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Crew Manager Promotion Gateway Sept 2022

Last updated  15 September 2022

The Service aims to establish a talent pool of high calibre individuals ready for appointment to Crew Manager vacancies expected to arise over the next 12 -18 months.  If you are looking for a leadership opportunity, join us 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.

Crew Manager Promotion Gateway (Whole Time Duty System for internal/external applicants)

Crew Manager Promotion Gateway (Retained Duty System for internal applicants only)

Crew Manager Promotion Gateway (Control) for internal/external applicants

Closing Date:   09.00 17 October 2022

Salary:               CM Dev £34,269 rising to CM Comp £35,747  (WDS)

                            CM Control Dev £32,556 rising to CM Control Comp £33,960 

Location:          Various roles and locations across Bedfordshire

Those successful in the Crew Manager promotion gateway will be eligible for appointments to substantive Crew Manager vacancies arising for Whole Time Duty System/Retained Duty System/Control as applicable.  The gateway will also be used to identify opportunities to support personal development, as the Service progresses a structured approach for effective talent management and development pathways.

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 roles


You will assist in the supervisory management of:

  • the designated Watch/section (WDS/RDS as applicable) in providing leadership for, and assisting in, coordinating the activities of crews and managing the day to use of allocated station resources to ensure effective delivery of protection, prevention and emergency incident response services to the community so as to save and protect life, property and the environment.

CC Control

You will assist in the supervisory management of:

  • the designated Watch in Service Control, providing leadership for and assisting in coordinating the activities of the Watch and managing the day to day use of allocated Service Control resources to ensure the effective provision of call receipt, mobilising, communications, operational availability and associated information support functions; and to thereby contribute to the protection, prevention and emergency response functions of the Service so as to save and protect life, property and the environment.

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. 

 Successful candidates will be dynamic, and able to demonstrate excellent leadership and interpersonal skills.  They will have the ability to motivate and empower others to both understand and deliver on our objectives.  They will also foster an inclusive working environment. 

The operational shift pattern for Wholetime is a 24 hour on-duty shift followed by 72 hours off, or day duty.  Day duty posts, where available, are aligned to the 9 day fortnight.

The operational shift pattern for CC Control is a 2 days, 2 nights followed by 4 days off.  


We welcome applications to join Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service from those currently serving within a UK Fire Authority as a

  • Substantive and Competent Firefighter on Wholetime Duty Systems (Internal/External applicants)
  • Substantive Competent Firefighter on the On-Call (RDS) Duty System (Internal applicants only).
  • Substantive Competent Firefighter Control (Internal /External applicants)

 Whilst candidates (WDS/RDS) are not required to hold IFE Level 3 Certificate in Fire Science, Operations, Safety and Management (or IFE Level 3 Certificate Unit 4 Management & Administration for Control applicants) at the point of application, attainment of these papers is essential for entry to the Crew Manager talent pool. 

Subject to success at all stages of the gateway process, and achievement of the required IFE examinations, (and technical paper where applicable for Control) candidates will be able to progress to the talent pool this cycle.

Internal applicants that are successful at the gateway will be eligible for consideration for temporary Crew Manager roles only, if pending any IFE required papers. 

Candidates who have a live disciplinary sanction for either Attendance or Conduct at the time of the application closing date will not normally be eligible to engage in the selection process.  Candidates pending the outcome of a disciplinary matter will not normally be eligible to enter the talent pool until the outcome is known.  (Exceptions may be made in instances where extenuating circumstances apply).

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

All potential candidates will have the opportunity to join an engagement forum hosted by our Chief Fire Officer, Andrew Hopkinson, and Principal Officers to discuss what we have to offer.

Candidates successful at shortlist will be invited to attend a selection process. This will include an assessment stage (involving a case study and role play exercise), and an interview stage.  Control candidates will also be required to undertake a technical test.

Candidates successful at all elements of the process, including papers required to achieve IFE Level 3 Certificate in Fire Science, Operations, Safety and Management (or Level 3 Certificate Unit 4 Management & Administration for Control) will enter a talent pool, eligible for consideration for Crew Manager posts as they arise on the Wholetime Duty System. 

Applicants will be required to successfully complete an Incident Command L1 assessment prior to appointment.  Internal applicants will need a valid Incident Command Level 1 Skills Certificate.

Successful candidates 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. 

Those successful will be required to undertake a probationary period of 6 months and will also be required on promotion to satisfactorily complete the relevant Crew Manager Development Programme. 

 To apply, please complete the relevant Crew Manager Promotion Gateway 2022 Application Form (Internal or External, as applicable) found below.   This is available, together with the Crew Manager Applicant Pack,  Applicant Privacy Notice and NFCC Leadership Framework.

 Completed application forms should be returned to Juliet Ormerod, Assessment & Selection Co-ordinator via email: Juliet.Ormerod@bedsfire.gov.uk.  

Closing date:  09.00, 17 October 2022 

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

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Adults, Children and Young People and all staff and volunteers are expected to share this commitment.

 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!



Engagement Forum


1530 hours, 4 October 2022

Closing Date

0900 hours, 17 October 2022



w/c 17 October 2022


Assessment and Interview Stage

(Case Study, Role Play Exercise and Interview)

w/c 24 October 2022  

(provisional dates)


Incident Command Level 1 Assessment (as applicable)

Control Technical Test (as applicable)

Prior to appointment


Crew Manager Promotion Gateway Sept 2022 Application Form (External)

Crew Manager Promotion Gateway Sept 2022 Application Form (Internal)

Crew Manager Applicant Pack

Applicant Privacy Notice

NFCC Leadership Framework

Beds Fire


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