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Assistant Chief Fire Officer.H144

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    Public services / Non-profit

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  • Job ref:

    H144, 40, 205101, H144-Assistant-Chief-

  • Published:

    about 9 hours ago

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  • Client:

    Northumbria Water

Job Description

This is a new post as part of a restructure of the Senior Leadership Team, to support the Chief Fire Officer and the wider senior leadership team of both the Council and the Fire and Rescue Service. Northumberland is a unique county with an opportunity for the Fire and Rescue Service to truly be positioned as an emergency service which delivers "beyond emergencies". This post is an investment for the future, there are significant opportunities for the postholder to develop their longer-term leadership both within the Fire and Rescue Service and the County Council structures. This is a new Assistant Chief Fire Officer role within our Senior Leadership Team of the County Council and Fire and Rescue Service. The Post holder will effectively discharge all statutory and operational Gold Command responsibilities on behalf of the Chief Fire Officer and Deputy Chief Fire Officer to be directly responsible for the management of all executive, administrative and operational matters.

The postholder will deliver rostered operational emergency response (Gold Command) cover as part of the Principal Officer Group in NFRS, and regional and national response on a 24/7 continuous availability basis. This cover will require both strategic and critical Gold Command provision.

The postholder will ensure the delivery of a revitalised approach to inspection and regulation within the county with a focus on developing and sustaining a Fire and Rescue Service of the highest standard for the County of Northumberland.

The successful candidate as directed by the Chief Fire Officer, will strategic leadership and direction to managers within the Fire & Rescue Service to promote performance management initiatives and systems and promote the support and development of staff through appraisal, mentoring, training and development programmes. The successful candidate will also promote and maintain a positive relationship with all employees and their respective trade unions in the interests of developing a climate of harmonious and constructive employee relations.

Working closely as part of a Principal Officer team of 3, this role will aim to ensure that residents within the County of Northumberland have a Fire and Rescue Service which is of

the highest quality and is sustainable. With interpersonal, strategic and innovative skills, this role will lead on the quality, inspection and regulation of Northumberland's Fire and Rescue Service as well as taking the lead on driving a positive and innovative organisational culture through genuine staff engagement., You will have experience at a Silver Command competence level within a multi-agency environment associated with Group/Area Manager Role Map. You will have previous experience within a Fire and Rescue Service at Group Manager / Area Manager level. Operational experience is also necessary as being part of the Principal Officer team you will need to have proven experience of commanding operational incidents and have attained the relevant accreditation (e.g. ICL3) to be qualified to take responsibility for strategic (gold) command during a major incident/civil emergency. Working closely with the Chief Executive, Chief Fire Officer and the existing Senior Leadership Team both in the County Council and in the Fire and Rescue Service, the successful postholder will be able to demonstrate an ability to build effective partnerships and facilitate engagement at a strategic level to deliver an inclusive leadership style across the service involving stakeholders in building a vision for the future. The postholder will form part of the NFRS Principal Officer rota and the County Council Executive Leadership Team rota and therefore will be required to provide a permanent base within the County of Northumberland to fulfil this commitment. For further information please see the Job Description in the supporting documents attached to this advert. If you are interested in this exciting role, we would welcome an informal discussion with you. For an informal discussion about the role please contact

Application Description

Mr Graeme Binning Deputy Chief Fire Officer on 07814 075164 or

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Employer Description

Northumberland is the northernmost county of England, bordering Cumbria, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and the Scottish Borders with an outstanding North Sea coastline of 103 km and a county of rural natural beauty. The county is steeped in history and heritage and with a population of over 300,000 residents, the council provides a wide range of services across over 5,000 sq km. Northumberland is one of the largest counties in England Northumberland County Council is seeking to appoint to a key post within Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service. The post holder will be part of the senior management team to support the delivery of our ambitious plans to ensure that we really are a "council that works for everyone" and to focus on delivering an ambitious improvement programme following our 2018-19 HMICFRS inspection report.