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Assistant Director (Area Commander)

Salary: Area Commander B in line with NJC Grey Book pay scales plus 20% flexi duty allowance and 9.6% supplement for working a locally agreed Area Commander rota pattern

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

Contract: Full time, permanent plus pension and benefits including company car

Closing date: 12 November at 12:00 noon

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is pleased to invite applications for the role of Assistant Director (Area Commander). HWFRS is a forward thinking and dynamic organisation looking for talented, positive and inspirational individuals to join our team across 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’. We value integrity, trust, honesty, openness and respect to deliver our mission.

We are seeking to appoint two Assistant Directors who have the drive, enthusiasm and passion required of strategic leaders in a modern fire and rescue service.

About the role

The role will form part of our Strategic Management Board (SMB), providing strategic leadership and support to the Principal Officers in overall coordination of the Service; including change management, development of best practice, organisational strategy and transformation, effective industrial relations and exploring opportunities for collaboration with partners in order to ensure efficiency and effectiveness.

Eligibility to apply

In order to apply, you must meet the following criteria at the point of application:

  • Be a competent UK Local Authority Group 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 driving licence and be eligible to drive in the UK.

As this role forms part of a locally agreed Area Commander operational rota, when rostered as ‘duty AC’ you must be available for immediate operational response within the Service Area. At other times Assistant Directors will work as required by their role within the Service.

Selection process

Applicants will complete an online application form, a statement against the person specification and provide evidence against the Leadership Framework.

Shortlisted applicants will attend an incident command assessment at Level 4 and if successful at this assessment, a selection day comprising of strategic level roleplay exercise, case study, briefing exercise and interview. Candidates will be required to attend a selection day on 6th, 7th or 8th December.

Pre-employment checks will also be required including security clearance vetting (Non Police Personnel Vetting (NPPV) Level 2 Abbreviated). Successful candidates will be required to attend a conversion course training programme.

Full details of the role and selection process can be found in the job description and person specification and candidate guidance document.

Further information

Prospective candidates are welcome to meet with DCFO Keith Chance for a discussion on the role and to visit HWFRS. This can be arranged by emailing Julie Bray jbray@hwfire.org.uk.

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.

To apply, visit Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service Jobs | WMJobs

Assistant Director (Non-uniformed Area Commander)

Scale PO7

£62,831 - £66,680 per annum

37 hours per week

Permanent

Based at Service Headquarters, Hindlip Park, WR3 8SP

The Role

A permanent opportunity has arisen for an Assistant Director (Non-uniformed Area Commander), based at Service Headquarters.

The post holder will be lead and manage the delivery of effective and efficient services in the appropriate departments to support the achievements of the Service’s strategies, objectives and priorities. The role will form part of our Strategic Management Board (SMB), providing strategic leadership and support to the Principal Officers in overall coordination of the Service; including change management, development of best practice, organisational strategy and transformation, effective industrial relations and exploring opportunities for collaboration with partners in order to ensure efficiency and effectiveness.

The ideal applicant must have has the drive, enthusiasm and passion required of a strategic leader in a modern fire and rescue service. A full job description and person specification is attached to this advertisement.

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

  • 28 days annual leave entitlement increasing to 33 days after five years’ continuous service (plus bank holidays).
  • Access to a local government pension scheme.
  • Flexi-time scheme allowing you to have an element of flexibility over your working hours.

The closing date for applications is 12:00pm on Friday 12 November. Candidates will be required to attend a selection day on 6, 7 or 8 December.

The successful applicant will be subject to a NPPV Level 2 Vetting Check, as we are co-located on West Mercia Police premises.

For any further queries regarding the role, please contact Deputy Chief Fire Officer Keith Chance (via Julie Bray – jbray@hwfire.org.uk).

To apply, visit Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service Jobs | WMJobs

Technical Fire Safety Inspector

£32,234 - £34,728 per annum

37 hours per week, permanent

Based initially at Worcester/Hereford/Bromsgrove Fire Station

The Role

HWFRS are looking to recruit additional Technical Fire Safety Inspectors within our growing Protection department, their role being to assist the Fire Authority in the discharge of its fire safety duties and responsibilities in accordance with current Fire Safety Regulations. In addition, the role will support operational staff, newly qualified to L3 Fire Safety Certificate, in practical implementation of Low Risk Premises Audits, including developing and accrediting training packages and CPD logs.

Post holders will be responsible for carrying out all categories of fire protection audits and assessments of plans and premises as directed and to prepare and issue fire safety reports, improvement, enforcement and alterations notices as directed.

Additional Information

This permanent contract is initially based at Worcester, Hereford or Bromsgrove Fire station – please enquire about the potential for flexibility to suit. Part time job share requests will be considered, please state any such requests clearly within your application form supporting statement. The successful applicant may be subject to a DBS check. A full job description and person specification can be found in the below attachments.

Apply online through our WMJobs Portal. Closing date Friday 29 October 2021. Interviews to be held 18 November 2021. If you require any further information regarding this role please call Station Commander Thom Morgan on 07785 451800 or email tmorgan@hwfire.org.uk

Senior Prevention Technician

£24,982 – £27,041 per annum

37 hours per week, permanent

Prevention Department

The Role
A permanent opportunity has arisen in the Prevention Department. The post holder will be responsible for delivering community safety initiatives at district level in support of the Service’s Corporate Strategy and to provide continuity between HQ, districts and the local community.

The role will have control over promoting safety awareness, especially amongst identified ‘at risk’ groups and improve partnership working at both existing and new partnerships to assist delivery of preventative services. In addition, the role will support with assisting the Service in promoting community well-being and provision of appropriate support to local communities to increase safety. Please note, the successful candidate would be expected to engage in a flexible working approach, as the role entails some weekend and evening work as well as occasional early starts.

The Person
Experience and knowledge:
Experience of planning, organising, implementing and evaluating campaigns, displays and events.
Experience of networking and multi-agency working.
Experience of managing staff and problem solving.
An understanding of the effects of social exclusion.

Additional requirements:
A current full driving licence.
Awareness and understanding of issues relating to Community Safety work.
Knowledge of equality and diversity and how they impact on community safety work
The successful applicant will be subject to a DBS check.

Apply online at WMJobs. The closing date for applications is Thursday 21 October. Interviews to be held 9 November. For any further queries regarding the role, please contact please contact Station Commander Bob Sproat on 07977 487578.

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.