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.
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.
The apprenticeship will typically last 24 months.
Apprentices must have obtained a Level 3 Certificate in Fire Safety qualification prior to the end point assessment of the Apprenticeship.
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.
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