Assistant Chief Fire Officer- Subject To Contract Award


Saudi Arabia

Ref: LP119-388

Job description / Role

The purpose of the role is to lead the fire safety team, through effective supervision and assessments so that all buildings associated with the airport are safeguarded by fire protection systems and support evacuation process. To support and manage fire safety related issues and provide recommendations which will meet all current regulations. To assist in the investigation of incidents related to buildings and provide written submissions. To liaise with Engineering Projects and contractors to ensure international and national fire protection standards are being adhered to. The loss or partial disruption of essential airport buildings will have a detrimental effect on business continuity, therefore it is paramount fire safety vigilance is managed effectively.

Key accountabilities
• Liaison with the Civil Defence Fire Services in the local vacinity.
• Act as a member of the Airports Fire Committee, Health and Safety Line managers Committee and Flight Safety Committee.
• Encourage the development of personnel on the fire staion , within the requirements of the contract, to enable them to improve their knowledge and/or performance
• Produce an annual financial forecast to include all training requirements as required.
• Monitor the financial plan for fire safety and identify any shortfalls to the Chief Fire Officer.
• Effectively manage Fire Safety Inspections and minor project work for all premises on the airport and any parented locations.
• Responsible for providing management training for the nominated Person(s) Having Control (PHC) of a premise to ensure the effectiveness of the Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) process and that the responsibilities of the PHC within the Fire Risk Assessment are carried out and recorded in accordance with the specified frequencies
• Mentor qualified rire service staff carrying out Fire Risk Assessments at the airport to ensure continuity of process on the airport.
• Compiling a complete list of all assets on the airport, including those which fall under any parenting responsibility or encroachment criteria.
• Ensuring each asset has a file raised against that individual asset, as a sub-file of the main airport Fire Safety file.
• Logging and indexing all Fire Risk Assessments.
• Ensuring that the Airport Fire Safety Management Plans are maintained and appropriately signed off by all relevant parties
• Send copies of Fire Risk Assessment to all person(s) having control of the premises (PHC) and complete an executive summary detailing the significant findings for all Fire Risk Assessments conducted within a given time-frame (e.g. monthly).
• Hastening action is to be initiated for all required remedial action notified within the Fire Risk Assessment that is not actioned by the nominated PHC within 4 weeks of issue of the Fire Risk Assessment.
• Ensuring all Fire Risk Assessment recommendations are entered within the Fire Risk Assessment framework to ensure a permanent record is maintained.
• Attend all siting boards for new build and improvement work projects and handover/takeover boards and where necessary apply the Estate Business Management System.
• Ensure that standardised FS legislation is applied to all alterations, changes of use and minor new works to an asset. All recommendations and observations are to be addressed.
• Liaise with on-site works and contractors regarding fixed Fire Protection measures.
• Ensure all airport personnel, on location receive annual fire training (theoretical and practical) on actions in the event of a fire and the correct use and operation of portable fire-fighting equipment appropriate to their duties and location.
• Implement a robust fire training programme for all personnel on unit and parented units and maintain records of all personnel trained.
• Advise Airport executives of the current legislative requirements for all submissions of minor works and self-help projects.
• Make airport executives and the CFO aware of any major works required as a result of observations made during a Fire Risk Assessment inspection, or any Fire Safety deficiency or unauthorised change of use, causing concern regarding increased risk-to-life or assets.
• Ensure systems are in place regarding Contractor Hot Works on site.
• Assess and approve initial scaling and siting of all portable Fire Fighting Equipment and reassess the requirement during subsequent inspections.


• The applicant must have 10 years full time fire safety inspection experience.
• The applicant must provide evidence of possessing the necessary leadership and managerial skills to manage in a Fire Safety Department.
• They will be required speak English fluently and produce an excellent standard of English documentation.
• Abilty to operate effectively in high-stress situations and be able to meet the requirements of the current aviation medical standards.
• A thorough knowledge of ICAO and Airport Emergency Planning regulations is required along with experience of strategic planning and project management.

• Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE) Minimum of Graduate Level (GIFireE) or National Equivalent
• Graduate of the City & Guilds Institute of Leadership and Management or National Equivalent
• E1 Internal Verifier Qualification or Equivalent Auditor Qualification
• Emergency & Crisis Management – Planning or Industry Equivalent
• Formal Fire Investigation Qualification
• NEBOSH / IOSH – Managing Safely or Equivalent
• Recognized Formal Qualification in Fire Safety including Detection and Suppression systems.
• A Formal Adult Teaching / Instructor Qualification, PTLLS (Minimum Level 3 Award)
• Computer Literate at a minimum level of ECDL or National Equivalent
• A Full Clean International Driving Licence

About the Company

Serco is a FTSE 250 international service company which combines commercial know-how with a deep public service ethos.

Serco customers are looking for expertise in managing their people, processes, technology and assets more effectively. We advise economic decision makers, design innovative solutions, integrate systems and - most of all - deliver quality services directly to the public.

Serco supplies to governments, government enterprise, agencies and companies who seek a trusted outsourcing partner with a solid track-record of service excellence. Serco people offer operational, logistical and technical expertise in the Transport, Justice and Immigration, Defence, Education and Healthcare industries as well as in the commercial sectors of Facilities Management.

Serco Middle East have been in the Region since 1947, starting out delivering Air Traffic Control Services in Bahrain; a service we are proudly still running today and have expanded to include many other Airports in the region.

We have expanded significantly since that time across the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. We have been supporting the RTA to operate the Dubai Metro since 2009, are preparing to launch the flagship Saudi Arabia Passenger Rail service from Riyadh to Qassim in 2016. We deliver Facility Management services to both Cleveland Clinic and Healthpoint Hospitals in Abu Dhabi, large-scale medical facilities in Saudi Arabia and a range of educational and commercial properties in the UAE. We also deliver postgraduate education to Officers in the Qatar Armed Forces through the Joaan Bin Jassim Joint Command and Staff College in Doha.

Focusing on our core values, and creating a positive environment for employees to thrive, we look forward to a bright future as we continue to grow with the region.

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Assistant salaries in Saudi Arabia

Average monthly compensation
SAR 4,500

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