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Station Commander

On-Call Firefighter


2020 Wholetime Firefighter Apprenticeships

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Salary: £23,366 (Trainee), £24,339 (Development), £31,144 (Competent)

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service appreciates, in these current unprecedented times, priorities have changed for both individuals and organisations. As a Service we have a duty to ensure we have the right amount of staff in place to provide our communities with appropriate operational support. The Service has therefore made the decision to proceed with its planned 2020 Wholetime firefighter recruitment campaign.

The work you’ll do is varied and interesting – it’s not just about responding to emergency calls, although of course that’s a key part. Being prepared at all times is crucial so you’ll take part in regular training and emergency planning and response activities. You’ll also use and maintain a range of equipment and machinery, keep accurate records as well as a range of other duties.

The Service vision is Saving More Lives. As such, community safety plays a large part of a Firefighter’s day to day work and they spend a lot of time out in the community, talking to people of various ages and from different backgrounds about fire prevention, road safety and other safety messages.

It’s really important that you have a flexible approach and attitude to your work. You must be willing to work shifts including weekends, unsocial hours, variable working patterns and be prepared to do occasional short-term detachments at other Fire Stations. The emergency response nature of our work involves working “on call” where you may be needed day or night to deal with an emergency. In return we offer a great benefits package including good salary and allowances, generous annual leave entitlement and occupational pension scheme.

When you start you’ll undertake a comprehensive training package which is just the beginning of your career of lifelong learning - there are lots of great opportunities to learn and develop new skills.

Such a varied role, needs a varied workforce and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We need to improve our diversity to reflect our diverse communities, so we are particularly interested in groups who are under-represented within the Service currently. It is important to emphasise that all applicants will go through the same recruitment process in order to become a Wholetime Firefighter.

Successful applicants will join our Service as an apprentice Firefighter, completing the Level 3 Operational Firefighter apprenticeship standard. This is a 24 month development programme consisting of an induction (operational firefighter training) a development programme and an end point assessment. These apprenticeships will be paid in line with agreed National Joint Council rates.

If you have made an application for this vacancy, please find a copy of the candidate guidance document here, for your information on the remainder of the recruitment process.


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Station Commander

Salary: Station Commander in line with NJC Grey Book pay scales + 20% flexi duty allowance where applicable

Location: Various locations across the HWFRS boundary

Contract: Full time, permanent plus pension and benefits

Closing date: 10th July at 12:00 noon

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is pleased to invite applications for the role of Station Commander. HWFRS is a forward thinking and dynamic organisation looking for talented, positive and inspirational individuals to join our team across 30 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.

Eligibility to apply
In order to apply, you must meet the following criteria at the point of application:
• Be a competent UK Local Authority Wholetime or On Call Watch Commander or role above
• Be eligible to live and work in the UK without restrictions
• Have had an appraisal in the last 16 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 within the UK. 

Depending on your Station Commander role, you may be assigned to the flexible duty system, as outlined in grey book. In these circumstances you must be able to provide a response base for the performance of standby / call-out duties. This base must be within the geographical area of Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

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 selection stages comprising of a roleplay exercise, a briefing exercise and interview.

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.

Awareness Sessions
To assist potential candidates, a number of virtual awareness sessions are being held online on the following occasions:
- Mon 22nd June at 1900 hours
- Weds 24th June at 1500 hours
If you are interested in attending one of these virtual sessions, please email recruitment@hwfire.org.uk with your preferred session and you will be sent a Microsoft Teams meeting invitation link, as well as guidance on how to login.

General information

Applications are to be made online through the WMJobs website. For informal, in confidence discussions in relation to the vacancy, please contact GC Ade Farmer 07833 047732 on or email Afarmer@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.

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On-call Firefighter

In light of the on-going Covid-19 situation, the decision has been made to put all on-call firefighter recruitment on hold. Whilst on-call firefighter recruitment is important, the safety of our staff and members of the public is paramount. We will review this situation again in June, or earlier if possible.


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