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Area Manager Promotion Gateway

Last updated  13 April 2021

If you are looking for a leadership opportunity in a fire and rescue service with a great reputation and a strong track record of visible leadership and delivering positive outcomes for our communities then Bedfordshire could be for you. Join our Service to play a vital role building upon our successes to date and striving to deliver on our Mission to provide outstanding fire & rescue services that help make Bedfordshire safer.

Post:                        Area Manager B

Closing Date:        09:00 4 May 2021

Salary:                     Area Manager £55,389 - £60,756

                                  (plus 20% FDS allowance, plus locally agreed £10k ARA for 

                                   Strategic Operational Commander role)

Location:                 Bedfordshire

With our new Chief Fire Officer taking up post on 1 July, recruitment is underway for a new Deputy Chief Fire Officer and Assistant Chief Fire Officer.  One or more vacancies at Area Manager are anticipated to arise in the coming months.  This is an exciting time to be joining our senior team who together will help shape and deliver on our ambitious plans for the future.  As part of our succession planning, the Service is opening a gateway process for Area Manager and are inviting applications to create a talent pool eligible for temporary or substantive appointment to Area Manager vacancies available now and expected to arise over the next 6-12 months.

There has never been a better time to join us.

Why Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire covers an area of 480 square miles and has a growing and diverse population currently estimated around 655,000. Growth projections indicate this will grow by up to a third in the next decade or so. 

Bedfordshire is a wonderful county to live in, whether you want a quiet market town, a historic ruin to explore, countryside to admire or to take a walk along Bedford's beautifully landscaped Embankment, you’ll find delightful views and plenty of greenery to explore and get lost in.  Bedfordshire also boasts a number of large towns and villages. These include Woburn’s historical sites; Woburn Abbey, Woburn Safari Park and a Center Parcs, which offer days out for the whole family. And if this wasn't enough, you're only an hour's drive from London and 20 minutes from Milton Keynes Shopping Centre. It is served by extensive transport infrastructure including the M1 and A1(M) motorways, three major rail routes, London Luton Airport and county wide rivers. 

About Us

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is made up of an engaged and dedicated team of around 600 talented and diverse individuals.  Our employees are our greatest asset and without them, we couldn’t achieve all we do for the communities of Bedfordshire. We continue to invest in ensuring we have an agile, motivated and highly capable workforce, reflective of the diverse communities we serve.  There has been significant investment in the County recently, and Bedfordshire has undergone significant expansion in terms of housing, and industrial and commercial sites. Our challenge is to align our resources to support this exciting growth and continue to keep our communities safe.

Beyond our fire service duties, we are proud to say we offer much more to our communities. As part of our blue light collaboration strategic partnership we are working with Bedfordshire Police and The East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) on a number of projects. These include supporting EEAST in responding to medical emergencies and non-emergency falls patients and assisting Bedfordshire Police with searches for vulnerable missing persons and much more. We are also delighted to have launched a new Technical Support Unit, based at Dunstable Fire Station, providing the complex patient rescue capability for EEAST - the first of its kind in the country.

About the role

You will lead, develop and support the Service in delivering on its Mission to provide outstanding fire and rescue services that help make Bedfordshire safer.  You will demonstrate excellent leadership qualities that align with the NFCC Leadership Framework and our Service Values:

  • We are Accountable
  • We’ve got your Back
  • Every Contact counts
  • We Dare to be Different. 

The Service is seeking dynamic individuals, with visionary leadership and the capability to make things happen.  The role will be responsible for strategic planning, direction and guidance to ensure the Service’s vision, values and objectives are achieved.  To be successful, you will have a thorough understanding of the challenges faced by the Service and the Sector locally, regionally and nationally.  You will possess high levels of resilience, and demonstrate exceptional experience in leading and motivating diverse teams and services.

The role requires sound knowledge and experience of fire and rescue service delivery, operational command at all levels, integrated risk management planning, business, financial and succession planning, performance and people management and partnership working.  Through a collaborative approach, applicants must have the ability to lead, build and maintain effective relationships with all stakeholders to attain strategic goals.  You will have the ability to challenge, promote and advance equality and diversity and inclusion, and build a positive culture for a forward thinking Service.

The role is conditioned to the Flexible Duty System (FDS) and postholders are required to provide a response base in an area approved by the Chief Fire Officer which will enable them to undertake their operational command duties when on-call.  Basic salary in development is £55,389 per annum (rising to £60,756 upon achieving competent Area Manager B) plus a 20% flexible duty supplement.  There is an additional payment of £10,000 per annum for carrying out Strategic Operational Commander (SOC) duties.

Relocation assistance may be available to successful candidates (details available on request). 


We welcome applications from

  • Substantive Area Managers serving with a local authority fire and rescue service
  • Substantive and fully competent Group Managers with a minimum of 12 months experience in role, serving with a local authority fire and rescue service

 Applicants must be assessed as competent to operate as an ICL3 Advanced Incident Commander, with proven relevant experience managing operational incidents at this level.  They must be able to demonstrate experience of operating effectively at strategic level, and have a track record of achievement.

To Apply

Applicants will need to complete an application form, with supporting statement. This will enable you to demonstrate how your knowledge, skills and experience meet the essential criteria listed in the Person Specification.

The Selection Process

Candidates will have the opportunity to join an engagement forum hosted by Andrew Hopkinson, our Chief Fire Officer (Designate) to discuss what we have to offer.  Candidates successful at shortlist will be invited to attend a progressive Area Manager selection process. This will include an assessment stage, an interview stage and an Incident Command L3 assessment. 

Successful applicants at the gateway process will enter a talent pool, eligible for consideration for Area Manager posts as they arise.  The pool will remain live for 12-18 months.  They will be required to serve at any location in the Service, and to gain pre-employment clearances, including a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and pass a Service Medical and Fitness Test before appointment will be offered. 

Successful applicants will be required to undertake a probationary period of 6 months and those successful on promotion will also be required to satisfactorily complete the Area Manager Development Programme.   

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

An application form, together with an Area Manager Information Pack and full details can be found in the section below.

Closing date:  09:00 4th May 2021

For further information please contact Juliet Ormerod, Assessment and Selection Co-ordinator via email Juliet.ormerod@bedsfire.gov.uk    

All candidates can request an informal 1-2-1 discussion with our Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Andrew Hopkinson, which we will seek to accommodate, subject to availability of all parties.

At Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, we’re not all the same. And that’s our greatest strength. We draw on the differences in who we are, what we’ve experienced, and how we think. Because to provide a service that serves everyone, we believe in including everyone.

Be bold, be unique, be you, dare to be different!




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