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Fire Safety Advisor

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience per annum
Closing date
6 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to support the Trust with the effective management of Fire Safety. The post will work to the Trust Estates Officer (Fire).

The Fire Safety Advisor will be a motivated and enthusiastic individual with experience of Fire Safety and will work as part of the Fire Safety Team within the Directorate of Corporate Services. The post will be based at The Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital at Cramlington or North Tyneside General Hospital, but will work across all the Trusts sites supporting the Trust, Directorates and Teams in meeting statutory responsibilities and Fire Safety needs.

Part-time hours / Job Share may be considered.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job
  • Provide professional guidance and support to Managers and Staff within Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and its Subsidiaries in relation to the risk management of Fire Safety.
  • Provide specialist advice in respect of statutory structural fire safety in existing and new buildings incorporating HTM 5 (Fire Code) requirements.
  • Organise and undertake fire safety training and education of all staff.
  • Organise and undertake fire risk assessments and produce management control plans.
  • Manage a small team of Fire Safety staff (should the need arise).

About us

We cover three major locality hospitals at North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Hexham, plus a number of smaller community hospitals and clinics from Tynemouth to Berwick on Tweed, covering one of the largest geographical areas of any NHS trust in the country. Leading in innovation and quality - opening a state of the art Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, the first of its kind in England. Do you want to work in one of the best performing NHS organisations in England? Work in an organisation that supports its staff and focuses on staff experience as much as it does the experience of its patients? You can live and breathe in an area that has the cleanest air, cost effective living, great nightlife, some of the best schools with a wealth of history available on your doorstep. Sound too good to be true? Well it isn't, this is what you get when you work for Northumbria Healthcare, this is the Northumbria Way! Please read 'applicant guidance notes' before submitting your application.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will have responsibility for fire safety management across an estate that has eleven hospital sites and various other properties associated with two Primary Care Trusts in an area stretching from North Shields to Berwick in the North and Haltwhistle in the West. These Trusts provide a full range of acute and community services in a variety of buildings ranging from general hospitals to health centre's and clinics. The role of the Fire Safety Advisor covers:
  • Fire risk assessments
  • Fire safety training
  • Fire evacuation training
  • Live fire safety training
  • Fire warden training
  • Fire advice operational and technical
  • Audits and inspections
  • Monitoring of training and training materials
  • Liaison with the Fire & Rescue Service and other statutory authorities
  • Liaison with the Trusts Capital Planning Team on projects to ensure compliance with fire regulations
  • Production of fire action plans and evacuation procedures
  • Fire investigations
  • Reporting of fire incidents to the Department of Health
  • Production of an annual report on fire safety management
  • Maintenance of the fire safety risk register and action plan
  • Liaison with contractors to obtain cost estimates or quotes
  • Compilation of information for business cases and capital investment proposals
  • To provide advice on structural fire protection and safety for existing and new buildings and proposed alterations to buildings.
  • To inspect buildings following completion and certify compliance with the relevant statutory requirements and codes of practice
  • To review new fire legislation and regulations and, where necessary, provide briefing notes and draft policies and procedures for comment/approval by appropriate meeting groups.

Person Specification



  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent fire safety experience, or successful attendance of a suitable fire safety course at the Fire Safety College
  • Membership of a Professional Institution such as the following: IFE, BRE, FPA, IFSM
  • Health and Safety qualification (e.g. IOSH/NEBOSH)
  • Specialist knowledge to postgraduate diploma level through short courses or equivalent experience


  • AutoCAD training qualification and experience with related software.



  • It is an essential requirement of the role that the post holder has a valid driving licence and is either a car owner and able to use the car for work purposes or has a Trust personal lease vehicle which may be used for the role.

Employer details

Employer name

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital


NE23 6NZ

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