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Crew Commander – On-Call Support Manager (Competent)

Are you keen to be involved in the modernisation and transformation of our On-Call provision?

Information

Reference:

VAC000225

Closing Date:

17 May 2022 at Midnight

Category:

Wholetime

Region:

Buckinghamshire

Location:

Headquarters, Stocklake, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1BD

Salary:

£35,747 a year plus a five per cent non-pensionable payment

Package:

  • Permanent Contract
  • Full time
  • Firefighter Pension Scheme
  • Good annual leave entitlement
  • Employee benefits
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Occupational Health
  • Free onsite parking
  • Onsite gym facilities

We are seeking a suitable candidate for the role of Crew Commander On-Call Support Manager, to promote and support the management of 10 stand-alone On-Call stations across the county.

The successful candidate will be based at Headquarters, although there will be a requirement of the role to travel throughout Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.

This is a full-time position (42 hours a week), on flexible working conditions, including some evening and occasional weekend commitment.

The post holder will report to the Watch Commander On-Call Support Manager, and support the Station Commander On-Call North and South, to deliver activities captured within annual objectives, covering operational resilience, attraction, recruitment and retention of On-Call staff.

The role will be focused on enhancing operational assurance, providing operational resilience where required, supporting service delivery and promoting the transformation and modernisation of the On-Call provision. It offers an excellent opportunity to assist with the recruitment of new staff, working alongside colleagues to help promote new working arrangements.

The post holder will support all new staff in their training and development, from Induction to the completion of their modular training.

The post attracts an additional five per cent discretionary (non-pensionable) payment for added resilience. This payment will be paid in arrears as a lump sum at the end of the financial year and will be pro-rata for months completed.

Additional investment in training is being considered for this post with the intention for a breathing apparatus instructor qualification at the Fire Service College to assist in supporting staff development plans.

The post holder must demonstrate excellent leadership qualities that align with the NFCC Leadership Framework – Leading Others.

Eligibility:

We welcome applications to join BFRS from those currently serving within a UK local authority fire & rescue service, as a competent and substantive Crew Commander, working the On-Call (RDS) or the Wholetime Duty System.

Should you require further details or an informal discussion regarding this role, please contact Station Commander Jamie Humphrey: jhumphrey@bucksfire.gov.uk

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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to be a Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service On-Call Firefighter?

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At stage two of the recruitment process you will be given a link to our online application form. This happens after you have attended one of our On-Call awareness evenings. You can sign up for an awareness evening here.

What stations are recruiting On-Call Firefighters?

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You can find out which On-Call fire stations are recruiting by clicking here.

What are the fitness requirements to be an On-Call Firefighter in Buckinghamshire or Milton Keynes?

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Our On-Call Firefighters are a required to meet set role-related standards this includes a bleep test pass mark of 8.6. Anyone applying to become an On-Call Firefighter with us will need to reach these standards at stage four of the recruitment process. More information about the On-Call role related testing is available here.

What are the steps to become an On-Call Firefighter?

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There are seven steps to becoming an On-Call Firefighter with Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service. They are:

1. Awareness evening
2. Application form
3. Interview
4. Written and role-based tests
5. Occupational health medical
6. Formal offer of employment
7. Induction day

What is 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Line availability?

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  • 1st Line availability is an immediate response. This means you must respond to incidents within 10 minutes.
  • 2nd Line availability is a delayed response. This means you must respond to incidents within 20 minutes.
  • 3rd Line availability is a delayed response. This means you must respond to incidents within one hour.
  • 4th Line availability is a delayed response. This means you must respond to incidents within three hours.

What is the age range for an On-Call Firefighter?

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You have to be a minimum of 18 years old at the start of your employment. There is no upper age limit, as long as you are physically fit and can pass the fitness test you can become a Firefighter.

Are there any employee benefits for On-Call Firefighters?

