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Apprentice Inspecting Officer, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (REF: AIO/WFRS)

Listed 06 September 2021

Apprentice Inspecting Officer

A vital role in keeping those who work, live and visit West Sussex safe…

About Us

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) is a diverse organisation that provides services to more than 850,000 residents every day. Our teams use their experience to enable and challenge the Council to deliver improved efficiency and effectiveness. As part of the County Council, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (WSFRS) is focused on the delivery of a response, prevention and protection service operating to the highest performance standards to ensure the safety of residents and visitors.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Protection department supports businesses to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and other legislation, so that building owners or managers minimise the risk of fire, have suitable and sufficient fire safety management, facilities and equipment, training and planning so that everyone in the premises are kept safe and protected from the effects of fire and can safely leave the premises in the event of a fire starting.

For more information about West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, please visit our Fire and Rescue Service page.

About The Job
  • Salary: £19,312 - £19,698 per annum
  • Working Pattern: Full time, 37 hours per week
  • Contract Length: Apprenticeship, September 2023
  • Location: Horsham, with a requirement to travel across West Sussex
  • Interview Date: 07 and 08 October 2021

We are looking for three inspiring and motivated individuals to join West Sussex Fire and Rescue service as an Apprentice Inspecting Officer.

Your role is vital in keeping those who work, live and visit West Sussex safe through being responsible for carrying out Fire Safety audits and inspections to assess compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and other relevant legislation.

Working closely with and liaising with other organisations and enforcing bodies in respect of Fire Safety provisions within premises, you will support businesses by providing Fire Safety advice and influence them to make the necessary safety changes to the buildings. You will identify high risk premises, groups and individuals within the community to assist with the implementation of targeted risk-based inspection programmes.

You will provide technical advice and support on fire safety regulations and guidance documents to internal and external stakeholders, and guidance to businesses to reduce unwanted fire signals (e.g. from automatic fire alarms) and deliberate fires. You will respond to alleged fire risks/complaints and post fire enquiries.

Through gathering Operational Risk Information, you will contribute to the safety of operational staff. You will gather information as necessary and support in compiling legal action files for investigations to give evidence in court and contribute to the policy and procedures that relate to legislative guidance on matters concerning Fire Safety. Your work may sometimes involve exposure to people or subject matter which occasionally places emotional or environmental demands on you. There is a regular and intrinsic requirement to communicate in English with members of the public.

Experience and Skills

Above all you will have a positive, can-do attitude and a strong desire to learn and grow. Your apprenticeship will be a flexible role where you will work alongside colleagues to provide a customer focused service to others. You will need the drive and commitment to complete all your assignments/projects to achieve your Fire Safety Inspector Apprenticeship, and present evidence for assessment within specified timeframes.

Key Skills:
  • Ability to meet deadlines and use initiative to complete varied tasks.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team to provide a co-ordinated service to others.
Qualifications and/or experience:

Level 3 qualification in a Fire or Health and Safety related subject – for example NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, Level 3 Safety, Health and Environment Technician apprenticeship, Level 3 Award in Fire Safety Management or Level 3 Business Fire Safety Advisor Apprenticeship (you will need to provide evidence of your qualifications).


At least three years’ relevant work experience.


Previous experience of providing a service to others and working with others to deliver a goal, either in a job or an extra-curricular activity (e.g. Duke of Edinburgh).

Rewards and Benefits

As an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do.

Aside from 23 day annual leave, you will also have access to a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.

Further Information

The reference number for this role is CPP00400.

For an informal conversation or for further information regarding the role, please contact SM Adam Condell

To apply, please follow the links below upload your CV and complete the application explaining the skills and experience you can bring to the role ensuring that any gaps in employment are covered in your CV. Please ensure you have saved the job description attached to the main advert on our website as, once the job has closed, you may not have the opportunity to download again.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to referencing and a health check.

West Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer committed to promoting an environment that is inclusive and free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of its people. We actively welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and take every possible step to ensure that no individual will be disadvantaged.

For information regarding your eligibility to apply for this role under our Disability or Veteran’s Guaranteed Interview Scheme, this can be found on our application help page.  

Note for Recruitment Agencies:  We prefer to hire people directly, but we do have a supplier list for when we need a helping hand. We'll be in touch directly if we need you!

Closing date: 26 September 2021

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