STK Fire and Risk Management Ltd

We save lives of people we have never met! We do this by providing professional fire safety and health and safety assessments and supporting services to ensure people and companies are safe, compliant and stay in business.

Sector : Security & Uniformed Services

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Where is your business based?

We are based in Wolverhampton.

What is your name?

Steve Menzler

What is your role within the business?

I am the Director and Company Secretary.

What does your business do?

We visit organisations and assess what they are doing and ensure that they are doing it safely. We focus on fire safety and health and safety in order to prevent fires and accidents. We create and deliver complex technical assessments in plain and simple language that non-technical people can understand. Saving lives is too important to be done half-heartedly!

What is special about your business - what makes it a great place to work?

Most of STK's staff are ex-serving fire officers. This means we have personally witnessed numerous examples of when fire safety and health and safety has gone wrong. For example, attending large fires and many industrial accidents.This means that we do not wish anybody we work for to witness the things we have seen.

How many people do you employ?

We employ 10 full-time and 5 part-time staff. We are looking for people who are interested in the fire industry, these may be people who wanted to join the fire and rescue services but have not yet been successful. Do you know that fire doors save more lives than fire fighters? We want to train new people in the understanding of fire safety and fire behaviour to the benefit of our communities.

What skills and qualities do you look for in new employees?

We employ people who 'go the extra mile' and who are proud to work with us. Because the stakes are so high in our sector, we look for people who don't watch the clock, want to do things right first time and believe passionately in what we do. With those values in place, the rest can be learned.

What other job roles do you have in your business?

Technical fire risk assessors, technical health and safety assessors, adult trainers, administrative and operational support roles and sales staff.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in joining STK, please email steve@stkms.co.uk or have a look at our website.

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Steve Menzler

Co-Director of STK

Job role: Uniformed Services

How would you describe your job?

I manage the day to day business activities. This can be looking after the team and our customers, answering questions, writing company policies, ensuring that we have the right equipment in the office for staff to do their job and interviewing those who are looking to work with us. I also go to networking events where I meet other people from other businesses to form new business relationships.

Was this your first job? if not, what was your first job?

This was not my first job. I am an ex fire service officer. I was a fire fighter!

What process did you have to follow to get your job?

I created the company with the other co-director. His name is Terry. We both have knowledge of the UK Fire and Rescue Service. We knew their was a need for our company to offer the services we do as it helps saves lives.

What is great about your job?

We get to work with great people who have the same goal as us. That goal is ensuring that their surroundings are safe and if they aren't, we help to make their environment safe.

What training do you receive in your role?

We have lots of training opportunities within the business. These include health and safety, manual handling, fire safety awareness, fire marshall training and many more. We also keep up to date with new legislation (laws) and regulations that are created. We must never stop learning due to the nature of the business.

What skills are required to do your job?

For my role, you need to have good people skills. This means you will need to communciate well by being patient, understanding and listening to your staff and customers. You will also need to stay calm and be positive when problems arise and use your problem-solving skills to find a solution.

Do you require any role specific qualifications to do your job and if so, what are they?

Yes ultimately. There is an expectation that a good fire risk assessor should have NEBOSH plus the NEBOSH 'Fire' Module. However, this is not an expectation for people who want to join us. We will support people through these key qualifications and other sector specific qualifications when they work with us.

Ideally, what subject areas should the qualifications be taken in?

  • Business and Management
  • Design
  • Environment and Development
  • Law
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology

What is your personality type?

  • Commander - Bold, imaginative and strong willed leaders, always finding a way - or making one.

What hobbies and interests do you think would benefit a person in your role? (if there are any)

  • music
  • athletics
  • gym
  • motorsports
  • rugby
  • cars
  • sailing/canoeing
  • photography/film
  • reading
  • cats
  • dogs

How many years of experience do you need to do your job?

  • 6 - 10 years experience

How much can you earn in your job?

