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Job title: Assistant Chief Fire Officer
Salary: £97 – 106K
Hours: Full-Time
Duration: Permanent
Location: Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service HQ, Waterwells

At Gloucestershire County Council, we are constantly challenging ourselves to improve the services we provide. At the heart of keeping our communities safe is our Fire and Rescue Service (FRS). All the good that they do wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of 500+ staff who truly make a difference – and that’s why we need you! Your leadership, vision and strategy will shape our service for the future, providing an environment where those who are protecting the people of Gloucestershire can thrive.

As a key service of the County Council, our Fire and Rescue Service is on a journey of transformation particularly through working closely with our colleagues in health and social care. We will rely on your leadership to continue that journey. GFRS benefit from a workforce dedicated and committed to serving the communities of Gloucestershire; and from the strong support of the Council and our elected members.

Having just completed our second HMIC inspection, we know where we need to improve and to do this, we require a driven and enthusiastic ACFO to support the Chief and the Deputy Chief in being accountable for realising these improvements. You will play a leading role in continuing our progress to becoming a further improved, diverse and inclusive fire service.

Within this role, you will be expected to bring outstanding leadership to our organisation. We expect our leaders to encourage new ways of thinking, collaborative working and an inclusive approach to everything we do. You will share our passion to develop high-performing individuals and teams, and play a key role in contributing to our wider cultural transformation goals.

Our new ACFO will be a vital member of the Strategic Leadership team. You will be responsible for effective management of business-to-business relationships for HR, Finance, Procurement, Communications and Organisational Development. As such, it is critical that the leadership you bring complements the needs of the service and pulls in the direction of HMI recommendations, while maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.

Ideally, you will have previous experience within a Fire and Rescue Service, working at Area Manager level. Competence in commanding significant operational incidents is also required, and you must have relevant accreditation (e.g., MAGIC/ICL4).

However, we welcome external applications from individuals who are not currently working within the Fire and Rescue Services sector as well as those currently conditioned to the Green, Grey and Gold Book FRS Conditions of Service. If the successful individual is not from a traditional FRS operational background, transitional development training will be provided.


Our dedicated recruitment microsite below contains all the information needed.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please contact our recruitment partners, Fire Knowledge Executive Recruitment, for an informal and confidential discussion with Dave Etheridge:

Email: [email protected]
Mob: 07775 827265

The closing date for completed applications will be 09.00hrs on Monday 5th June 2023.