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Principal Officer Recruitment

It has never been a more exciting time to consider your future with Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.

Our service is passionate about the communities we serve and dedicated to developing our workforce - if you're looking to progress in an inclusive, supportive, and dynamic fire service, we would like to hear from you.

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Deputy Chief Fire Officer and Assistant Chief Fire Officer - recruiting now!

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service have moved from the governance of the County Council and to the Police, Fire, and Crime Commissioner: this brings the chance to innovate, integrate, and do things differently, and we are looking for individuals who are focussed on delivering outstanding leadership in a trusted and professional service.

We are delighted to be recruiting for the posts of Deputy Chief Fire Officer and Assistant Chief Fire Officer, both on a permanent basis. At a time of ongoing review across the sector, it has never been more important to ensure we have the right people in the right roles, and the successful applicants will be joining an engaging and empowering environment, where we are dedicated to improving outcomes and driving our services forward to be the very best they can be.

For us, working with compassion, honesty, and integrity is essential. You will listen and engage with staff across the service, ensuring all are able to contribute and have a voice, and you will champion a fair, respectful culture, that prioritises staff well-being. We are looking for leaders who will drive forward key improvement strategies across our communities and teams, leading by personal example, open commitment, and clear action. You will build on our existing open and inclusive culture to seek continual improvement and be dedicated to supporting the most vulnerable in our communities.

With approximately 600 operational firefighters, front facing delivery teams, corporate services, and support staff, delivering services across the county from 38 Fire Stations, we expect our DCFO and ACFO to be resilient, visionary leaders. Our service delivers a wide range of prevention, protection, and support across a substantial geographical area, and we are looking for people who are as passionate as we are about the communities we serve. 

We value the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce that not only reflects our communities in Cumbria but thrives from the benefit and innovation a diverse workforce can bring. We actively encourage applications from all suitably qualified individuals, irrespective of people’s age, disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. As women and ethnic minority employees are currently underrepresented in our management roles, we encourage applications from these groups.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer

The Deputy Chief Fire Officer will be required to lead the service on a day to day basis, working closely with the Chief Fire Officer, our Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, the HMI, and other key partners to ensure successful delivery. CFRS have our next HMI inspection later this year and you will play a vital role in ensuring the service is in the best position possible to accurately reflect the improvements we are continuing to make across the service.  

We are looking for someone with substantial experience, including in the operational command environment, and who has a proven record for developing and implementing strategic plans. You will strive to align aspirational service goals with a business orientated mindset, optimising resources and ensuring organisational efficiency. As a visible leader, you will communicate performance expectations and achievements to all, and you'll foster transparency and confidence in staff, communities, and stakeholders.

Applications for Deputy Chief Fire Officer are welcome from candidates with significant experience at Principal Officer level. 

Key Information

Salary: £112,652   plus an additional 10% operational allowance 

Contract: Permanent

Hours: 42 per week

Location: Fire Headquarters, Penrith, Cumbria - Flexible working available

Link: Deputy Chief Fire Officer Role Profile (PDF)

Assistant Chief Fire Officer

As Assistant Chief Fire Officer, you will work closely with the Chief Fire Officer and Deputy Chief Fire Officer, and will provide advice and guidance to the strategic leadership team on a day to day basis.  You will also be a supportive and visible principle officer, playing a vital role in ensuring the service is in the best position possible for our next HMI inspection later this year so the service can accurately reflect the improvements we are continuing to make across the service. 

A key part of the role is effectively working with managers and stakeholders to manage service budgets by applying sound financial management principles, and ensuring financial risks are identified and mitigated. We are looking for someone who can build credibility and inspire confidence, fostering a culture of responsibility and accountability. You will have substantial leadership experience, including in the operational command environment, and will step into the role, setting clear performance expectations and providing regular feedback to all departments.  

Applications for Assistant Chief Fire Officer are welcome from candidates who hold the current post of Area Manager, or for exceptional candidates who are competent substantive Group Managers. 

Key Information

Salary: £98,656 plus an additional 10% operational allowance 

Contract: Permanent

Hours: 42 per week

Location: Fire Headquarters, Penrith, Cumbria - Flexible working available

Link: Assistant Chief Fire Officer Role Profile (PDF)

A message from Chief Fire Officer Rick Ogden:

Thank you for your interest in our Senior Leadership roles.

