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External Fire Protection Officer

An external fire protection officer identifies risks and recommends measures for optimal and legally secured fire protection in your company.

Hand over responsibility

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:

  • Prevent fires,
  • propose measures and
  • keep consequential damage to a minimum.

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.

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Training as fire protection officer at CWS

Practical training

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.

Your advantages with a fire protection officer from CWS

Many years of experience

CWS Benefit Fire Safety external View

Our fire protection officers have already supported many customers. They negotiate safely with authorities, fire brigades and insurance companies day in and day out.

More personnel capacities

CWS Benefit Close to Customer

External fire protection officers take pressure off your employees and take responsibility for the protection of people and facilities.

View from outside

CWS Solution Fire Safety Planung Beratung Dokumentation

As company outsiders, our experts detect risks without “operational blindness” and advise the management team from a neutral outsider's perspective.

Time and cost savings

Prenájom výhod CWS

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.

Reliable monitoring

CWS Benefit intermediate Inspection

We ensure that the site inspection takes place at least once per month and is professionally documented.

Full service

CWS Benefit Fire Safety Full Service

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.

Our fire protection officer supports you with the documentation and possible measures. Request a quote now.

Specifications for the external fire protection officer

External fire protection officers are required by law in the following areas:

  • Industrial buildings with more than 5,000 m2 floor area
  • Sales premises with more than 2,000 m2 floor area
  • Office and administration buildings with more than 3,000 m2 of floor space
  • Special buildings such as assembly centres, clinics, high-rise buildings, ... (depending on Landesbauordnung / the state building code)
  • Environments with a particularly high fire risk, such as production facilities, warehouses, kitchens and workshops.

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.

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External help

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.

One fire safety officer - many activities

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.

Tasks of an external fire safety officer (excerpt):

  • Exchange with management, proposal of recommendations for preventive and defensive fire protection.
  • Support in implementing the requirements of authorities and insurers
  • Support during inspections of fire protection systems by experts
  • First point of contact for fire protection in new and renovated buildings
  • Fire protection instruction in the company, e.g. for hot work, as well as annual employee training in accordance with the DGUV (German Social Accident Insurance)
  • Checking fire and explosion hazards and checking escape and rescue routes
  • Carrying out training for employees to become fire protection and evacuation assistants.

Here you will find all the tasks of a fire safety officer.

External fire safety officer

Our fire protection officer supports you with the documentation and possible measures. Request a quote now.

CWS fire safety products

Fire extinguishers, hydrants, but also safety lighting and information signs make up preventive fire protection. Have a look at our product range.

Fire doors and gates

Fire extinguisher

Safety lighting & number plates


Questions and answers about the fire protection officer

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:

  • Industrial buildings with a floor area of more than 5,000 m2
  • Sales outlets with a floor area of more than 2,000 m2
  • Office and administration buildings with more than 3,000 m2 of floor space
  • Special buildings (e.g. high-rise buildings, clinics, hotels, retirement homes)

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.

Additional CWS fire safety products

CWS Solution Fire Safety Planung Beratung Dokumentation

Consultation, planning & documentation

We’re also happy to support you with fire protection concepts, escape plans and their official documentation.

CWS Solution Fire Safety Installation Abnahme

Installation and acceptance

Our technicians install the equipment and check its operation for official approval.

CWS Solution Fire Safety Wartung Instandhaltung

Maintenance and repair

We check fire protection doors and gates, installations etc. for functionality and repair defects.

CWS Solution Fire Safety Brandschutz Schulung

Fire protection training

We make sure your employees are well prepared in the event of an emergency.


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