Definition of a Fire Safety Manager

A person employed to monitor and control management of fire safety with specific reference to controlling the risk from fire to people, property and the environment.


Duties and responsibilities to include:

A fire safety manager should be able to:

  • Recognise all fire safety features within the building and their purpose;
  • Identify all fire safety risks specific to the organisation or building;
  • Have knowledge and awareness of all fire safety features specific to the organisation or building and their purpose;
  • Identify fire safety risks specific to the organisation or building;
  • Know the requirements for emergency plans and evacuation strategies;
  • Know how to achieve compliance with legislation, including the need to commission/carry out and monitor fire risk assessments;
  • Develop and implement an organisation’s fire safety strategy and policy;
  • Develop and plan training programmes for different levels of fire safety operatives:
  • Cooperate and coordinate between different responsible persons where appropriate, and between other employees and relevant persons;
  • Monitor and mitigate unwanted fire signals and carry out the reporting of fire incidents;
  • Liaise with enforcing authorities;
  • Liaise with other managers and management;
  • Monitor inspections and maintenance of fire safety systems.
  • Develop and use control systems for contractors and other visitors to the site/building/organisation etc;



Life Safety Managers

A person who manages life safety (both systems and people). In particular, controlling the risk to people from fire including safe practices and the interaction of life safety systems and their provision.




Fire Risk Managers

Definition of a Fire Risk Manager

A person who deals with the fire risk management and the fire risk management systems for a building and deals principally with protection of property and may or may not deal with life safety.


Duties and responsibilities to include:

  • Responsible for the organisational fire risk management strategy, its scope and day to day management of it and internal audit
  • Determining the levels of competence for people working for the organisation including external contractors
  • Managing fire safety policies and strategies for processes and risks
  • Identification of weakness’s in any procedures and set up remedial programmes
  • Dealing with the verification of fire risk assessments and implementation of the action plan including carrying out regular fire safety audits
  • Implement and test Fire Evacuation procedures.
  • Liaise with external bodies to include fire authority
  • Liaise with all current stakeholders including insurance companies
  • Control of contractors on site (especially for hot work)
  • Employing external contractors for regular maintenance and testing of passive and active safety equipment and ensuring contractors are third party accredited and have on site fire safety induction training.
  • Understanding of relevant legislation and current relevant guidance
  • Coordinates actions of fire safety manager, life safety manager, building safety manager etc. including future planning
  • Organising training for staff at various levels
  • Dealing with and investigating causes of unwanted alarms