South West

Welcome to the National Association of Healthcare Fire Officers (NAHFO)

NAHFO Southwest Branch acts as the voice of those associated with healthcare fire safety across the Southwest Region

The Southwest Branch has a variety of members spanning over 12 acute, community and mental healthcare trusts’ including estate managers, fire safety advisors and fire safety consultants.  We are a proactive branch who actively promote fire safety and encourage those starting out their careers in fire safety and have one of the youngest members within Nahfo.  Our branch meetings are attended and supported by the local fire service and our members can offer a range of experience which include engineering, military and clinical backgrounds as well as having the benefit of an authorised engineer (fire) as one of our branch officers. Member engagement is important to us, and we strongly encourage regular feedback from our branch members so that we can continue to provide relevant CPD and support on regulation and standard updates to promote a standardised approach to fire safety across the southwest region.

Our Objectives


To promote

and encourage the furtherance of the highest standards of fire safety in healthcare premises.


To improve

the status and prospects of the Health Service Fire Officers, including a career structure.


To afford

facilities for training and the collation and dissemination of information to members.


To establish

liaison with other bodies on matters of common interest where this is consistent with the objectives of the Association.


We work with other fire organisations

To best achieve its objectives, NAHFO works very closely with other UK fire safety organisations and is considered as an authority in healthcare fire safety, NAHFO is made up of 13 regional Branches with a National Executive Committee that oversees the running of the organisation.

The membership includes NHS Trust Fire Safety Officers and Advisors, NHS Fire Safety Managers, Local Authority Fire and Rescue Service Officers, private healthcare fire officers and others who have a direct responsibility for fire safety within, or associated to healthcare settings.