  • £40,000+

What level of qualifications do you require from school, college or university to do your role?

  • Level 2 - GCSE grades D-G (Level 1-3); Btec L1 Diploma, Certificate, Award: NVQ 1; Intermediate 1 General Standard Grade; SVQ1.
  • Level 3 - GCSE grades A*-C (Level 4-9); Btec First Diploma, Certificate, Award; NVQ 2; Intermediate 2 Credit Standard Grade; SVQ 2.
  • Level 4 - A level; S level; International Baccalaureate; Btec National Extended Dip & Diploma, Subsidiary Dip Certificate; NVQ 3; Highers; Advanced Highers Scottish Baccalaureate; SVQ 3.
  • Level 6 - Degree BA (Hons), Bsc (Hons); Degree (Top-up); NVQ 6; Bachelors / Masters Ordinary Degrees; Graduate Diplomas / Certificates; Bachelors / Masters Degrees (Honours); SVQ 4.
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Colin Whittington

Fire Safety Manager

Job role: Management And Executive

How would you describe your job?

I help to save lives. To do this I have various roles as a Fire Safety Manager. I meet people from other companies and carry out fire risk assessments at their properties. I check if fire protection systems are designed, tested, maintained and are following the right codes and standards. I also offer knowledge and support to all our customers every day! My most important work is to take all this technical stuff and write the customers a report in simple language about what they need to do to be safe.

Was this your first job? if not, what was your first job?

This was not my first job. I was a Non-Ferrous Metals Technician working in an analytical laboratory. Non-ferrous metals are those which do not contain iron, are not magnetic and are resistant to damage. An example of these metals are aluminium, copper, brass, lead, zinc and stainless steel.

What process did you have to follow to get your job?

After finishing college, I worked as a technician in industry. A couple of years later, I applied to join the fire service and successfully passed the entrance exam and physical tests. After 32 years and a lot of hard work, I retired from the Fire Service and was taken on by a fire risk assessment company. I worked as a self-employed consultant offering my knowledge and experience to others. Once I had developed my risk assessment skills, I got in contact with someone I used to work with in the Fire Service. They said there was a position as a Fire Safety Manager at STK and this is where I work today!

What is great about your job?

STK will always get the best out of you! I am allowed to use my skills to the best advantage. STK respects my previous knowledge and they are grateful for the hard work that I put in. Everyone here is warm, welcoming and friendly. It is a great place to work.

What training do you receive in your role?

We constantly update our technical knowledge through attending training sessions. More recently, STK have paid for me to do a NEBOSH Health and Safety course which can be recognised as a standard qualification across the world.

What skills are required to do your job?

You must be technically competent in all fire safety matters. You must be good at written communication and be able to interact with customers effectively.

Ideally, what subject areas should the qualifications be taken in?

  • Technology

What is your personality type?

  • Mediator - Poetic, kind and big-hearted people, always eager to help a good cause

What hobbies and interests do you think would benefit a person in your role? (if there are any)

  • travelling
  • photography/film
  • computer/IT
  • gaming

How many years of experience do you need to do your job?

  • 6 - 10 years experience

How much can you earn in your job?

  • £30,000 – £40,000

What level of qualifications do you require from school, college or university to do your role?

  • Level 2 - GCSE grades D-G (Level 1-3); Btec L1 Diploma, Certificate, Award: NVQ 1; Intermediate 1 General Standard Grade; SVQ1.
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Carolina Lopez

Operations Officer (Technical)

Job role: Operations And Logistics

How would you describe your job?

I help to save lives! This is how: I am very often the first person that a customer speaks to. This is very important as the customer is often asking about problems they find complicated or is a worry to them due to the life-preserving nature of the work we do. I reassure them that no matter how complicated it seems, we can help them. I communicate through clear and concise emails and telephone conversations. Following that, I collect all the relevant information of delivering a service to our customer, for example a fire risk assessment. For this I would contact one of our assessors and ensure that they have all the information they need to complete the job. As well as supporting our technical assessors, I have projects of my own such as organising our workshops to potential future customers. For this I collect information about the people attending and provide them with information and support packs.

