Fire Safety Liaison/Cold Scene Examiner/Research Assistant

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Fire Safety Liaison/Cold Scene Examiner/Research Assistant

Salary: £36,332 per annum
Grade: FRS D
Salary range: £36,332 – £41,597 per annum
Contract type: Permanent
Working pattern: Full-time
Application closing date: Tuesday 26 October 2021 at 16:00 GMT

An opportunity has arisen to join the specialist team of fire investigation officers working within the Fire Safety department of the London Fire Brigade. This team investigates the cause of fires to determine how they started, how they spread and also how many persons and buildings were affected by how it behaved. In addition, we work to improve product safety in electrical goods, in particular white goods. The team represents public and firefighter safety on various industry steering groups and committees to seek continual improvement in product safety.

The next couple of years will be a challenging period as the fire investigation community gears up for the implementation of ISO 17020, which will see changes to fire investigations in the criminal justice system (arson/deliberate fires).

As a team of mainly operational officers we support incident commanders in determining the cause of fires.

The main aim of this new role is to help improve the inspection regime (fire safety) by means of liaison between fire investigation and regulatory fire safety and assisting with ‘cold scene’ fire investigations, which can be arduous and physically demanding. You will report on the effectiveness of Fire Safety (FS) measures in buildings involved in fires and conduct research as applicable. You will also assist fire investigation support staff in day to day duties including dealing with enquiries both internal and external, via electronic and other means. You will notify manufacturers of product failures and liaise with the Brigade’s Scientific Advisers for post-fire inspections of exhibits.

Fire Investigation can involve traumatic incidents (including fatalities) and personal resilience is a key attribute of those working within this field. There will be an expectation that the successful candidate will take advantage of the standard programmed Fire Investigation Counselling & Wellbeing meetings.

The successful candidate should hold a minimum of a L3 in Fire Safety (or equivalent). We are looking for highly motivated individuals with excellent communication skills, who can maintain and develop good working relationships with a range of different groups and are looking to develop in the FS and FI fields, in a busy and supportive environment.

The candidate may have to acquire additional qualifications (facilitated by the Brigade), as the role requires, e.g. the Level 5 Skills for Justice (SfJ) qualification.

Further information about the main duties and responsibilities of the role are detailed in the job description. If you are unable to see the job description please visit our jobs pages at to access the full advert.

To apply, please complete the online application and upload the following documents:

  • A copy of your up-to-date CV.
  • A cover letter (max. of two sided A4) clearly outlining your reason for applying and the relevant experience, skills and knowledge you have to successfully perform this role (see the job description below).
  • A copy of a minimum level 3 certificate in Fire Safety (or equivalent qualification).

Please ensure you give yourself enough time to complete and submit your application. Late or un-submitted applications cannot be accepted.

Please note any correspondence received from us will be via e-mail and sent to the address you provide on your application form.

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