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 noncomplex 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.
All learners will complete both on and off the job training elements for this standard and at the end of their programme will not only complete their Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business fire Safety Advisor, learners will also gain a Level 3 Certificate in Fire Safety. Dependent upon prior qualifications learners may also need to complete functional skills in English & Maths.
For the off the job training element it is compulsory that learners attend centre to achieve knowledge, understanding and competence training. This begins with a 3 day induction covering the principles of the apprenticeship and Induction to Programme, this then moves onto block days off the job throughout the 18 months covering the following subjects:
All of the off the job training elements cover the foundations for the NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety & Risk Assessment. Companies and learners have the option to pay a top up fee to gain this qualification outside of the apprenticeship should they so wish.
For the Level 3 Certificate in Fire Safety learners have to complete the following subjects: