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ACFO Community Safety – vacancy

Vacancy for Assistant Chief Fire Officer – Community Safety

We are a forward-looking organisation that is actively seeking to have the very best and most talented officers.  We were delighted to be graded ‘Good’ across the three inspection pillars of Effectiveness, Efficiency and People by HMICFRS.  Whilst we are proud of this achievement, there is still work to do to enhance the positive impact we have on our communities, working with our partners providing value for money across the public sector.

We are at an exciting stage in our development and are actively seeking a dynamic and inspirational individual to join our Strategic Leadership Team as Assistant Chief Fire Officer – Community Safety.  Our Community Safety Directorate encompasses our four Group Commands, Protection, Prevention and Resilience to ensure we provide a fully integrated service to our communities.

Joining our principal officer team in an area with an extensive and varied risk profile, candidates will need solid operational experience in a UK Fire and Rescue Service context, coupled with well-developed leadership skills to inspire teams in times of consolidation and change.

We are seeking an exceptional individual who can demonstrate strong personal impacts and a proven record of driving organisation wide improvements.  This is a pivotal and challenging role, so we are looking for an individual who is creative, innovative and an accomplished senior manager.  You will lead in shaping the Service so it is future fit and will provide the personal drive, strategic leadership and performance management skills that will make a difference.

You will be expected to have delivered transformational work and will understand the importance of change management in a rapidly changing environment.  You will be a respected leader who engages, develops, motivates teams, and brings them with you.

The role will be demanding but rewarding and we are seeking individuals with exceptional judgement, independence of mind, the ability to assimilate complex information and who can provide constructive challenge and fresh thinking.  You will bring a track record of personal success in your career to date, combined with resilience and outstanding integrity.

The successful candidate will be expected to show operational capability at EFSM1 as well as EFSM2.

Please read the ACFO Recruitment Information Pack for guidance about completing your application and further information about the role and the Service.

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Chief Fire Officer, Ben Ansell, is happy to discuss the post informally with candidates and can be contacted at [email protected] or on his mobile 07786 174221.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 13 December 2020 (midnight).  Please submit your completed application and any associated queries by this date to Katy Post, HR Resourcing & Workforce Planning Advisor, via email to [email protected]

Diversity and Inclusion

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is committed to elimination of unlawful or unfair discrimination and will seek to ensure that no applicant for employment is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be justified and will seek to ensure that all existing and potential employees are given equal opportunities.

We operate the Disability Confident (Two Ticks) Guaranteed Interview Scheme for disabled candidates.  Please tell us in confidence if this applies to you, or if there are any reasonable adjustments that would help you apply for this post.

Place of Residence

The successful candidate will be expected to reside within the Service area at a location agreed by the Chief Fire Officer.  Where appropriate, a relocation package is available, but you must pass pre-employment vetting and health checks relevant to the operational requirements of the role.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to visit our website for information about the Service and local area: www.dwfire.org.uk

Politically Restricted Post

This is a politically restricted post under the Local Government & Housing Act 1989 (as amended) and as such, the postholder will be subject to political restrictions.  The postholder will be expected to maintain political neutrality in relation to the work of the Authority.

Pension – Annual Allowance

As thresholds for the annual and lifetime allowances have decreased, there is an increasing likelihood of pension scheme members breaching tax limits by accepting a promotion or change of position.

Please note that it is your personal responsibility to check whether by applying / accepting this position it would result in any Annual Allowance implications.  A breach in the Annual Allowance threshold could result in a tax charge.  Further information on Annual Allowance can be obtained from HMRC.

Pension – Lifetime Allowance

Please note that it is your personal responsibility to check whether by applying / accepting this position it would result in any Lifetime Allowance implications.

A breach in the Lifetime Allowance threshold will result in a tax charge.  Further information on Lifetime Allowance can be obtained from HMRC.

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