Group Commander

Hindlip Park, Worcester, WR3 8SP
£47,179 - £52,301 per annum
19 Mar 2021
08 Apr 2021
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Salary:          In line with NJC Grey Book pay scales plus 20% flexi duty allowance

Closing date:  Thursday 8th April 12:00 noon

About Us

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is pleased to invite applications for the role of Group Commander. HWFRS is a forward thinking and dynamic organisation looking for talented, positive and inspirational individuals to join our team across 25 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 a Group Commander who has the drive, enthusiasm and passion required of a leader in a modern fire and rescue service. 

About the role

The role of Group Commander in HWFRS is a pivotal senior middle manager role in the organisation, which has key responsibilities in leading operational and non-operational departments.

The role is broad and covers three key areas; operating as a senior operational commander, operating as an organisational leader delivering change and promoting a positive culture. The post holder will be a key departmental head, capable of working with peers and SMB colleagues to deliver the organisation’s strategic objectives.

As this role forms part of a locally agreed Group Commander operational rota, when rostered as ‘duty GC’ you must be available for immediate operational response within the Service Area. At other times Group Commanders will work as required by their role within the Service. You will also be required to hold a valid full driving licence. 

Eligibility to apply

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

  • Be competent at Station Commander level or equivalent
  • 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 selection process

Applicants will complete an online application form against the person specification and provide evidence against the NFCC Leadership Framework.  This will be used for shortlisting. 

Shortlisted applicants will attend a selection day comprising of a briefing exercise and interview. Successful applicants from the selection stage will be required to attend an incident command assessment at Level 3 (if a pass at this level is not already held) at the conclusion of the process.

Candidates, where required, will also undergo a fitness test, medical assessment and pre-employment checks including security clearance vetting (Non Police Personnel Vetting (NPPV) Level 2 Abbreviated). Successful candidates will be provided with a conversion course training programme (if necessary).

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

Awareness Sessions

The Service will be running two online awareness sessions, using Microsoft Teams, on the following occasions:

  • 24th March 2021 at 1000 hours
  • 29th March 2021 at 1800 hours

Anyone can attend, whether internal or external to HWFRS. If you are interested in attending one of these virtual sessions, please email with your preferred session and you will be sent a Teams meeting invitation link, as well as guidance on how to login.

Further information

For informal, in confidence discussions in relation to the vacancy, please contact AC Ade Elliott ( 07919 045570 ).

Please note: as part of the application form, you must complete the attached 'Application Form Supporting Information_ GC_March 2021' document in full, and upload this into the online application form when requested. Applications received that do not attach this document will not be able to be considered. 

If you have any questions regarding the process, 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 and experience to apply.

Supporting documents
Application Form Supporting Information_ GC_March 2021
Job Description and Person Specification
Candidate Guidance Notes


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