Wholetime Watch Commander

Hindlip Park, Worcester
£35,981 - £39,383 per annum
08 Jan 2021
29 Jan 2021
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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 8th January

Closing date:  Friday 29th 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 (attached below). 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 29th January at 12:00 noon).

Please ensure you have read the Candidate Guidance Notes (attached below) before attempting to complete your application. Please also ensure you do complete the Supporting Information Form (also attached below) in full and upload this into your application as requested within the WMJobs application portal. 

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.

Supporting documents
Application Form Supporting Information_WC_Jan 2021
Candidate Guidance Notes
Job Description