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Overview of the role

Assessing the level of fire safety in built environments.

Fire safety inspector

Reference Number: ST0746

Details of standard

Occupation summary

The occupation of Fire Safety Inspector can be found in the Fire and Rescue sector. The fire and rescue sector is formed of three elements, prevention, protection and response. The occupation of fire safety inspector is a specialist role within the protection element, linking closely with the other two elements of protection and response.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to assess the level of fire safety in the built environment in their area and instigate improvements, where necessary, to preserve life, to reduce damage to property and the environment and to support economic growth.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts  effectively with partner agencies, particularly local regulatory services teams to join up enforcement work.

  • They work with external stakeholders within the community.
  • They attend internal and external meetings with stakeholders, such as Safety Advisory Groups, and investigate complaints regarding fire safety in commercial premises.
  • The also exchange information effectively with operational crews, prevention teams and partner agencies to ensure an integrated approach to the management of fire risk.

They will also provide support and technical expertise to colleagues and other departments, including mentoring and training, to ensure effective sharing of knowledge.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for providing advice, participating in consultations, the enforcement of legislation relating to fire safety and supporting investigations and prosecutions. Fire Safety Inspectors inspect complex premises and support businesses by giving advice on how to comply with regulations. Fire Safety Inspectors work at supervisory/managerial level within the fire sector, but they may not necessarily supervise or manage others.

Typical job titles

A fire safety inspector may also be called a fire safety auditor in some organisations.

Occupation duties


Criteria for measuring performance


Duty 1 Carry out Fire Safety inspections/audits of premises in line with current fire safety legislation

Audits are carried out in line with organisational and legislative requirements

K1, K2, K3, K4, K5, K6, K7, K8, K9, K10

S1, S2, S3, S4, S5  

B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6

Duty 2 Enforce Fire Safety legislation in accordance with organisational policy, to include collecting/providing evidence, where appropriate

In compliance with legislative requirements

K1, K2, K4, K11, K12, K13

S6, S3, S7

B1, B2, B3, B4, B7, B8, B6

Duty 3 Gather Operational Risk Information to contribute to the safety of operational staff

Information is gathered according to organisational requirements

K1, K6, K7, K14, K8, K9, K10

S8, S6, S3, S4, S5

B1, B4, B7, B8

Duty 4 Identify high risk premises, groups and individuals within the community to assist with the implementation of targeted risk-based inspection programmes

in line with organisational policy and procedures

K1, K6, K7, K8, K9, K10

S9, S3, S4, S5

B1, B2, B3, B7, B6

Duty 5 Examine and respond to consultations and submissions from external stakeholders and provide advice in order to determine compliance with statutory codes of practice and other fire safety related legislation with applicable time constraints. Submissions and consultations could include: planning, building regulations, House(s) of Multiple Occupancy, licencing, marriage venues, etc

Within required timescales following organisational policies and procedures

K1, K2, K13, K6, K7, K8

S8, S6, S2, S9, S3, S7

B1, B4, B8, B6

Duty 6 Support formal investigations as required by the organisation and take appropriate action

Investigations are carried out following organisational procedures and meet legislative requirements

K1, K2, K13, K8, K9, K15, K16

S8, S3, S7

B4, B7

Duty 7 Contribute to the policy and procedures that relate to legislative guidance on matters concerning Fire Safety

Contribute information that is accurate and up to date

K1, K2, K12, K3, K8, K16

S8, S6, S7

B1, B2, B4, B8

Duty 8 Provide technical advice and support on fire safety regulations and guidance documents to internal and external stakeholders

Advice and support is provided clearly and concisely and appropriate to the audience

K1, K2, K6, K7, K8

S8, S6, S10, S3, S7

B1, B4, B7, B8, B6

Duty 9 Work in accordance with the Primary Authority Scheme

Complies with legislation and organisational policies and procedures

K2, K3, K4, K11, K13, K10

S6, S3, S7, S11

B4, B8, B6

Duty 10 Provide support and guidance to businesses to reduce unwanted fire signals (e.g. from automatic fire alarms) and deliberate fires

Support and guidance is provided to meet the needs of the business in a timely manner, clearly and concisely

K1, K3, K6, K7, K17, K8, K9, K10, K16, K18

S8, S6, S10, S3, S7, S4, S5

B1, B3, B7, B8, B6

Duty 11 Collaborate effectively with partner agencies, particularly local regulatory services teams to join up enforcement activities.

Share information in accordance with partnership agreements

K12, K13, K6, K7, K9, K10, K18, K16

S8, S2, S7, S11, S4

B1, B2, B3, B4, B8, B6

Duty 12 Attend internal and external meetings with stakeholders such as Safety Advisory Groups to provide guidance and support with fire safety matters to ensure the safety of the public.

