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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Officer 

Scale 5
£21,589 – £23,836 per annum
37 hours per week
Based at Service Headquarters, Hindlip Park, WR3 8SP

About the Role
Do you see yourself influencing the future direction of our organisation in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion arena? Do you see yourself being involved in how we shape the culture of our Service and develop our people? Do you have a passion for diversity and inclusion? If yes, then we have the role for you!

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is on a journey to promote and improve the diversity of our workforce and embed a culture of inclusion across the organisation. As the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, you will be part of our HR & Development department and play an integral part in developing policy, practices and initiatives to support this. You will also engage with internal and external groups to develop and implement initiatives to promote HWFRS as an employer of choice to groups that are currently under-represented, ensuring a diverse and vibrant workforce that reflects our communities.

We are looking for a talented individual who is skilled at establishing effective working relationships and have experience with working with community groups. You should have strong IT skills and the ability to analyse and present statistical data and reports. You should have experience of implementing policies, practices and initiatives within a workplace. You will also need comprehensive knowledge of relevant legislation and experience of completing Equality Impact Assessments. This is a varied role and you will have the opportunity to make it your own.

Reasons to Join Us
You will benefit from 22 days annual leave per year (rising to 27 days after 5 years’ continuous service). In addition, you will be entitled to the normal Bank/Public Holidays, 2 extra statutory days and 2 concessionary days. There is a generous local government pension scheme and a flexi-time scheme allowing you to have an element of flexibility over your working hours. Your base location has free car parking and access to restaurant facilities and an on-site gym. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role.

This post is based at our Headquarters which we share with West Mercia Police and the successful applicant will need to undergo a mandatory security clearance check (NPPV Level 2 Vetting Check).

Contact details
Interested in finding out more? Please refer to the job description and person specification which can be found online, to apply please click here to be taken to the vacancy.  If you would prefer to have a chat please contact Louise Cooper by e-mail at LCooper@hwfire.org.uk.

Additional information The job advert closes at 23:59 on Sunday 9 February 2020. Interviews will take place week commencing 24 February 2020. Please note we do not accept CVs.

Community Risk Technician (Road Safety) 

A new temporary opportunity has arisen in the Community Risk Department, in conjunction with West Mercia Police, based at Worcester both within the Community Risk Department and at the YSS HQ in Blackpole, Worcester. There will also be a requirement to travel throughout the two counties.

The main purpose of the job is to develop and support the delivery of project #MORSE – Making our roads safer for everyone.

Project MORSE is a brand new innovative road safety project funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner. It is a collaborative project with West Mercia Police, the Charity YSS and West Mercia Community Rehabilitation. The role will involve researching and putting together a range of road safety educational programs and delivering them in individual or group settings. The individuals will be referred from West Mercia Police and the Charity YSS with the objective of changing behaviour around road risk.

The aim of the programmes we deliver will be to increase awareness of road safety aiming to help individuals make better and safer choices on the road. These educational programmes will be based on the actions that have led to them being referred to us as well as being focused on the risk groups identified by the department for transport, younger drivers, older drivers, 2 wheeled vehicles and rural roads.

The post holder will be responsible for developing and co-ordinating #MORSE road safety education programs in addition to delivering road safety education in both one to one and group settings.

A full job description and person specification can be found online, to apply please click here to be taken to the vacancy.

For any further queries regarding the role, please contact Station Commander Amy Bailey on abailey@hwfire.org.uk or 07810 656108. The successful applicant will be subject to a NPPV Level 2 Vetting Check, as the post may involve working within West Mercia Police premises.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 9th February 2020.

Group Commander 

We are seeking to appoint a Group Commander who has the drive, enthusiasm and passion required of a leader in a modern fire and rescue service.

The role of Group Commander in HWFRS is a pivotal senior middle manager role in the organisation, which has key responsibilities in leading operational and non-operational departments.

The role is broad and covers three key areas; operating as a senior operational commander, operating as an organisational leader delivering change and promoting a positive culture. The postholder will be a key departmental head, capable of working with peers and SMB colleagues to deliver the organisation’s strategic objectives.

In order to apply, you must meet the following criteria at the point of application:
• Be a competent Station Commander or equivalent
• Be eligible to live and work in the UK without restrictions
• Have had an appraisal in the last 12 months
• Not have any live formal disciplinary sanctions
• Not be in a formal capability process
• Be medically fit to undertake the role

The selection process
Applicants will complete an online application form against the person specification and provide evidence against the Middle Manager Personal Qualities and Attributes. This will be used for shortlisting.

Shortlisted applicants will attend a selection day comprising of a briefing exercise and interview. Candidates will be required to attend a selection day on 20th March 2020. Successful applicants from the selection stage will be required to attend an incident command assessment at Level 3 (if a pass at this level is not already held) at the conclusion of the process.

Candidates, where required, will also undergo a fitness test, medical assessment and pre-employment checks including security clearance vetting (Non Police Personnel Vetting (NPPV) Level 2 Abbreviated). Successful candidates will be provided with a conversion course training programme (if necessary).

Further information For informal, in confidence discussions in relation to the vacancy, please contact AC Jon Pryce (via Jill Oseman on 01905 368 256 JOseman@hwfire.org.uk ) or GC Ade Elliott (07919 045570 AElliott@hwfire.org.uk).

