Lead Fire Engineer

Fire Service Headquarters
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Grade 9
37 (Green) 42 (Grey)
Full Time

Lead Fire Engineer


A vacancy exists for the position of Lead Fire Engineer


Location:                      Fire Service Headquarters, Pirehill, Stone, Staffs, ST15 0BS


Responsible to:           Protection Lead


Responsible for:         3 x Senior Fire Safety Inspecting Officers


Salary:                          Green book – Grade 9 (£40,221 - £43,421)

                                      Grey Book – SMA for pay purposes only (Grey Book personnel would maintain their substantive role for operational purposes. Should the candidate be successful in the relevant Station Manager promotion processes, they may be aligned to the Operational Officers Rota at the appropriate level should a suitable vacancy arise)


Hours:                          Green book – 37 hours per, flexible working hours in operation

                                      Grey book – 42 hours per week


Contract Type:           Permanent


About the role:

This is an exciting opportunity to support the Protection Lead to deliver the Protection Strategy for the Service, having responsibility for the Central Protection Team in delivering building regulation and licencing applications, as well as leading on the prosecution function for the Service. 

The postholder will also be the authoritative resource in relation to fire safety engineered solutions and associated matters, working with stakeholders and partners to ensure all new buildings and major refurbishments within Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire are designed and built to:


  • Prevent fire deaths, injuries and loss
  • Be more sustainable
  • Reduce the economic and environmental impact from fire


Duties Include:

  • Ensure compliance with all appropriate/ approved documents of any major planning project design
  • Lead on the Community Sprinkler Project, ensuring relevant directorates and boards are updated at timely intervals
  • Ensure that all major refurbishments and new build projects consider design freedoms offered through early inclusion of fire suppression systems and any future fire safety innovations
  • Support the development of a countywide media campaign regarding fire suppression systems and future fire safety innovations
  • Support Fire Safety Enforcement Officers in monitoring all local activities in order to prevent duplication, share information, and maintain consistency in this subject area
  • Support the Continual Professional Development of Fire Safety Enforcement Officers regarding fire suppression systems and future fire safety innovations
  • To maintain operational competence in line with the Service’s Operational Competency Framework and to provide resilience to the response arrangements within the organisation during periods of high demand i.e. spate conditions. (If Grey Book)





Person Specification:


Essential Criteria:


Education and Training


BEng (Hons) Fire Engineering or a related subject (related subjects could include other engineering disciplines or straight physics or chemistry) of equivalent ability, supported by mathematical qualification to ‘A’ level standard.



Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal), in order to interact effectively with internal and external stakeholders and partners
  • Good IT skills and use of Microsoft Office and CAD programs
  • Able to work effectively alone, and as a part of a team.  Able to process new information quickly. Good time management
  • Effective presentation skills in order to deliver to large and small audiences of all levels of ability and seniority 
  • Experience of line managing others
  • Experience in financial and budget management
  • 3 years fire safety experience (minimum), and a good understanding of fire safety principles and fire safety laws.  External applicants should be able to demonstrate experience of designing and managing successful fire engineered projects
  • Knowledge of approved documents related to fire engineering BB 100, BS 7974, BS9999, BSEN12845 etc.); laws and regulations (Building regulations, RR(FS)O, AD’B’); CFD programs
  • Experience in planning section work, or an appreciation of the mechanisms and constraints within which building control bodies have to operate



This post is subject to a DBS Check.


Desirable Criteria:


Masters Degree and Chartered Engineer status, or a willingness to commit to achieving Chartered Engineer status


Full range of Fire Service College fire safety modules or appropriate/equivalent CPD qualifications. 


ILM Level 3 Management qualification;

Knowledge of Fire and Rescue Authority/Service organisational structures


A knowledge of the County of Staffordshire;


Possess computer programming skills or a willingness to learn this. Practical experience of fire dynamics and firefighting operations





Additional Information:


This vacancy is open to internal and external  applicants.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 27th of February 2024 12 noon.

Interviews will be held week commencing the 11th of March 2024. 

** Please note that any SFRS Retained personnel wishing to apply must ensure a revised declaration is approved by their SDG, prior to submitting their application **


If you have any enquiries please contact: shaunagh.havelin@staffordshire.police.uk


HR officer: Florence.chambers@staffordshirefire.gov.uk


Please note that if successful for this role, the following tests and checks will be conducted:
  • Medical assessment 
  • DBS check
  • References

This opportunity is closed to applications.