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Fire and Life Safety Specialist (Rail)

Country/Region:  SA
Field:  Support & transversal

Riyadh, SA

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  10-15 years
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The global leader in public transport infrastructure, SYSTRA has specialised in the mass transit and rail market since 1957. The main shareholders of SYSTRA are SNCF and RATP. Its ambition is to serve emerging needs for collective and sustainable mobility throughout the world. With a presence in 80 countries, SYSTRA manages over 3,000 projects for high-speed systems, traditional rail lines, metros and tramways throughout the world.
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The Riyadh Metro Transit Consultants (RMTC has been formed to successfully provide Project & Construction Management (PMCM) services for the implementation on the cutting edge, world-class Riyadh Metro project: 

The Riyadh Metro project will be successful if fire safety and protection is properly implemented. Through these, project needs the fire and life safety specialist.

Fire and Life Safety Specialist is involved in the fire safety protection program. They are performing risk analysis and checking for fire hazards, developing fire protection strategies that can be used for various facilities, consulting on technical requirements for code adherence, and preparing and maintaining fire safety systems. Reporting to Fire and Life Safety Manager.

Main duties

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Review Rail System and Subsystems including Civil Works Fire and Life Safety Plans
  • Monitor the required Fire and Life Safety Certification Process
  • Review and approve System and Subsystem Fire and Life Safety Reports
  • Review the Contractor’s Fire and Life Safety related T&C plans and reports
  • Supervise and executing plans and procedures of the existing construction works
  • Review the Fire & Life Safety analysis
  • Review RAM and Safety documentation and analyses produced by the Rail System Contractor and its subcontractors, in accordance with contracts’ requirements and project lifecycle defined in railway system standard
  • Review of the Contractors’ Hazard Logs to ensure that fire related hazards are correctly covered, and adequate protection measures are designed and implemented
  • Participate in tests and review the system and subsystem test reports to ensure that the design requirements are correctly implemented
  • Review and monitor the integration of the Fire & Life Safety reports and analysis with the system and subsystem Safety Cases
  • Interpret and provide consultation on Fire and Safety Engineering codes and standards.
  • Provide technical expertise in the fires protection field and to maintaining human lives.
  • Experience in computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Ability to assess performance-based analysis according to NFPA
  • Experience in tunnel ventilation design, tunnel evacuation for passengers, emergency evacutation from stations and all MEP and systems that supports firefighting and life safety during evacuation from tunnels, viaducts and stations



Bachelor degree

Other degrees

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Protection Engineering or Fire protection Safety or related field
  • Preferred with NFPA Fire Safety Specialist certification

Technical skills

  • Minimum of 12 years total experience
  • Strong experience with the following standards EN 45545 Standards for Fire Protection and NFPA Standards
  • Strong experience with the following standards: EN 45545 and NFPA 130
  • Experience with implementing NFPA 130 in rail construction and building projects
  • Experience with designing/installing/testing/verification of fire protections system, ventilation system etc.
  • Experience regarding emergency evacuation analysis
  • Experience with the following standards and related processes: EN 50126 (RAMS), EN50128 CENELEC certification standard, EN50129 (Communication, Signalling and System Process Standards)
  • Strong experience with producing Fire & Life Safety Plans, Reports and integration with Safety Cases
  • Experience with Fire & Life Safety Certification Process with governmental bodies
  • Proven experience in producing system and subsystem hazard and RAM analysis
  • Rail Systems Engineering, Rolling Stock or Rail SCADA previous experience is preferred
  • General Rail Systems experience is preferred.
  • All NFPA Standards, Saudi building codes, ADA standard

Personal qualities

  • Good communication skills both written and verbal
  • Strong leadership skills and work ethics

Systra is an equal opportunities company; this position is open to all applicants.

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