Communicate clearly and appropriately to the audience and portray a positive image of your organisation

K1, K6, K7, K9, K10, K18, K16

S8, S6, S10, S3, S7, S4

B1, B2, B3, B4, B8

Duty 13 Respond to alleged fire risks/complaints and post fire enquiries

Respond in line with agreed timescales and according to organisational policies and procedures and any related legislation

K1, K13, K6, K7, K8, K9, K10, K18, K16

S8, S10, S3, S4, S5

B1, B3, B4, B7, B8, B6




K1 The principles of Fire Safety Order and other fire safety legislation, building regulations legislation and British Safety Standards including national guidance and best practice.

K2 How the Fire Safety Order interacts with other legislation, guidance and best practice.

K3 The Primary Authority Scheme

K4 Levels of compliance and how they interact with the Enforcement Management Model and Better Regulation

K5 How to carry out fire safety inspections

K6 Different types of premises, the associated risks and management levels

K7 Fire safety principles for high risk and complex premises and venues, in accordance with recognised guidance

K8 Fire Risk Assessment process

K9 Safeguarding issues and concerns and the actions to take

K10 The different groups and individuals you may interact with as part of your role

K11 How to initiate enforcement activities

K12 How to work with other agencies to enforce fire safety legislation

K13 The different types of formal response and the timescales

K14 Why operational staff need to have valid, reliable and up to date information on premises, where it is stored and how it can be accessed and used

K15 Your role in supporting formal investigations, the actions you can take and when and where to escalate.

K16 The legislation, policies and procedures of the organisation and how these affect the role, including data protection, confidentiality, health and safety and lone working plus other relevant organisational policies and procedures.

K17 Causes and consequences of unwanted fire signals and deliberate fires

K18 The purpose and role of collaborative partners who can do what, etc. sharing of information and the advances of collaborative working


S1 Carry out an audit/inspection of complex premises and venues and assess the risks and evaluate the level of fire safety management

S2 To identify and constructively challenge non-compliance

S3 Produce fire safety reports, letters, statutory or non-statutory notices and plans according to organisational policies and procedures

S4 Identify safeguarding issues, such as hoarding, child sexual exploitation, slavery, vulnerability etc. and take appropriate action

S5 Be situationally aware of yourself, others and the environment to ensure safety of all.

S6 Interpret and apply the technical knowledge to enforce the Fire Safety Order, such as British Standards, Building Regulations, National Guidance and Best Practice

S7 Work with other agencies, such as local authority building control, approved inspectors, licensing authorities, etc

S8 Demonstrate clear communication skills, with the ability to interact with a wide range of audiences, being persuasive and confident. To communicate complicated information verbally and in writing

S9 Evaluate fire safety design submissions and fire protection systems

S10 To assess fire safety concerns, provide fire safety advice on request and make decisions to instigate improvements as required

S11 Respond to enquiries and requests from other organisations, in accordance with the Primary Authority Scheme.


B1 Embraces and values diversity and demonstrates a fair and ethical approach in all situations.

B2 Proactively supports change, adjusting approach to meet changing requirements.

B3 Maintains a confident, controlled and focused attitude in highly challenging situations.

B4 Committed and able to develop self, individuals, teams and others, to improve organisational effectiveness.

B5 Understands and applies relevant information to make appropriate decisions and creates practical solutions.

B6 Work within own level of authority, responsibility and competence and recognise when to seek support and/or assistance

B7 Applies relevant information to make appropriate decisions and creates practical solutions

B8 Leads others to achieve excellence by the establishment, maintenance and management of performance requirements


English and Maths qualifications

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment.  For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL. 

Professional recognition

Institution for Fire Engineers / Membership

Additional details

Occupational Level: 4
Duration (months): 24


This standard will be reviewed after three years.

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Status: Approved for delivery
Level: 4
Reference: ST0746
Version: 1.0
Date updated: 18/01/2022
Approved for delivery: 20 November 2019
Route: Protective services
Typical duration to gateway : 24 months (this does not include EPA period)
Maximum funding: £8000
Trailblazer contact (for apprenticeship standard content and trailblazer membership queries only): neil.guyett@london-fire.gov.uk
Employers involved in creating the standard: Fire and Rescue Services: London, South Yorkshire, Shropshire, Dorset and Wiltshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Merseyside, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, South Wales, Devon and Somerset, Avon, Suffolk, West Midlands, Hants, Royal Berkshire, Cornwall, Cambridgeshire, Tyne and Wear. Training Providers/Others: IFE, XACT, Fire Service College, NFCC
LARS Code: 530
EQA Provider: Ofqual

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