18 Sep

Fire risk assessment and awareness

This course has been converted to an online format with the course taking place over four half-days.

Fire risk awareness day one - 18 and 19 September 2023 (9.15 - 12.30)
Fire risk awareness day two - 20 and 21 September 2023 (9.15 - 12.30)

CIEH member
: £340
Affiliate member: £495
Non-member: £495

Please note that this training will be delivered via the Zoom online platform.  Please ensure that you are able to access this prior to booking.

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Event context:
To provide an overview of fire safety in domestic dwellings

Event overview:
This online course is divided over four half days and will lead delegates through fire safety legislation, relevant government guidance, codes of practice and applicable British Standards. There will be exploration of the development and spread of fire in domestic dwellings, the methods of control and detection while examining the various formats a fire risk assessment may take. By the end of both sessions, delegates will be able to critically review fire risk assessments and ensure they are accurate.

NB: Whilst this course aims to cover all housing categories it does mainly focus on HMOs.

By the end of this workshop delegates will (bullet points):

  • Have an understanding of the Legislation covering fire risk assessments
  • Be able to reference the appropriate guidance, codes of practice and British Standards
  • Appreciate fire spread in domestic dwellings
  • Know what fire protection and detection should be installed
  • Recognise and be able to audit Fire Risk Assessments

Who should attend:
All private sector enforcement officers, HMO staff and property managers

Event aims, objectives and (learning) outcomes:

  • To have an understanding of both the local authority role and that of the fire and rescue service in enforcing fire safety in domestic dwellings
  • Determine the methods of controlling and detecting the spread of fire
  • Know who is responsible for carrying out a fire risk assessment, what format it may be presented in and be able to critically examine it


  • "Enjoyable training with Paul Fitzgerald and Phil Barry – the knowledge they have of their fields is phenomenal. It’s been really useful and will definitely come in handy with new skills / things to look out for, when it comes to my inspections and HMO licensing." Emily Jones BSc MCIEH, Private Sector Technical Officer, Wychavon and Malvern Hills District Councils

Fire risk assessment and awareness programme

CPD: 12 hours

Paul Fitzgerald

Paul Fitzgerald qualified as an Environmental Health Officer in 1979 and has worked for a number of Inner London and 2 rural authorities, specialising in private sector housing. Paul has also worked for a Residential Social Landlord as a maintenance manager, dealing with routine, cyclical and project management. Since 1995 Paul has worked as a consultant in this field, carrying out, managing and quality assessing stock condition surveys, working for both public and private sector landlords on specific projects or providing staff cover. He set up his own company, Southern Environmental Services Limited, which ran from 1998 to 2021 and now acts as a sole trader, trading as Southern Environmental Services.

Paul has been involved with the implementation of the Housing Health and Safety Hazard Rating System since 1999, when it was trialied as part of local authority stock condition surveys. He is a University of Warwick Trained HHSRS Trainer, having delivered courses continuously since 2004, on the assessment and enforcement of the system, for the University of Warwick, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, CPC Ltd. PPS Ltd. RHE Ltd and other commercial training organisations. He has both developed and presented courses for Fire Risk Awareness, HMO Practical Inspection and Enforcement, HMO Licensing, Damp and Mould, Asbestos and bite-size modules for traditional housing construction.

His contracts have included;

• Managing the Houses in Multiple Occupation Team at Eastbourne Borough Council

• Acting Private Sector Housing Manager for Gravesham Borough Council, specifically submitting a successful bid for £0.86M additional grant funding.

• Private Sector Housing Team Manager, Oxford City Council, various roles, including HMO Enforcement and Unlawful Developments

• Delivering training courses to Private Sector Landlords on HMO issues.

• Delivering training courses to Surveying Companies and RSLs on the Health and Safety Hazard Rating System.

He continues to be act as a consultant and expert witness for both for Local Authorities and for private landlords, RSLs and charities such as Shelter in Private Sector Housing cases, putting theory into practice.

He has been the chairman of the National HMO Network and is still a member of that organisation.

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