Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive

Location: Portishead, North Somerset
Salary: £148,238 per annum
Reference: A000122
Deadline: Closed

Various Avon Fire Pics

Avon Fire Authority is responsible for the provision of prevention, protection and emergency response services to the communities of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire from a variety of fire stations, community safety centres, administrative buildings and HQ across the area.  We are committed to providing a safer place for people to live, work and visit across an area of 134,753 hectares and a population of over 1.1 million people.

The Fire Authority has the strategic intent to achieve excellence in the delivery of our services, from responding to emergency incidents to delivering an impressive range of preventative initiatives. We are committed to making our communities the safest places to live, work and visit by focusing on delivering exceptional services, attracting and developing a talented and committed workforce, and making effective use of resources, whilst achieving continuous organisational improvement.

The Fire Authority seeks to appoint an inspirational Chief Fire Officer & Chief Executive to lead the organisation. In doing so, Members are looking for an outstanding individual to uphold the organisation’s core ethics, values and strive for excellence in all areas. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate an enthusiastic and innovative approach to the leadership of an essential public service with a diversity of risk factors.  They will also require a good grasp of, and commitment to, diversity, inclusion, cohesion and equality issues both within the organisation and across the communities we serve.

The new CFO/CE will need to demonstrate a clear understanding of the issues facing the Fire and Rescue Service - both within Avon and the across the UK.  They will be expected to enhance the culture and values of the organisation, providing strategic leadership and management, building and maintaining high performance and effective relationships with partner organisations in order to positively shape the future services provided to the people of Avon.

Applications are invited from existing Fire Service Principal Officers and equivalent Chief Executive/Director level candidates with comparable experience and skills gained within an organisation with responsibility for public safety. 

Indicative Timetable

Closing date for applications: Sunday 28 November 2021

Shortlisting: 2 December 2021

Insights profile: Week commencing 6 December 2021

Stakeholder Engagement Forum: TBC

Operational resilience business continuity exercise: TBC

Presentation and Interview: TBC


Dawn Faulkner
Senior Partner
Tel:   0121 312 3755


To apply for this job please submit:

  • a completed AFRS Application form
  • a completed Faerfield Candidate Application Form
  • a completed Faerfield Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

to quoting: ‘Vacancy: Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive, Reference: A000122’.

Download AFRS Application Form

Download Faerfield Candidate Application Form

Download Faerfield Equal Opportunites Monitoring Form    

Candidates will be required to complete the Personal Statement on Pages 5 & 6 of the Application Form, providing evidence to meet the JD/PS framework plus the personal qualities and attributes indicated on the Form. 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.