Assistant Chief Fire Officer

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Salary: £100,890
Reference: A000359
Deadline: Closed

Due to the recent appointment of the new Chief Fire Officer, Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority are now looking to appoint a highly motivated individual to the post of Assistant Chief Fire Officer.  The successful candidate will have the skills and energy to deliver a high quality, affordable and sustainable Service to the people of Shropshire.

Shropshire and Wrekin Fire and Rescue Authority delivers a service to over 480,000 residents spread over 1,346 square miles, with the busy towns of Shrewsbury and Telford at its centre. This sparsity, combined with the heritage sites and challenges of two growing vibrant towns creates a challenging and interesting risk profile. 

As a member of the Executive Leadership Team and the Service Management Team applicants must currently be operating at a strategic level with a strong record and have the skills to lead, innovate and drive change, direct and manage across a range of professional disciplines including Service Delivery (Prevention Protection and Response) and/or Service Support (HR, Admin, ICT and Risk and Performance).  

The successful candidate must have the ability to balance conflicting demands, the confidence to innovate and be creative and the resilience and character to deal with the pressures that come with an Executive role. With many of our support functions out-sourced, experience of successfully contracting with third parties and managing those relationships is also beneficial. 

SFRS strives to be an inclusive organisation and candidates should have highly developed interpersonal skills, the ability to demonstrate respect for diverse opinions, openness, honesty, and integrity are key personal qualities to build positive relationships both within and outside of the organisation.  A key part of the role is engagement with Elected Members requiring political awareness and acuity. 

The Assistant Chief Fire Officer is part of the Executive Officer Rota and as such is required to reside within an approved area and must provide executive, operational and Strategic Command cover.  The position is subject to Gold Book terms and conditions. The Service provides a vehicle with an option for private mileage, subject to respective taxation. A relocation package is available. 

Applicants are invited to contact Executive Support to request a telephone appointment for an informal discussion about the post with the Chief Fire Officer, Simon Hardiman on 01743 260200.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service have a strong commitment to equality diversity and inclusion at work. We want to reflect the communities we service and therefore we positively welcome applicants from disabled people and minority groups who are under-represented in our Service.

Read the Candidate Pack    


Dawn Faulkner
Phone: 0121 312 3755

Sarah Longbottom
Phone: 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: Assistant Chief Fire Officer (Reference: A000359)’.

Please carefully review and consider the essential qualifications, knowledge, experience, skills and personal attributes shown in the role profile and person specification.

Your supporting statement should express why you are interested in this role and what experience you can bring to the organisation. The statement should tackle the specific requirements of the role; outlining examples and outcomes showing how you meet those requirements.

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.

If you require either of the below documents in a different format, please contact Faerfield by phone (0121 312 3755) or via email (

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