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An external fire protection officer identifies risks and recommends measures for optimal and legally secured fire protection in your company.
Fires endanger not only employees, but also the very existence of a company. Damage caused by fire can interrupt orders and in the worst case the company can even be threatened with insolvency. For this reason, occupational health and safety, building law and insurers place companies under obligation. As a rule, they prescribe a fire protection officer who is responsible for fire protection in the building and helps with this:
This can also be an external fire protection officer: he is familiar with the regulations and has a neutral view of fire protection in your building. CWS can gladly support you with an expert.
CWS also offers training to become a fire safety officer at the Fire Safety Academy in Rödermark near Frankfurt. The training is characterized by a high practical component in the company's own training workshop as well as an on-site visit to an external industrial plant.
Our fire protection officers have already supported many customers. They negotiate safely with authorities, fire brigades and insurance companies day in and day out.
External fire protection officers take pressure off your employees and take responsibility for the protection of people and facilities.
As company outsiders, our experts detect risks without “operational blindness” and advise the management team from a neutral outsider's perspective.
With CWS, you save the time and effort required that you would usually spend carrying out regular training and further education with your internal representatives.
We ensure that the site inspection takes place at least once per month and is professionally documented.
Consultation, coordination with authorities and partners or monitoring on site: A wide range of tasks, which you receive from us all from a single source.
External fire protection officers are required by law in the following areas:
The fire protection concept or the building permit for the building will tell you whether you also need a fire protection officer. In addition, the technical rules for workplaces (ASR), requirements of the employers' liability insurance associations, statutory accident insurance or property insurers may also prescribe this.
We will be happy to advise you comprehensively, by telephone or by e-mail - just get in touch with us. Together we will go through which tasks an external fire safety officer must fulfil and how often he is there for you. The catalogue of services will be part of the contract between you and our CWS Fire Safety Team.
External fire safety officers report directly to the company management. In principle, they are supposed to check the fire protection facilities in the building at least once a month. They regularly submit a report to the management documenting deficiencies and recommending appropriate measures. However, the management alone decides on their implementation. By having external fire safety officers, entrepreneurs save internal costs that would be incurred by the training and lack of capacity of their own employees as fire safety officers.
Here you will find all the tasks of a fire safety officer.
Fire extinguishers, hydrants, but also safety lighting and information signs make up preventive fire protection. Have a look at our product range.
Is it compulsory to have a fire protection officer?
A fire protection officer is always recommended, but not every company needs to have one. As a rule of thumb: for facilities and workplaces with a particularly high fire risk and a high number of potentially endangered persons, it is compulsory to have a fire protection officer. Information is provided on building regulations, state building regulations, fire protection concepts, risk assessments and building permits. Insurance companies also often require you to have a fire protection officer. On top of this, occupational health and safety guidelines must also be observed.
It’s mostly the following types of workplaces that require specialists:
How many fire protection officers are necessary?
Some companies need more than just one fire protection officer. You can check how many you need in the stipulations of the state building regulation, the fire protection concept, the risk assessment or the property insurer
How are fire protection officers different from fire safety assistants?
A fire protection officer completes more comprehensive training according to the vfdb guidelines and takes on more tasks in the field of preventive fire protection. Only they can provide comprehensive advice to the person responsible for fire protection – i.e. employer or facility manager. Fire safety assistants, on the other hand, are supposed to initiate initial measures in the event of a fire, such as instructing the fire brigade. They also take part in a training course, but mainly possess basic knowledge. Often the fire protection officer trains the operational assistants. These fire protection training courses are also part of CWS’ service.
Is an internal or external officer best?
You have to weigh up what makes the most sense for your company. We’d be very happy to support you in this. Not every company has the capacity to employ a fire protection officer in its own staff. Employees can be responsible for occupational health and safety and fire protection at the same time, but cannot act as fire protection officers. Assigning this responsibility-intensive task to your own staff adds a lot of work for them. External experts can relieve such a burden on the workforce.
By the way, if guidelines require several experts, a combination of internal and external officers can also work. Our experts coordinate with all parties involved within your company and work hand in hand with them
How often does a fire protection officer work?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. The larger the task area of an officer, the more frequently they are called into action. However, their work also depends on the building itself as well as building law guidelines. In principle, the officer should visit the place of work at least once per month in order to check fire protection measures.
What advantages does the CWS service offer?
Our customers benefit from customised fire protection solutions and comprehensive services. Our complete service keeps the amount of effort as low as possible for you. In addition to an external fire protection officer, we can also provide you with an expert. You also need not worry about any defects that are discovered. We’d be more than happy to solve the problem for you.
We’re also happy to support you with fire protection concepts, escape plans and their official documentation.
Our technicians install the equipment and check its operation for official approval.
We check fire protection doors and gates, installations etc. for functionality and repair defects.
We make sure your employees are well prepared in the event of an emergency.
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