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Area Commander - Surrey Fire and Rescue

  • Reference:orbis/TP/771/1040
  • Positions:2
  • Salary:£53,238 to £58,397 plus Surrey Allowance £1,327 and 20% flexi duty allowance
  • Category:Fire & Rescue
  • Contract type:Permanent
  • Working hours:42
  • Posted on:10 April 2019
  • Closing date:23 April 2019
  • Directorate:Community Protection, Transport & Environment
  • Location:70 Wray Park Road, Croydon Rd, Reigate


£53,238-£58,397 per annum (plus Surrey Allowance £1,327 and 20% flexi duty allowance) for 42 hours per week based at Surrey Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters, Croydon Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 0EJ.

Flexible working is supported, laptop and mobile supplied. 37 days and 3 long service days annual leave, Firefighter's pension scheme. Travel across sites would be required.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has the responsibility of protecting over one million people who live in the 650 square miles of Surrey. The Service employs just under 700 people across the County in a variety of roles. Comprising both uniformed personnel and support staff, they all share one vision:

With you, making Surrey safer. We do this by:

  • Serving the needs of our community.
  • Flexibly responding to a constantly changing environment.
  • Recognising and embedding diversity in everything we do
  • Solving challenges through intelligence driven collaboration, innovation and improvement

For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

An enhanced DBS 'Dsiclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formely known as CRB) and the Children's and Adult's barred List checks will be required for this role.

About the role

Do you see yourself providing strong and visible leadership across the Fire Service and its partners, inspiring people to build a culture of high performance?

Do you see yourself providing immediate and long term strategic leadership within your functional area/s to create professional, resilient, effective and high performing teams?

Do you see yourself driving performance, effective service delivery and achievement of the organisation's objectives taking responsibility for ensuring continuous improvement in service delivery and support?

We are looking to recruit a pool of Area Commanders to be responsible for major project plans influencing the creation, implementation and monitoring of risk, performance, policy and planning within the role's remit. You will be required to ensure the right people are in place to ensure successful project implementation and allocate work appropriately. In addition, you will be expected to lead, manage and support people to resolve operational incidents, swiftly and safely including emergency, critical or major incidents, and other rescue operations as well as providing support and mentoring to level 3 officers. This will include providing strategic advice at Gold and Silver levels of command. To be successful in the role, you will need to be aware of external and internal factors that may influence strategy, development and implementation of projects under your control and utilise coaching and mentoring to develop and stretch staff taking into account potential for development and succession planning.

To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:

  • Lead by example inspiring, coaching and steering the efforts of those within your team. Motivating them to deliver continuous improvement in everything we do and engage with the Services vision. Engaging external partners that can contribute to the aims of the organisation.
  • Experience of having been open and flexible in respect of change, actively participating in devising creative solutions to often complex problems that may occur from time to time and taking people with you on a journey of improvement.

    Experience of developing policies and approaches to business which achieve corporate objectives.

  • Ability to work independently and be willing to make sound pragmatic problem solving decisions at the right level reflecting the key priorities and requirements of the organisation, sometimes in complex strategic environment as well as day to day running of the team.

  • The ability to effectively communicate verbally and in written form to all levels, including senior managers and county councillors. Utilising diverse and innovative methods to communicate the service vision and to engage internal and external stakeholders to work collaboratively to improve service delivery.

  • Understanding, ability and commitment to champion the principles of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Applicants will also be expected to have achieved the following level of training and qualifications:

  • Competency at Group Commander and have participated in and passed the core technical and professional development programmes.
  • Level 5 leadership and management qualification or equivalent.
  • ICS Level 3 qualified.
  • Driving License.

Additional information

This job closes on 23rd April 2019 at 23:59. Please find attached the role profile for further information about the role.


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About the organisation

Values and behaviours

Our values are what support our vision, shape the culture. They are also aligned to Surrey County Councils values and are crucial in delivering the corporate strategy.

Surrey Fire and Rescue want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

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  • Updated: 23 Feb 2020