Candidates will have the opportunity to join an engagement forum hosted by Andrew Hopkinson, our Chief Fire Officer and Senior Management Team to discuss what we have to offer. We will also be running support sessions by the Assessment & Selection Coordinator to enable you to find out more about what is involved, and what you can expect on the day.
Candidates successful at shortlist will be invited to attend a progressive Supervisory Manager selection process. This will include an assessment stage, an interview stage. The Crew Commander gateway will include a case study and role play exercise, and CM interview.
Successful applicants will be required to successfully complete an Incident Command L1 assessment prior to appointment. Internal applicants holding a valid Incident Command Level 1 Skills Certificate will not be required to retake this element as part of the gateway process, however will be expected to maintain their revalidation.
Applicants will be offered the option to indicate on their application form whether they would like to be considered for an accelerated pathway. (This may, subject to their performance at the gateway, enable them to be offered additional development opportunities on appointment to a Crew Commander role, and the option to undertake the assessments leading to entry to the next level up talent pool within 12 months).
Successful applicants at the gateway process (also taking account IFE attainment) will enter a talent pool, eligible for consideration for Crew Commander posts, as applicable, 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 Crew Commander Development Programme.
Unsuccessful applicants will be offered detailed feedback, and internal candidates will agree a development plan with their line manager.
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is an equal opportunities employer and 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.
Please note: Dates may be subject to change.
All potential candidates will be presented with the opportunity to participate in an engagement forum, providing individuals with a better understanding of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue service. This will be conducted via TEAMS and hosted by Chief Fire Officer Andrew Hopkinson.
(Whilst we highly recommend attendance, there is no requirement to participate).
Gateway Support Session
Support sessions will be run for those wishing to find out more about the process, and what to expect on the day. These will be held (subject to numbers) at Training Centre hosted by the Assessment & Selection Co-ordinator.
This represents the gateway for progression to the formal selection process. A shortlist process will be undertaken.
Assessment and Interview Stage
Assessment and Interview Stage
The Crew Commander Assessment stage will incorporate a case study and role play exercise. The case study requires a written response to situations, and lasts approximately 1 hour. The role play exercise gives candidates 15 minutes to prepare for a 20 minute exercise. Both elements are based on supervisory management themes and are assessed against the NFCC Leadership Framework.
The interview element of the gateway will assess ability to perform the roles/responsibilities undertaken by Crew Commander. The interview process will also explore strengths, leadership qualities and professional style. Interview questions may vary from competency based around past experience and the NFCC Leadership Framework to strengths based style questions.
A moderation panel will meet following completion of this stage.
Incident Command Level 1 Assessment
This exercise will be a practical simulation exercise, assessing incident command skills.
Internal applicants holding a valid pass at the practical assessment L1 Incident Command will not be required to retake this element as part of the gateway process.