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Senior Fire Safety Engineer

GEM Premium People Ltd
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9 Mar 2021

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Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Business, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

Durham University seeks to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for work and study that assists all members of our University community to reach their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from across the international, national and regional communities that we work with and serve.

The Estates and Facilities Directorate provides a number of essential services to Durham University and is responsible for managing, maintaining and developing the infrastructure and building fabric of the various campuses.

The Senior Fire Safety Engineer, will be responsible for applying fire engineering in the design of buildings, including, but not limited to:

• technical delivery of fire safety services;

• design and drawing appraisals;

• checking for fire design compliance with Approved Document B, BS9999 or fire engineering design;

• providing help, advice and assessment of individual issues, such as: fire safety management; compartmentation; passive and active fire safety building systems; occupancy levels; places of special fire risk; fire escape doors and fire escape routes; fire fighting lifts; emergency lighting; fire alarms; fire hydrants; sprinklers and fire fighting equipment; specialist fire protection systems; arrangements for disabled people; fire appliance routes; construction fire safety audits and plans;

• end user Fire Safety Manuals Providing Technical Guidance.

Role responsibilities:

• Deliver specialist services, including fire safety investigations, and quality and regulatory audits, as an expert practitioner in fire safety engineering; making recommendations and identifying priorities to improve fire safety across the estate.

• Assess and understand the main British fire safety legislation and standards applied to buildings, such as Approved Document B (AD B), BS9999, BS7974, etc.

• Delegate authority and responsibility to make decisions about the quality, level and nature of the fire safety service and staffing necessary to meet operational and annual strategic business objectives.

• Lead the design, development and implementation of fire safety strategies and reports, and influence organisational transformation.

• Advise on appropriate fire safety solutions at internal and external design meetings.

• Lead reviews and design verification of fire safety solutions in all projects.

• Lead the development of fire risk assessments and a programme of fire safety inspections

• Work with team members, stakeholders and Trade Union representatives, to build and maintain excellent working relationships, and provide professional guidance regarding fire safety.

• Build and establish contacts and networks with key stakeholders, internal and external staff, suppliers, contractors and industry specialists.

• Carry out research to determine fire safety technological/system/facility trends and translate these into implications, risks and opportunities for operational service quality management and delivery.

• Lead, manage and implement fire safety projects across the organisation, monitoring and mapping performance, and providing progress reports and mitigating actions to ensure key deliverables and targets are met.

• Deliver professional expertise with the design, construction and development of fire safety solutions.

• Identify, source, test and validate resources, materials, tools, instruments, equipment, and software critical to fire safety service delivery.

• Manage and monitor overall security, health and safety assessments and procedures, ensuring compliance.

• Receive information on, and investigate incidents and accidents, formulating and implementing any follow-up actions.

• Resolve fire safety matters, with minimal direct oversight.

Essential Criteria

1. MFireE and IFE Level 5 Diploma in Fire Engineering Design, or equivalent.

2. Chartered, or working towards Chartered Status, as a Fire Safety Engineer.

3. Professional practitioner with specialist up-to-date fire safety law, building codes and best practice, As Low as Reasonably Practicable (ALARP) understanding, and other relevant fire safety guidance knowledge and expertise used to influence service delivery and activities within the organisation.

4. Knowledge of fire modelling simulation.

5. Knowledge and familiarity on computer aided design (CAD) packages, building information management (BIM), active fire protection (AFP) and passive fire protection (PFP).

6. Practical experience of developing and implementing fire safety management systems.

7. Experience of auditing fire safety management systems against a recognised standard.

8. Extensive knowledge and experience of ensuring compliance with regulatory and organisational policy and guidelines, and fire risk assessment principles.
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