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Yes, there are many benefits to being an On-Call Firefighter at Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, these include (but are not limited to):

– Free on-site gyms
– Free on-site parking
– Free employee assistance programme
– Childcare vouchers/tax-free childcare
– Annual leave entitlement
– Maternity/paternity leave
– Pension scheme
– Ride to work bicycle scheme

I wear glasses, will this stop me from becoming an On-Call Firefighter in Buckinghamshire or Milton Keynes?

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You will be expected to attend an eye test as part of your application, and the optician will test you for colour vision. Individuals with either normal colour vision or slightly abnormal green colour vision are suitable for appointment to the fire service. Please refer to the Visual Entry Standards available at: www.fireservice.co.uk/recruitment/eyesight/ for more information.

What is the difference between Wholetime and On-Call Firefighters?

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Wholetime Firefighters are contracted to work in the fire service as their primary employment serving at Wholetime fire stations. On-Call Firefighters usually respond from home or their primary employment on a call-by-call basis via a smartphone app.

What are “On-Call nights?”

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“On-Call nights” are evenings where you attend your assigned fire station and carry out training sessions, maintain the fire appliance, undertake your admin and update your training records.

How long does the “development” phase last if I am successful in becoming an On-Call Firefighter in Buckinghamshire or Milton Keynes?

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There is a two-year development phase for On-Call Firefighters. You will find out more about this during the On-Call awareness evening you attend. You can sign up for an awareness evening here.

Do I need to live close to an On-Call fire station to become an On-Call Firefighter in Buckinghamshire or Milton Keynes?

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To be considered for an On-Call firefighter role at Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, you must live close enough to an On-Call fire station that you will be able to drive to it, get your personal protective equipment on, and leave the station on the fire appliance, within 10 minutes. You can find your nearest On-Call fire station/s here.

How much does an On-Call Firefighter get paid?

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Payments are varied depending on the number of hours you agree to, your rank and your development progress. These payments can range from £1,168.50 to £2,337 per year as a trainee. £1,557 to £3,114 per year as a competent Firefighter.
If you chose to go for promotion you can earn between £1,655 to £3,310 per year as a development Crew Commander and £1,726.50 to £3,453 as a competent Crew Commander.

What will happen at the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service On-Call Firefighter induction day?

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If you are invited to attend an On-Call Firefighter induction day you will have reached stage seven of the recruitment process, and will be invited to a fire station to start your On-Call journey. You will find out more about this during the On-Call awareness evening you attend. You can sign up for an awareness evening here.

When will I know if my application to become a Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service On-Call Firefighter has been successful?

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If you pass each of the five initial stages of the On-Call Firefighter application process, then at stage six you may be offered employment. You will find out more about this during the On-Call awareness evening you attend. You can sign up for an awareness evening here.

Do I have to pass a medical test to become a Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service On-Call Firefighter?

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Yes, as stage five of the recruitment process you will be required to undertake an occupational health medical assessment to determine if you are medically fit to perform the role. You will find out more about this during the On-Call awareness evening you attend. You can sign up for an awareness evening here.

Do I have to pass a test to become a Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service On-Call Firefighter?

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Yes, as stage four of the recruitment process you will be required to undertake an online written testing using SHL, as well as role-based physical testing. This includes a bleep test with a passing score of 8.6. You will find out more about this during the On-Call awareness evening you attend. You can sign up for an awareness evening here.

Will there be an interview if I apply to become a Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service On-Call Firefighter?

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Yes, if your application is successful. This is stage three of the recruitment process and you will be invited to an interview with us. You will find out more about this during the On-Call awareness evening you attend. You can sign up for an awareness evening here.

What happens at an On-Call awareness evening?

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Attending an On-Call awareness evening is stage one of our On-Call recruitment process. You will visit a local fire station where the role and responsibilities will be explained, and you will receive more information about us and the recruitment process. You can sign up for an awareness evening here.

Do you have events where I can find out more about becoming an On-Call Firefighter in Buckinghamshire or Milton Keynes?

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Yes, we do. You can find out the dates for our next evening, and book your place here.