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Function description for Chief Fire Officer (Area manager)

The Chief Fire Officer is the Area Manager in the Estate Department ‑ Facilities Management, Building Engineering Section. The purpose of the Chief Fire Officer function is systematic work on protecting buildings and operations against fire. The section is divided into four geographical operations areas (Gaustad, Lower Blindern, Oslo Centre, Upper Blindern) and each section contains a portfolio of buildings.

Responsibilities and roles

  • Implement and follow up routines that ensure compliance with the fire safety requirements applicable to buildings.
  • Implement and follow up procedures to uncover, correct and prevent deficiencies in building elements, installations and equipment for detecting or limiting the consequences of fire.
  • Implement and follow up routines to uncover, correct and prevent deficiencies in the systematic safety work tailored to the building’s size, complexity, use, and risk.
  • Ensure that own operations personnel tasked with handling alarms and incidents have sufficient know-how and skills and are in communication with the Security Operation Centre during normal business hours.
  • Hold regular evacuation drills.
  • Keep technical fire documentation up to date.


Chief Fire Officers must have the necessary expertise to be able to perform their tasks with particular knowledge of fire safety issues applicable to their buildings. The Chief Fire Officer must also be familiar with regulatory requirements for flammable and reactive substances, fire risk, organisational factors and the fire brigade’s emergency response options.

Main tasks

  • Inspection and maintenance of building elements and safety installations.
  • Inform the user’s representatives about the requirements applicable to the building and about all the characteristics of the building that have an impact on fire safety.
  • Hold evacuation drills in all buildings at least once a year. Local assessment of risk may entail more frequent drills.
  • Participate in notified inspections with the authorities.
  • Implement compensating measures in the event of abnormal or highly varying risks. Examples include when technical measures, building elements, equipment, systems etc. or parts of such that are of significant importance to fire safety are rendered non-operational.
  • Help with coordination in the event of multiple users of the building.
  • Assist the managers of undertakings with dividing the spaces by establishing Floor Contacts.
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Published Feb. 1, 2019 10:31 AM - Last modified Feb. 5, 2019 10:58 AM