Authorised Engineer (Fire)
All hospitals and healthcare organisations are required to follow the Department of Health Firecode. As expected, hospitals require a high consideration and Firecode provides a functional approach to Approved Document B Fire Safety Building Regulations 2010.
The Authorising Engineer (Fire) acts as an independent professional adviser to the Trust. Is regarded as an assessor, makes recommendations for the appointment of Authorised Persons (Fire), monitors the performance of fire safety management and provides an annual audit to the Board Level Director (fire).
Firecode guidance does not require Trusts to directly employ an Authorising Engineer (Fire) rather, recommends the Authorising Engineer (Fire) remains independent of the operational structure of the trust.
Following the tragic Grenfell fire disaster, this roles importance was elevated by Government Ministers asking CEO’s when those responsible for managing fire safety in hospitals were last trained by the Authorised Engineer (Fire).
Firecode recommends Authorising Engineers (Fire) must demonstrate competence in their field of expertise, the trust should ensure they are either a chartered engineer and member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) or a chartered member of a similar professional body, or contact the specialist organisations for further guidance and/or information.
Martin was engaged as the Authorising Engineer (Fire) at Ipswich Hospital 2017-2019 until our professional indemnity insurance made it prohibited due to significant increase in fees following Grenfell.
- Martin is a member of six professional fire bodies including the IFE, IFPO and Specialist Fellow with the IIRSM.
- 2017-19 the Authorising Engineer (Fire) at a large hospital regarded as being the size of a small town, in a merger process with another large hospital.
- Fire consultancy 2011-2019 at a large mental health organisation who provide secure inpatient and out-patient’s care in the south east of England. NEPFT merged with SEPT and became EPUT who dismantled the highly experienced fire team.
- Served as the Fire Safety Adviser for Havering pct and ONEL including St Georges hospital and 80 community healthcare sites, located across east London.
- Fire Officer at Southend acute hospital with 860 beds, A&E and other high dependency units. During his time the Trust achieved fire compliance in key areas as required by the new Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
- Organised fire drills at the Royal London Whitechapel hospital resulting in a change of firefighting equipment used to protect the hellideck and a review of the hospitals fire evacuation procedures.
- Attended several large fires over 27 years in the London Fire Brigade; Bonner Road London’s Chest hospital, St Clements mental health hospital in Bow and the Royal London in Whitechapel.
- As an experienced team, MB Fire Risk are able to offer additional support to Martin by gathering information for the annual fire safety audit as required.
- Martin provides ongoing guidance and mentoring for Fire Safety Advisers and Senior Fire Managers on an ad hoc bases.