As the Chief Fire Officer for CFRS, my vision for the service is clear: we are looking for professional, talented, and community-focused individuals to make Cumbria a safer place for all.

It is a really exciting time to join Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, the recent change in governance has created a real opportunity for us as a service to modernise and ensure we continue our journey and are fit for the future.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is an excellent place to work. You will be joining a diverse and inclusive service that is dedicated to supporting and developing our workforce and ensuring all of our communities receive the level of service they need.

Joining our exceptional leadership team is an opportunity for motivated and passionate professionals looking for the next step in their career journey. The Deputy Chief Fire Officer and Assistant Chief Fire Officer are key operational leadership roles, and I am looking for experienced and creative individuals to join us in the effective delivery of the service.

I look forward to welcoming new leaders to our service. 

Chief Fire Officer Rick Ogden

 

 

Pictured: Chief Fire Officer Rick Ogden speaking at the North West Women In Fire Conference, November 2023

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Applications Open - Friday 9th February 2024

Applications closed - 11:00am on Friday 1st March 2024

Longlisting - week commencing Monday 5th March 2024

Technical Interviews - Friday 8th March and Friday 15th March 2024

Shortlisting - week commencing 18th March 2024

Assessment Days - Weds 27th March 2024 and Thurs 28th March 2024

How to Apply

To apply for this process, candidates must:

  • Send an up-to-date CV 
  • Attach supporting information (no more than 2 A4 pages) that outlines how they meet the Person Specification criteria contained within the relevant Role Profile, attached below.

Documents must be clearly named (ideally using your first name and surname) and sent to: Orlanda.Wright@cumbriafire.gov.uk 

Applications must be submitted by 11:00am on Friday 1st March 2024.

Please note: If you are wanting to apply for both roles, please make this clear on your application. 

Candidates who are a part of this process may be considered for future vacancies we have. 

Important Information

To arrange a ten minute discussion about either role with Chief Fire Officer Rick Ogden, please contact contact Ann-Marie Sarginson via email: Ann-Marie.Sarginson@cumbriafire.gov.uk 

If you require any reasonable adjustments to apply for these roles, please contact Orlanda Wright via email: Orlanda.wright@cumbriafire.gov.uk

We have guidance in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process. 

 

Relocation Assistance Scheme

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service offers a Relocation Assistance Scheme to support candidates moving home to be within travelling distance of their new appointment with the organisation.

Please click the link below to view the scheme. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss how this could work for you, if successfully appointed. 

Relocation Assistance Scheme (Word document)

About Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is a large rural service covering the picturesque Lake District to the Pennines in the east and from the industrialised West Cumbrian coast to the estuaries in the south of the county. There are 38 fire stations, 6 regular, (4 with additional on-call crew support), 2 day crewed (with additional on-call crew support) and 30 on-call, serving the county. There is a great emphasis on community safety work and much of the day-to-day operation of the service revolves around this concept.

Further information can be found in our Recruitment Pack (PDF), available to download here.

Our Structure

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service are led by a Strategic Leadership Team that combines industry knowledge, proven excellence in their fields, and a passionate commitment to continually drive the service forward.

Following our change in governance from the County Council to the Office of the PFCC, we have brought a number of corporate services in-house, including HR, Resourcing, Comms, Pensions, Health & Safety, and Finance. As we move through further disaggregation, there is more opportunity to bring services into our organisation, and ensure the smooth and supportive transition of this. 

Please find a copy of our current structure chart here: CFRS Structure Chart 2023 (image)

FREDIE

At Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, we are committed to FREDIE

Our vision regarding FREDIE is that we go beyond just legal compliance and corporate check boxes. We have a diverse community and workforce where respect, fairness, and inclusion are integral to our culture and values. These must be upheld in everything we do, from recruiting and developing talented employees, through to delivering a professional service to our communities.  The service has adopted FREDIE and are working to take this approach forward, responding to the changing social and economic environment in Cumbria and nationally in the Fire and Rescue Service.

Our Vision and Values

Our Vision

A community-focussed, professional, and trusted Fire and Rescue Service that makes Cumbria a safer place for all.

Our Values

We believe passionately in the delivery of excellent public services to make Cumbria a safer place for all. To do that we need to be clear about the values and behaviours that we need to drive change and achieve our high standards.

Code of Ethics