The Royal Family is hiring a security officer to join the London palaces, a new advert on the Buckingham Palace website shows.
The role, which is based at the Queen’s main residence, is described as delivering a ‘vital’ safety service to the landmark buildings, and requires the individual to ‘have a good level of physical fitness’ .
Joining the ‘dedicated’ Fire and Access team at Buckingham Palace, it supports all aspects of fire safety and access control, and the person in the role is expected to act as first-response in the event of a fire or security alert.
A salary package of £23,000 is offered, and the candidate is offered a ‘range of catering and recreational facilities’ in return.
The advert reads: ‘It’s knowing you’re protecting the community that surrounds you.
‘It’s feeling trusted to deliver to the very highest standards. And it’s the pride in protecting an environment of unique historic importance. This is what makes working for the Royal Household exceptional.
‘Joining the professional and dedicated Fire and Access team at Buckingham Palace, you’ll provide a 24/7 fire surveillance service and support all aspects of fire safety across the entire London estate.
‘As a visible presence, you’ll also support access control at one of our sites, ensuring visitors are authorised and welcomed.’
Describing the skills needed, it continues: ‘With a good level of physical fitness, you’ll be confident working at heights and in confined spaces.
‘You’ll be confident identifying and addressing fire safety risks across multiple sites. Interpersonal skills are vital too, because you’ll be working closely with a wide range of people including employees, residents and visitors.
‘Ideally trained in first aid, including the use of defibrillator and oxygen resuscitation equipment, you’ll be able to provide support to first aid incidents on-site when needed.’
Over a quarter of a century ago, a huge blaze broke out at Windsor Castle in 1992, damaging more than 100 rooms including the vast medieval St George’s Hall.
More than 200 firefighters from seven counties battled the flames.
St George’s Hall, which was right next to where the fire began, was completely destroyed.
St George’s Hall was restored to a design close to the room’s 14th-century appearance, but with a 20th-century reinterpretation.
A new hammer-beam roof was constructed from sustainable English oak using traditional methods and tools.