Assistant Chief Fire Officer - Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Cumbria County Council
Closing date
24 Jan 2022

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Corporate Services, Corporate Management Team, Public and Third sector, Fire Service
Contract Type
Full time

Assistant Chief Fire Officer - Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service are permanently recruiting to the post of Assistant Chief Fire Officer and we are looking for an ambitious and motivated senior fire officer to step into this key role supporting and progressing the Service through delivery strategic management cultural improvement and empowering teams to deliver high quality services.

The ideal candidate will collaborate with stakeholders partners communities and residents to ensure services are responsive to needs across the county and you lead by example to achieve efficient service design and delivery. This post offers the right candidate a truly exciting opportunity to make an impact for the people of Cumbria.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service as part of the wider changes to Local Government in Cumbria will transition to new governance model by April 2023. As part of the CFRS Strategic Leadership Team you will play a critical strategic role in ensuring a successful transition.

The operational capability of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is based on 38 fire stations located across the county. With over 600 operational firefighters front facing delivery teams and support staff we expect candidates will be resilient visionary leaders displaying determination and a collaborative approach to secure a positive future for emergency service activity across the county.

Covid-19 has brought to the fore various opportunities to innovate integrate and do things differently. We are embracing these new ways of working and focusing on how we can improve outcomes for communities and drive our services forward to be the very best they can be.

As a service we are committed to equality diversity and inclusion and are looking for leaders who will promote and drive forward key EDI strategies across our communities and throughout our teams leading by personal example open commitment and clear action.

Key Information

We are offering this post as either an Operational ACO or Non-Operational ACO.

For those interested in applying for the Operational ACO role we are keen to hear from officers with significant Incident Command experience with a proven ability to network and build key alliances and knowledge of the national regional and local political operating climate of the Fire and Rescue Service.

For the Non-Operational ACO post we welcome applications from candidates with experience in senior management who have a proven track record working with stakeholders blue light services and elected members in a politically sensitive environment.

Salary Information

ACO Operational - £88 985 10% Operational Allowance

ACO Non-Operational - £88 985

Please see the Role Profiles for both the Operational ACO and Non-Operational ACO posts below:

ACO Operational Role Profile

ACO Non-operational Role Profile

Key dates

Closing date: 24th January 2022

Technical Interviews: 4th February 2022

Final Interviews: 15th and 16th February 2022


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Additional Information

For Operational positions the postholder will be expected to work on a Continuous Duty System basis to ensure they are always available to support a Strategic Coordination Group (SCG) or fulfil other strategic operational command requirements in the event of a significant incident. A vehicle will be provided for business use whilst on duty. Please see below link for the Strategic Operational Manager Working Arrangements.

Cumbria County Council have a generous Relocation Assistance Scheme supporting with Relocation expenses up to £8 000. Please see the below attachment for further information.

We are currently operating virtual interviews. This will preferably be undertaken using the Microsoft Teams software which is currently free for new users however if there are any issues with accessing this technology we are happy to discuss alternative arrangements prior to the interviews.

Options will be discussed with candidates once they have been invited to the interview stage of the process and if you have any concerns or adjustments are needed we are happy to discuss.

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