HWFRS values equality of opportunity and developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our community. We encourage everyone who has the necessary skills and experience to apply. To apply, please click here to be taken to the vacancy.

Employee Engagement & Wellbeing Officer 

22.12 hours per week
Scale 5: £21,589 – £23,836 per annum (pro rata)

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is offering a fantastic, permanent opportunity for a talented and enthusiastic Employee Engagement & Wellbeing Officer to join our friendly Human Resources and Development department, based at Hindlip Park, Worcester.

The main purpose of the role is to develop and implement innovative employee engagement and health and wellbeing initiatives and programmes across the Fire Service, as well as act as the first point of contact for fitness and Occupational Health queries.

You should:
• Hold a CIPD Level 3 Foundation Diploma in HR Practice or equivalent
• Have comprehensive knowledge of employment best practice relating to managing attendance
• Have up to date knowledge of employee health and wellbeing issues within the public sector
• Have experience of supporting and delivering policy, practice and projects in relation to employee engagement and employee wellbeing
• Have experience of producing engaging communications in a variety of formats

In return you will have a chance to contribute to our ongoing journey, at what is an exciting time for the Service.

We also offer:
• Opportunities for professional development
• Flexible working, including flexi time scheme and annual leave of 22 days per year (rising to 27 days after 5 years)
• In addition to the above, staff are entitled to the normal Bank/Public Holidays, 2 extra statutory days and 2 concessionary days
• Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
• Access to the Blue Light Card - the UK's largest Emergency Service discount card

For more information please see the Job Description / Person Specification.

To apply, please click here to be taken to the vacancy. If you have a specific question or require further information regarding this post, please contact Charlotte Graham, HR Operations Manager, on 01905 368 341, or email cgraham@hwfire.org.uk

Closing date is Sunday 2 February 2020. Please note we do not accept CVs. Interviews will be held on Friday 14 February 2020.

Community Volunteer 

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service has its own Community Risk Team which supports its work in ensuring that Herefordshire and Worcestershire are safe places in which to live, work and travel. The role of the Community Volunteer is to enhance and complement the work of our operational staff and Community Risk Team in meeting the needs of our local communities, helping to reduce the risk to those deemed most at risk from accidental dwelling fires and other hazards.

The Person:

• Needs to be 18 years old or over
• Good communication and interpersonal skills
• The ability to work on your own initiative as well as part of a team

Experience and Knowledge:

• Excellent time keeping and organisational skills
• The ability to complete a small amount of written work including the completion of forms
• A basic level of computer literacy
• It is desirable, however not essential, that Volunteers have a full clean UK driving license and the use of a vehicle on a regular basis

About Us

Every day we're helping to save lives and keep the community safe - and not only by fighting fires. Behind the scenes at Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, there are lots of other roles that people don't see, helping to provide vital functions to keep us an efficient and effective Fire and Rescue Service.

Reasons to Join Us

• Help keep your community safe by delivering key safety messages
• Meet new people and make new friends • Gain confidence and widen your skills
• Enhance your CV
• Become part of a proactive team reducing the risk of those most at risk

To apply, please click here to be taken to the WM Jobs website

The closing date for applications is Sunday 16 February 2020. Interviews will be held week commencing 24 February 2020. Successful applicants will then be invited to an induction. Successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS Check. For any further queries regarding the volunteering role, please email volunteer@hwfire.org.uk.

On-call Firefighter

£4,000 - £8,000 per annum (depending on hours available)

We are currently recruiting for on-call firefighters at the stations listed below.



Bromsgrove (day cover / weekend cover required)







Upton upon Severn

Wyre Forest
Emergency Services Hub* (day cover required)

Worcester (day cover required)

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*The Wyre Forest Emergency Services Hub will serve Kidderminster, Stourport and Bewdley

How can I find out more about the on-call firefighter role?

Take a look at the information about becoming an on-call firefighter, and also read the case studies of some of our current on-call crew. To find out more, you can register your interest with us (details below) and an officer from the station will contact you, or you can attend an awareness session. Awareness sessions are arranged to give anyone interested more information about the role, the selection process and the organisation. Sessions last approximately 2 hours.

Awareness Sessions:
How does it feel to wear fire kit? How fit do I need to be and what support could I have if I need it? How can I fit the role of on-call firefighter around my main job or family life? Come along to an awareness session and find out!

Our next awareness sessions are at the following stations:

Worcester Fire Station - date to be published soon

If you'd like to attend an Awareness Session, register your interest below and we'll send you further details.

To find out more about how on-call works, please see our FAQs.

Registering your interest

If you would like more details about working out of any of the above stations or would like to attend an awareness session, please complete our on-call firefighter expression of interest form via WM Jobs (an external public sector jobs board). If your local fire station is not currently recruiting for on-call firefighters, you can still register your interest and we will contact you when the station has vacancies.

If you have any queries, please contact the HR department on 01905 368 343 or 01905 368 378 (24 hour answerphone) or email us at recruitment@hwfire.org.uk.

For more information about on-call firefighters please visit our on-call firefighter page.

We are committed to attracting and recruiting quality people and we welcome all sections of the community.