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Senior Fire Officer

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder shall carry out the duties as the Trust Senior Fire Safety Officer to provide expert professional guidance and support in relation to fire safety and risk management to Managers and Staff of the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (the trust) and act as an appointed Authorised Person for fire safety in the Trust in order that the Trust and supported organisations can fulfil their legal responsibilities in regard to meeting statutory & mandatory fire safety legislation. To manage, organise, implement, co-ordinate and maintain full and efficient fire prevention, fire precautions and training of staff in all premises managed by the Trust.

This is a diverse role that spans all activities of the trust and is responsible for advising on technical fire matters and for monitoring the state of fire precautions and fire safety in premises for which the Trust is responsible and for the provision of training in fire safety to all Trust Staff.

The post holder(s) will act as the first point of liaison between the Fire Authority and the Trust at an operational level.

Main duties of the job

For more detail about the main duties of this role, please see the job description section below. As a key member of the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, you will be joining an exceptional team working together to help our patients to stay healthy, when they need it most.

About us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford).

Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within peoples own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Its never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as youll help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role

The Trust is seeking to appoint a Trust Fire Safety Advisor to join their Estates team.

This is a fantastic opportunity to be responsible for, and to continuously improve, the fire safety and risk management of a major acute hospital. With a large amount of capital development planned, this is an exciting time to join the team and to provide expert professional guidance and support from the very outset of these developments.

You will be managing, organising, implementing, co-ordinating and maintaining full and efficient fire prevention, and fire precautions across the Trust. You will be responsible for advising on all technical fire matters, carrying our fire risk assessments and management of theoretical and practical training.

You will be one of 8 Estate Officers and be part of the wider Estates team. Within this role, we are also looking for someone to lead and promote the development of the Fire Safety team.

You will have significant experience of fire safety guidance or building fire safety, ideally gained in a health-care/local authority/buildings consultancy or defence environment. You will have a deep understanding of building and fire safety. You will have a minimum of a Level 4 building/engineering/fire safety qualification and be trained in healthcare specific fire safety.

The successful applicant will have the ability to communicate effectively at all levels and be able to deliver theoretical and practical training that is both engaging and memorable. There will also be a requirement to carry out audits and to provide practical advice on fire safety measures. The ability to develop fire strategies and produce fire/emergency procedures will also form part of the post holders duties.

The ideal candidate will have recent experience of minor project and contract management to a high standard with evidence of continuing professional development that can be demonstrated.

Travel to other sites will be required therefore a valid UK driving licence plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential. For qualifying staff the Trust has a Lease Car Scheme in place and also offers a popular Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme.

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week. Monday - Friday, 08:00-16:30

Interview Date: To be confirmed.

For further information please contact: Steve Gladwin, Assurance, Compliance & Sustainability Manager, on steve.gladwin@nhs.netor01271 322683

As an inclusive employer, the Royal Devon values diversity and is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential. We believe in fostering a sense of belonging and actively encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. We recognise the advantages of having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

Preference will be given to staff with Priority and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.


We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we'll help you get there.

Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you're starting out in the NHS, you'll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You'll benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You'll have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers.

You will also have access to other benefits including:

National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.

Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter

Car lease schemes.

The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).

Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available if the role is something you are interested in, we'd love to hear from you.

Person Specification

General Requirements


  • See job description text above, and (where applicable) you can download a copy of the full job description


  • See job description text above, and (where applicable) you can download a copy of the full job description

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


North Devon District Hospital

Raleigh Park



EX31 4JB

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