Fire Safety Enforcement

Target audience

For investigators who enforce: The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Fire Safety Officers, Inspectors and Fire Safety Managers.

Delegates are guided through a complete investigation from identification of a Fire Safety Order contravention to prosecution and cross-examination in court.


To enable delegates to:

  • investigate contraventions of fire safety legislation
  • prepare a case file
  • present evidence in court

Core topic areas

  • Legal powers, duties and responsibilities
  • Investigation best practice
  • Investigation planning
  • Evidence gathering, evaluation and continuity
  • Taking contemporaneous notes
  • Writing and taking witness statements
  • Interviewing witnesses and defendants
  • Collecting and managing information and evidence
  • Serving statutory enforceable documents
  • Informing persons and organisations of circumstances
  • Producing a case file to show offences committed
  • Presenting evidence, facing cross examination in Court

Core Legislation and Guidance

  • Regulatory Reform (Fire safety) Order 2005
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (Whistleblower)
  • Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and the Codes of Practice (PACE)
  • Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA)
  • Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (CPIA)
  • CFOA Guidance documents and MG forms
  • BIS Regulators’ Code


Assessment of course work is to NOS (National Occupational Standards).

Qualifications and NOS

This course includes the assessment criteria for NOS:

These National Occupational Standards  are from qualification: Level 4 Diploma in Fire Safety (Fire Inspectors): details

This is an optional course for the completion of the Level 4 Fire Safety Diploma, it offers 3 credits. Other optional courses for the Level 4 Diploma include: Draft Enforceable Documents course (3 credits) and Serve Enforceable Documents course (3 credits).

Dates and Prices

Duration 5 Days
Dates Mon 29th Apr - Fri 3rd May 2024
(Course Full) ⨉ Mon 24th Jun - Fri 28th Jun 2024 ⨉
Mon 9th Sep - Fri 13th Sep 2024
Mon 23rd Sep - Fri 27th Sep 2024
Mon 6th Jan - Fri 10th Jan 2024 #
Mon 24th Feb - Fri 28th Feb 2025
Delegate Cost £1250.00 + VAT
Location iVC: Interactive Virtual Classroom
Not applicable
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Prior Learning

Completed Level 4 Certificate in Fire Safety (Fire Auditors) or equivalent.

Pre-Course Modules



Sessions will be delivered using PowerPoint, whiteboard explanation, interactive group discussion, individual tuition and practical exercises including role play with actors, cross examination by a lawyer in a Magistrates Court.

In groups (syndicates) of up to 4, delegates investigate a different reconstructions of FSO contraventions. Actors feature in this skills-based practice.

Post Course

Delegates must complete workbooks within four weeks of course completion.