Chief Fire Officer

Location: Cornwall
Salary: Service Grade S*
Reference: 0113
Deadline: Closed

Home to a globally renowned natural environment, a world-class renewable energy sector and cutting-edge digital infrastructure, Cornwall is helping to shape the society of the future. 

As an integral part of our Unitary Authority, Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of community safety for Cornwall.  

Our 31 stations cover over 1.3m square miles of varied terrain from wild moors and scenic coastal towns to high technology facilities and major tourist attractions. Our 500,000 residents are joined by over 5 million visitors each year who come to enjoy Cornwall’s rich heritage, landscape and beaches.  Our residents enjoy a supportive and inclusive culture across our communities, where equity and inclusion for one and all builds creativity, resilience and enjoyment in life in Cornwall.

Our location encourages us to work in close partnership with a range of public and private organisations and our commitment to partnership working is fundamental to our strong alliance with the Isles of Scilly Fire & Rescue.  This spirit of shared purpose with all of our partners has served us particularly well during the current pandemic, and our innovative Tri-Service is pushing the boundaries of future collaborative working across public services. 

As part of Cornwall’s strategic leadership team, we want our new Chief Fire Officer to continue to build on our many strengths, continuing to integrate our services with those of our partners, as well as focusing on our five key priorities and to deliver our 2019-22 Integrated Risk Management Plan.   You will be encouraged to think innovatively and strategically, recognising the importance of a healthy, inclusive culture whilst providing effective operational leadership to over 700 highly committed colleagues. 

*The Chief Fire Officer is part of the Council’s senior management team.  The Grade S salary for this role will be £103,818 to £112,139.  The salary range is aligned to the NJC Annual Rates of Pay for Chief Fire Officers in population band 2 which attracts a minimum rate of pay of £103,818.   The Council offers a comprehensive relocation package, and the role comes with a car for the Chief Fire Officer’s use in the course of their duties.   For further information and to discuss the salary and package on offer, please call Sarah Longbottom or Martin Tucker on 0121 312 3755 for a confidential discussion.  Further information can be found by visiting

Indicative timetable

Close date: 4 January 2021.

Preliminary technical interviews: Weeks commencing 18 and 25 January 2021.

Psychometric testing: During the period 8 February to 26 February 2021 for those candidates successful at preliminary interview stage.

Final Interviews: 8 and 9 March 2021 and will include formal interviews, and stakeholders, Elected Members and employee assessment panels.


Martin Tucker
T: 0113 532 5900

Sarah Longbottom
T: 0121 312 3755


To apply for this job please submit your CV, a Supporting Statement (no more than four sides of A4), a completed Candidate Application Form and a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to quoting: ‘Vacancy: Chief Fire Officer, Reference: 0113’.

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Your Supporting Statement should address the criteria set out in the ‘Experience’ section of the person specification using examples to demonstrate how you meet as many of the essential requirements as possible. Please note the indicative timetable above and let us know if there are any dates when you are not available. Please also provide the names and contact details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, then you should state this clearly.

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