Was this your first job? if not, what was your first job?

No, I had an internship with an environmental science company in my home country (Spain) before I moved to England. I helped to put recycling methods in place to help the local environment. I would go out to conduct field surveys, take samples and collect data about pollution or contamination and how it is affecting the area we live in. We would look at the data collected and think of solutions that would help the environment. At this point, I knew I wanted to do a role where I would actively be helping, promoting and improving the local community.

What process did you have to follow to get your job?

When I finished university, I applied to Gecko Programmes and was accepted on their Erasmus+ scheme. Erasmus+ allows students (UK and other European countries) studying particular certificates and qualifications to go work abroad. I was offered a part-time administrator role at STK. I was very happy as I wanted to improve my skills, and this was something that would allow me to do that. After 3 months, STK offered a full-time permanent position. I was given the important responsibility of preparing the training sessions and assisting the technical and development projects.

What is great about your job?

At STK, the work we do covers all industries and areas of work. This means you meet new people all the time. They can be from care homes, schools, factories or office buildings. As every single person works in a different type of building, their problems, issues and scenarios are different. It is really interesting to see how our solutions can be applied to all of areas of work. Everything we do is to prevent the loss of life. I am very proud to be part of it.

What training do you receive in your role?

I have had dynamic risk assessment training, DSE assessment training, asbestos training, Fire Marshall training and manual handling training. All of these are internal courses provided by STK. External courses are those provided by another certified company. I have completed IOSH Managing Safety, Evacuation Chair Training and Managing Projects (by Gecko Programmes).

What skills are required to do your job?

You need to be able to multi-task as you are doing many different jobs. You need excellent communication skills, IT/word processing and good organisation. You should be able to work under pressure and in a team. A positive attitude is essential!

Do you require any role specific qualifications to do your job and if so, what are they?

You don’t need any specific qualifications, but we do prefer those who have a Grade C/3 and above in Maths and English. We look for those who have the potential, want to be around those with experience, want to learn new things and most of all, those who are looking to make a difference.

Ideally, what subject areas should the qualifications be taken in?

  • Environment and Development
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology

What is your personality type?

  • Logistician - Practical and fact-minded individuals whose reliability cannot be doubted.

What hobbies and interests do you think would benefit a person in your role? (if there are any)

  • music
  • gym
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • hiking
  • travelling
  • photography/film
  • social media

How many years of experience do you need to do your job?

  • 1 - 2 years experience

How much can you earn in your job?

  • £15,000 – £20,000

What level of qualifications do you require from school, college or university to do your role?

  • Level 2 - GCSE grades D-G (Level 1-3); Btec L1 Diploma, Certificate, Award: NVQ 1; Intermediate 1 General Standard Grade; SVQ1.
  • Level 3 - GCSE grades A*-C (Level 4-9); Btec First Diploma, Certificate, Award; NVQ 2; Intermediate 2 Credit Standard Grade; SVQ 2.
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Role: Uniformed Services
Title: Co-Director of STK
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Role: Management And Executive
Title: Fire Safety Manager
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Role: Operations And Logistics
Title: Operations Officer (Technical)

Work Experience : STK Administrative Role

We can cater for work experience. We offer general administrative roles and CAD work. Please get in touch with us to see if we have places available. Email: steve@stkms.co.uk.

Work Experience : Fire Risk Assessor

If you are interested in the Fire Service or Fire Safety Industry give me a call about work experience. You will be able to accompany our Fire Risk Assessors or Fire Safety Trainers when they are with our customers and see what we do and decide if its for you. If you have an interest in sciences such as Chemistry and Physics this will assist you. You will need to have a good level of Maths and English as there is a report to write as this is what we present to our customers. contact us to see if we have places currently available. Email steve@stkms.co.uk