Chief Fire Officer
HEREFORD & WORCESTER FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE (HWFRS)
Chief Fire Officer
Salary: £131,047 plus pension and Car for Service Duties
Based: Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service HQ, Hindlip Park, Worcester, WR3 8SP
Closing date: 30 October 2020 at 12:00 noon
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is a forward thinking and dynamic organisation, set across 25 fire stations 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 a Chief Fire Officer who has the vision, drive and passion required of a strategic leader in a modern fire and rescue service – as well as the requisite operational skills and experience to successfully manage complex major incidents alongside multi-agency partners.
Key role requirements
Based in Worcester, at our joint headquarters with the West Mercia Police, you will work closely with Fire Authority members, fellow Senior Management Team colleagues and senior officers from other local, regional and neighbouring partner organisations (in particular, Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service, West Mercia Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service) in order to drive forward innovation and improvement. These relationships will be key in ensuring we can continue to deliver a highly effective and efficient service - as well as adding more value – to our local 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 Principal Officer (ACFO or 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 full UK driving licence.
The process will consist of:
- An online application form
- An online personality test to help inform interview questions
- Completion of a written report (details to be confirmed to shortlisted candidates)
- Employee Forum Discussion
- Partnership Panel interview
- Member interview and presentation on the written report
- Incident Command Assessment (or evidence of competence)
- A fitness test
- A medical assessment
- Pre-employment checks (including security clearance vetting Level 3 (NPPV 3) and Security Check (SC) Clearance
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 week commencing 30 November 2020.
Full details of the role and selection process can be found in the job description and person specification and candidate guidance document.
For informal, in confidence discussions on any aspect including awareness of the process prior to the application deadline with CFO Nathan Travis, please contact Lisa Colenutt for an appointment on 07824 538098.
If you have any questions regarding the process or you are experiencing any difficulties with your application, please contact the HR Support team via email@example.com 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.
Candidate Guidance Notes
Application Form Supporting Information_ CFO_October 2020