Assistant Chief Fire Officer – Director of Service Delivery

Hindlip Park, Worcester
07 Jan 2019
27 Jan 2019
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Salary:                     £96,525 plus pension and car

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

Closing date:          Midnight, 25 January 2019

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is a forward thinking and dynamic organisation, set 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 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 are seeking to appoint an Assistant Chief Fire Officer – Director of Service Delivery who has the drive, enthusiasm and passion required of a strategic leader in a modern fire and rescue service. 



Based in Worcester, as an integral part of the Senior Management Team, 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. You will also be required to hold a current full UK driving licence. 

This opportunity is open to individuals who are current UK Local Authority competent Area Commanders or role above.   In order to apply, you must also meet the following criteria at the point of application:

- 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 successful candidate will be subject to security clearance vetting, NPPV Level 2.


The process will consist of:

- An online application form

- Completion of a written report (details to be confirmed to shortlisted candidates)

- Technical interview and presentation on the written report

- Partnership Panel interview

- Operational Assessment appropriate for the ACFO role

- A fitness test

- A medical assessment

- Pre-employment checks (including vetting)

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 on 21 February 2019 or 22 February 2019.

A copy of the job description and person specification can be found in the attachments below. For informal, in confidence discussions on any aspect including awareness of the process prior to the application deadline, please contact DCFO John Hodges on 01905 368 248 or email

If you have any questions regarding the process or you are experiencing any difficulties with your application, please contact the HR Support team via 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 to apply. 

Supporting documents
Job Description
ACFO Candidate Guidance Notes
Supporting Information ACFO 2019

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