Area Manager – Cleveland Fire Brigade

Cleveland Fire Authority is seeking to recruit ambitious, innovative, and forward-thinking individuals to the role of Area Manager. We are looking for individuals who will share our vision and commitment to make a positive difference to the safety and quality of life of every local citizen; and the places where they live and work.

Rated as ‘Good’ in all areas by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Service, we consider ourselves to be a high performing, innovative organisation within the Northeast of England that is well regarded by the communities it serves and our partners.

This is an exciting time to be joining our senior team who, together, will help shape and deliver on our ambitious plans for the future.

The role of Area Manager is rewarding, and successful candidates will need to demonstrate an understanding of the challenges facing the Fire & Rescue Service, with the vision to embrace opportunities to deliver transformational change.  This will require excellent leadership, resource management, business planning and decision-making skills.

Acting as an ambassador for diversity and inclusion, and with a proven track record in strategy development and implementation, you will have a flexible approach, and demonstrate those essential interpersonal qualities and attitudes with an open and engaging style of leadership which is part of our ‘One Vision-One Team’ concept.

Working directly to the Assistant Chief Fire Officer Community Protection, the successful candidates will need to be strategically minded and achievement focused, with strong communication, negotiating and influencing skills to work effectively in a political and unionised environment.

If you are looking for a leadership opportunity in a fire and rescue service with a great reputation and a strong track record of visible leadership and delivering positive outcomes for our communities, then Cleveland Fire Brigade could be for you.

The post holders will be required to perform operational incident command at Level 4 as part of the Principal Officer Rota; assume Gold Strategic Command in the absence of a Principal Officer and be able to provide a response within one hour.  Outside the PO Rota, you are required to be continuously available to the Authority and Brigade for appropriate duties as may be necessary.

If you can champion original thinking, promote excellence, drive positive and sustainable change we would like to hear from you.

Applications are invited from competent Group Managers and existing Area Managers.

For informal discussions, prior to closing date of applications, contact Assistant Chief Fire Officer Simon Weastell on telephone number 01429874004.

Information in respect of the Authority and the services they provide can be found at

Download an application pack to apply.

Completed application forms should be emailed to: and should be marked ‘Confidential’.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 9th June 2024

Dates for noting:

Closing dates for applications9th June 2024
Shortlisting of applicationsWeek commencing 10th June 2024
I3 Personality Profiling (on-line)Week commencing 17th June 2024
Incident Command Assessment 17th, 18th, 23rd, 25th June 2024
Shortlisting of candidatesWeek commencing 28th June 2024

The posts are critical functions and as such the post holders will have access to sensitive assets.  In addition to the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, the successful post holders will be subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS), Non-Police Personnel Vetting at Level 3, and National Security Vetting at SC level.

We are an Equal Opportunities employer and aim to ensure that our workforce is representative of the communities we serve. We understand that having a workforce which is made up of those from the wide range of communities, localities and backgrounds will enable us to offer the best possible service through strong community links, better understanding of our communities and providing opportunities for all. We particularly welcome applications from individuals from Women, Black or Minority Ethnic Backgrounds (BME), those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) or are registered as disabled as these groups are currently underrepresented within our workforce.

Salary: £75,796 (Development) - £83,140 (Competent)

Contract type: Full Time

Closing date: June 9 2024

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