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Fire Safety Advisor

Role Summary

The post holder shall carry out the duties as a Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Fire Safety Officer to provide expert professional guidance and support in relation to fire safety and risk management to Managers and Staff of the Trust and act as an appointed Competent 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 point of liaison between the Fire Authority and the Trust at an operational level.

About the Role

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

More detail about the role:

This is a fantastic opportunity to develop and to continuously improve, the fire safety and risk management of a major acute Hospital. With capital development planned and underway, this is an exciting time to join the team and to provide expert professional guidance and support for these developments.   

You will be organising, implementing, co-ordinating and maintaining full and efficient Fire Prevention, and fire precautions across the Trust. Your duties will be advising on all technical Fire matters, carrying our Fire Risk assessments and delivering theoretical and practical training at the acute and Community settings.

You will join the Fire Safety Team aligned with 8 Estate Officers and be part of the wider Estates team. 

What we are looking for:

You will have significant experience of Fire Safety guidance or Building Fire Safety, ideally gained in a Healthcare/Local Authority/Buildings Consultancy or Defence Environment. You will have a thorough understanding of Building and Fire Safety. You will have a minimum of a Level 3 Building/Engineering/Fire Safety qualification and be trained in Healthcare specific Fire Safety.

The ability to communicate effectively at all levels and to be self-motivated with drive and resilience are crucial for this role.

Experienced Fire Service personnel without specific Building/Healthcare Fire Safety knowledge can be supported through apprenticeships and training to achieve the specialist knowledge up to degree level Fire Safety Engineer.

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

Interview Date: Wednesday 25th October 2023, however this is subject to change.

For further information please contact: Paul Flitney on or 01392 405428

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.

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 people’s 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.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


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 are 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 will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

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 will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will 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 would love to hear from you.


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