THE QUEEN is hiring a safety officer who is comfortable with heights and ‘confined spaces’ following a recent break-in at Buckingham Palace.
A man was able to get inside the Queen’s main residence, in London, earlier this year, and roamed the halls as the monarch slept just metres away.
The palace is now looking for a ‘physically fit’ Fire Safety and Access Officer, who will be based at Buckingham Palace.
The Royal Household website is advertising the vacancy, which pays £23,000 a year.
The permanent role offers a range of “catering and recreational facilities”, and applicants need to be trained in first aid, the use of defibrillator and oxygen resuscitation equipment.
The description said: “You'll be able to provide support to first aid incidents on-site when needed.”
But in order to be considered you have to be fit, as the officer needs: “A good level of physical fitness, you'll be confident working at heights and in confined spaces.”
And there will be ad-hoc patrols required in the job – which includes working nights.
The ad continued: “The breadth of this role will provide opportunities to develop your existing skills, whilst gaining experience and training in new areas, enabling you to deliver a vital service to this unique organisation.”
Ultimately, the job is about: “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.”
Buckingham Palace was opened to visitors in 1993, following a devastating fire at Windsor Castle the year before.
The Queen's main residence was opened up partly to foot the £36.5 million restoration bill for the castle, parts of which were irreparably damaged.
Some 200 firefighters were involved in the blaze, which saw a human chain formed to try and salvage priceless pieces of art.
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