Role

Inspection Officers

Fire Inspection forms the basis of our Protection Programme, designed to reduce the risk and impact of fire upon communities, businesses, heritage sites and our environment, and safeguard Firefighters who respond to incidents involving them. 

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority has a statutory duty for enforcing The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in most premises in West Yorkshire, which came into force on 1 October 2006, and Section 19 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Specialist Fire Inspection officers visit higher risk and complex non-domestic properties to inspect their protection systems, and carry out assessments of workplaces, processes and associated risks.

Fire investigator at a fire incident making notes

Non-domestic properties include, for example: hospitals, schools and colleges, public buildings, commercial and industrial premises, places of worship, shops, offices, animal premises and stables.

These activities complement the work our Community Safety teams perform across West Yorkshire, and has made a significant contribution to reducing the number of fires in West Yorkshire by 45% since 2002/2003.

Fire Inspection officers carry out fire safety audits, maintain our premises database and prepare reports on their findings. They publicise, promote and provide fire safety advice in a range of community languages to members of the public, and liaise with other enforcing agencies. They also prepare investigation reports and may attend court.

Being able to work on their own initiative and communicate effectively with co-workers, community members, landlords and other Agencies are important skills, as is producing good quality information and reports.

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