Crew Manager Development Centre – West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

We are running a Development Centre to identify individuals with the potential to become influential Crew Managers to help us shape our Service for the future.

The development centre is an opportunity for you to learn more about yourself and gain some comprehensive developmental and motivational feedback to support your career. Each exercise is an opportunity for you to practice and demonstrate the necessary skills for you to become a potential future Crew Manager. It will also give you insight into your areas of strength and highlight areas for development.

To be eligible to apply for the Development Centre you must be a substantive and competent (wholetime or retained) Firefighter who has demonstrated competence against the requirements of the NFCC Firefighter role map.

Development Centre Overview

Stage 1

  • Application – consisting of a CV and the Key Skills Application Form

Stage 2

  • Incident Command Test of Potential (for those who do not hold a Level 1/Initial qualification)
  • Face to face assessments, including prioritisation exercise and interview

Stage 3

  • Candidates notified of outcome and provided with feedback.
  • As posts become available, successful candidates will be notified of applicable posts and invited to a role specific selection process.

Stage 4

  • References
  • Enhanced DBS Check

External candidates only:

  • Fitness assessment
  • Medical

Skills, qualifications and experience

You will be a skilled communicator with the ability to work with a diverse range of people using a variety of engagement methods.

You will be a role model to others, not afraid to challenge behaviour and continually striving for personal and team improvement.

Key Skills:

  1. Ability to lead in an inclusive and supportive manner to ensure effective teamwork in both operational and non-operational activities.
  2. Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  3. Effective time management skills.
  4. Ability to plan, manage resources and problem solve.
  5. Ability to use questioning and analytical skills in order to conduct inspections and investigations.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Substantive and competent Firefighter who has demonstrated competence against the requirements of the NFCC Firefighter role map.
  • Current full UK driving licence (unless you have a valid reason which prohibits you form driving).


  • Demonstrate an understanding and commitment to the core values and the national fire and rescue service leadership framework.
  • A working knowledge of Health and Safety at Work Legislation and its application to the Fire and Rescue Service.
  • Experience of forming positive and strong relationships with partners.
  • Experience of applying relevant information to make appropriate decisions and create practical solutions.
  • Evidence of continued professional development.

Reward and benefits

As an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do.

As an employee of West Sussex County you will also have access to a range of benefits, please see our you Rewards and Benefits page for further information.

Further information

The reference number for this role is CPP00938.

If you have any queries about this process please contact us at

We will be running a live online question and answer session for applicants on Tuesday 04 June 2024 at 14:00. Click here to join the meeting. A recoding will be available; however we would very much encourage you to attend so you can find out more about the process and any questions you may have.

To Apply

  1. Save copies of the documents attached at the bottom of this advert (you will only be able to access them while the advert is live).
  2. Complete the Key Skills application form.
  3. Click the Apply Online button to upload your CV and completed Key Skills application form.

Your CV should demonstrate how you meet the qualifications section of the job description, provide a full employment and education history, including reasons for any gaps.

West Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer committed to promoting an environment that is inclusive and free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of its people. We actively welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and take every possible step to ensure that no individual will be disadvantaged.

Information regarding your eligibility to apply for this role under our Disability or Veteran’s Guaranteed Interview Scheme can be found on our application help page. If you are applying under this scheme, you will be guaranteed progression to Stage 2, subject to successfully passing Stage 1 by demonstrating the essential criteria for the role.

Salary: £38,501 - £40,161

Contract type: Full Time

Closing date: June 19 2024

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