Gloucestershire City Council Job title: Deputy Chief Fire Officer

Salary: £114 – £118K per annum depending on experience

Hours: Full-Time

Duration: Permanent

Location: Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service HQ, Waterwells

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At Gloucestershire County Council, we are constantly challenging ourselves to improve the services we provide. At the heart of keeping our communities safe is our Fire and Rescue Service. All the good that they do wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of 500+ staff who truly make a difference – and that’s why we need you! Your leadership, vision and strategy will shape our service for the future, providing an environment where those who are protecting the people of Gloucestershire can thrive.

As a key service of the County Council, our Fire and Rescue Service is on a journey of transformation particularly through working closely with our colleagues in health and social care. We will rely on your leadership to continue that journey. GFRS benefit from a workforce dedicated and committed to serving the communities of Gloucestershire; and from the strong support of the Council and our elected members.

Having just completed our HMIC inspection, we know where we need to improve and to do this, we require a driven and enthusiastic DCFO to support the Chief in being accountable for realising these improvements. You will play a leading role in continuing our progress to becoming a further improved, diverse and inclusive fire service.

Within this role, you will be expected to bring outstanding leadership to our organisation. We expect our leaders to encourage new ways of thinking, collaborative working and an inclusive approach to everything we do. You will share our passion to develop high-performing individuals and teams, and play a key role in contributing to our wider cultural transformation goals.

Our new DCFO will be a vital member of the Strategic Leadership team. You will be responsible for Service Delivery overseeing Community and Business Safety as well as Operational Response. As such, it is critical that the leadership you bring complements the needs of the service and pulls in the direction of HMI recommendations, while maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.

You will have previous experience within a Fire and Rescue Service, ideally working at Brigade Manager / Assistant Chief Fire Officer / Area Manager level. Competence in commanding significant operational incidents is also required, and you must have relevant accreditation (e.g., MAGIC/ICL4).


If you are interested in applying for this role, please contact our recruitment partners, Fire Knowledge Executive Recruitment, for an informal and confidential discussion with Dave Etheridge:


Mob: 07775 827265


The closing date for completed applications will be 09.00hrs on Monday 19th of September.


Further information about the role and selection process can be found here: