Posted: Wednesday 12th July 2017
Our Joint Protective Services team brings together Fire Protection and Prevention, Trading Standards and Community Safety specialists into a single team working to keep the people of Hertfordshire safe.
Kathleen Montgomery is one of the Fire Safety Inspectors in the JPS team, working to make sure that buildings across the county meet the relevant fire safety regulations. Whether it’s making sure that businesses have suitable and sufficient fire risk assessments in place, making sure that new developments have access for fire appliances, or checking that a nightclub’s fire exits are being kept clear, there’s a huge variety of fire risks for Kathleen and the team to assess and manage.
Kathleen told us: “There is no typical day in Fire Protection. You can have things scheduled in your diary, but you could end up dropping everything to investigate a report of an alleged fire risk or to help housing or environmental health teams with their safety inspections.”
“I’ve been doing this job for about 16 months. I have a degree in Forensic Science with Criminology and a Health and Safety qualification, so this job was perfect for me. It’s fun but challenging and I like how no two days are the same, even when you’re sat doing paper work.”
The JPS team try to work with businesses to help them comply with regulations. The aim is to support economic growth by building strong relationships with businesses, rather than be an obstacle. However the team don’t hesitate to enforce fire safety regulations where necessary – public safety is always the top priority.
With the recent fire in Grenfell Tower in London pushing fire safety regulations to the top of the national news agenda, and reminding everyone just how devastating fire can be, the JPS team have found their work under the spotlight as they work with social housing providers and other landlords to double check the fire risk assessments for high rise buildings in Hertfordshire.
Find out more about the team’s fire prevention work , where you can also request a fire safety visit to your home or school
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