for visits to simple premises including interpreting building information

Conduct effective visits to simple premises

Advise, influence and educate stakeholders on fire safety matters in relation to simple premises

Identify fire hazards and risks in simple premises

Evaluate fire hazards, risks and control measures in simple premises

Report on the compliance and findings of visits to simple premises

Recommend options to support appropriate risk reduction measures, fire precautions and maintenance routines in simple premises

Recognise when a situation is beyond the scope of their role and take appropriate action

Record keep in line with organisational requirements

Use ICT effectively to support work

Demonstrate good organisational skills, the ability to work unsupervised and manage workloads within agreed timescales

Demonstrate strong communication skills, the ability to work with others and build positive professional working relationships


Behaviours

Upon completion of the Apprenticeship, the Business Fire Safety Advisor:

Respect and welcome stakeholder and co-worker diversity

Treat people fairly and ethically

Remain in control of own emotions during challenging situations and concentrate on the task despite pressure and retain confidence in own ability or convictions despite setbacks

Behave courteously to calmly acknowledge the concerns of clients who may be hostile, rude, confused and / or frustrated

Adopt a conscientious approach and complete work as required within agreed timescales

Be committed to the organisational values

Respond with courtesy, clarity and accuracy to enquiries from stakeholders and other departments and agencies

Apply due diligence and sound judgement when responding to requests and dealing with confidential information


Duration

Depending on the size and location of the organisation and the qualifications upon entry, the apprenticeship may typically take a maximum of 24 months to complete.

Qualification on Completion 

Apprentices must have obtained a Level 3 Certificate in Fire Safety qualification prior to the end point assessment of the Apprenticeship.

Progression 

Further training and qualifications could lead to career pathways within Fire and Rescue Services and across  UK industry such as Fire Safety Risk Assessor, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Risk Manager and Fire Engineer. 

Review

The standard will be reviewed within three years to ensure it is in line with best practice within the sector.


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Status: Approved for delivery
Level: 3
Reference: ST0188
Approved for delivery: 27 February 2018
Route: Protective services
Typical duration: 24 months
Maximum funding: £2500
Employers involved in creating the standard: Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire & Rescue Service, Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service, Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service, Dorset Fire & Rescue Service, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, London Fire Brigade, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service, Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service, Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, Humberside Fire & Rescue Service, Kent Fire & Rescue Service, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, Avon Fire & Rescue Service, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service, County Durham Fire & Rescue Service, Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service, Skills for Fire & Rescue Service, Royal Air Force Fire Service, Fire Protection Association, The Fire Officers Association
EQA Provider: Institute for Apprenticeships