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Assistant Chief Fire Officer


Wholetime Watch Commander


On-Call Firefighter


Assistant Chief Fire Officer

Salary: £100,424 per annum plus pension and car

Based: Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service HQ, Hindlip Park, Worcester, WR3 8SP

Closing date: 5th February 2021 at 12:00 noon

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is a forward thinking and dynamic organisation, set across 27 locations stretching east to west from the Cotswolds to the mid-Wales border, and from the Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve in the north, to the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the south – with the Malvern Hills AONB right at the heart of the two counties.

Our Mission is that ‘as one professional team, we will work hard every day to deliver a high-quality, sustainable service to our communities’ and that together we will make a difference by improving lives, helping to secure resilient communities and ultimately, ‘Saving More Lives’. We value integrity, trust, honesty, openness and respect to deliver our mission.

We are seeking to appoint an Assistant Chief Fire Officer who has the drive, enthusiasm and passion required of a strategic leader in a modern fire and rescue service.

Key role requirements
Based in Worcester, as an integral part of the Senior Management Board, you will work closely with Fire Authority members and colleagues from other partner agencies to drive forward innovation and improvement as well as actively engaging with Police, Ambulance Services and Regional Fire partners. These relationships will be key in ensuring we can continue to deliver a highly effective and efficient service to our communities.

You will have substantial leadership and senior management experience of diverse and complex functions as well as the ability to lead and deliver transformational, innovative and sustainable change.

The post holder will be required to provide a response base which will enable them to undertake their strategic operational command duties from Hindlip Park, Worcester within sixty minutes of notification.

Eligibility to apply
In order to apply, you must meet the following criteria at the point of application:
• Be a current competent UK Local Authority operationally competent Area Commander or role above
• 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

You will also be required to hold a valid full UK driving licence.

Selection process
The process will consist of:
• An online application form
• Online assessment (Trans2)
• Completion of a written report (details to be confirmed to shortlisted candidates)
• Technical interview and presentation on the written report
• Employee Forum panel interview
• Incident Command Assessment
• A fitness test
• A medical assessment
• Pre-employment checks (including security clearance vetting & Non Police Personnel Vetting (NPPV) Level 3)

Shortlisting will take place following the application stage and candidates will be notified of outcomes by email.

It is anticipated that the selection process will take place W/C 22nd February 2021.

Full details of the role and selection process can be found in the job description and person specification and candidate guidance document, which are attached to the job application page.

General information
For informal, in confidence discussions on any aspect including awareness of the process prior to the application deadline, please contact Jon Pryce on 07973 314728 or email jpryce@hwfire.org.uk

Applications are to be made online through our WMJobs portal. If you have any questions regarding the process or you are experiencing any difficulties with your application, please contact the HR Support team via recruitment@hwfire.org.uk before the closing date.

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.

Wholetime Watch Commander

Salary: Watch Commander A & B in line with NJC Grey Book pay scales

Location: Various locations across the HWFRS boundary

Contract: Full time, permanent plus pension and benefits

Applications Open: Friday 8 January
Closing date: Friday 29 January at 12:00 noon

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is pleased to invite applications for the role of Wholetime Watch Commander. HWFRS is a forward thinking and dynamic organisation looking for talented, positive and inspirational individuals to join our team across 28 locations stretching east to west from the Cotswolds to the mid-Wales border, and from the Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve in the north, to the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the south – with the Malvern Hills AONB right at the heart of the two counties.

Our stations are crewed by a mix of Wholetime and On-Call Firefighters, supported by Fire Control staff and Support Staff. We attend just over 6,500 incidents each year – more than 125 incidents every week – including property and countryside fires, RTCs and water and animal rescues, sometimes assisted by our USAR colleagues.

Our Mission is that ‘as one professional team, we will work hard every day to deliver a high-quality, sustainable service to our communities’ and that together we will make a difference by improving lives, helping to secure resilient communities and ultimately, ‘Saving More Lives’.

This opportunity is open to anyone who is a current UK Local Authority, competent Wholetime or On Call Crew Commander or role above.

Positions are available in a variety of functional and station-based roles with a variety of duty systems on offer. Duty systems include the 7 day Flexi-Time System (42 Hour Day Duty), 12-Hour Day Duty System and Wholetime 224 Duty System.

In order to apply, you must meet the following criteria at the point of application:
• Have had an IPDR 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 (current fitness test and 3 yearly medical)

Please see the Watch Commander job description and person specification for further information about the role. Please note, the majority of vacancies will be station-based Watch Commander A roles. There may however be a limited number of department-based Watch Commander B roles, which would be discussed with successful applicants at the culmination of the process.

Selection process

The selection process will be as follows:
• an online application form
• role play assessment
• a pre-prepared presentation and an interview
• Incident Command assessment (where appropriate)
• a fitness test
• a medical assessment
• pre-employment checks

Shortlisting shall take place following the application stage as detailed within the candidate guidance document.

Successful external candidates will be required to attend a conversion course training programme.

Successful applicants who are not appointed initially may be placed on a holding list for up to 24 months until further vacancies arise.

General information

If you have any questions regarding the process or you are experiencing any difficulties with your application, please contact the HR Support team via recruitment@hwfire.org.uk before the closing date (Friday 29 January at 12:00 noon).

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 visit our WMJobs Application Portal.

On-call Firefighter

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 when our recruitment process is active once again, we will contact you for a chat about the role or we’ll invite you to 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!

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

Registering your interest

If you would like us to contact you once our recruitment process is active once again, 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 email us at recruitment@hwfire.org.uk.

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


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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.