Inter Service Transfer for Wholetime Crew Commander and Watch Commander Opportunities – Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

We are delighted to advise that Inter-Service Transfers for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) for Junior Officer Opportunities are now open again.

Interest is invited from Wholetime and On Call Crew Commander and Watch Commanders and has been extended to invite interest from those in development and competent. 

Both opportunities will lead and support people to resolve all types of operational incidents swiftly and safely. This includes planning to meet the needs of the incident, implementing action to meet planned objectives, closing down the operational phase of incidents and debriefing people following incidents.

The role of Crew Commander continues to be a staple and integral role in our organisation. Working seamlessly with Watch Commander and providing support in the management and administration of the watch or team and in the absence of the Watch Manager, deputise on their behalf.

The role of the Watch Commander is no less vital in the delivery of station targets and borough plans. Providing leadership, management and development to support the team providing clear direction and expectations in order that they are able to perform competently in their roles against their role profiles.

Both the Crew and Watch Commander continue to be key in the delivery of our service objectives.

If you want to identify and belong to a progressive and welcoming service, who values team work and puts the needs of the community first at all times, SFRS are the service for you.

Salary is in line with NJC Pay Scales and attract a Surrey Allowance, currently £1575 per annum

The Service are seeking to create a pool of candidates ahead of future vacancies that may arise.

All candidates must be accepting and willing to service from any station across the county of Surrey.

The course will be held at Wray Park Training Centre, Reigate and will be for 5* weeks running Monday – Friday.

*The course may be extended to meet service need

This opportunity will mean that those that are successful and invited on to a course will be placed at any location across the County of Surrey.

Right Person, Right Role

We are proud to operate a multitude of shift patterns across our Wholetime Fire Stations which supports our Making Surrey Safer Plan 2020-2024 Making Surrey Safer – Our Plan for 2020 – 2024 – Surrey County Council (

  • Traditional 224 (2 days, 2 nights, 4 off) – 9am – 6pm / 6pm – 9am
  • Hybrid (2 days, 2 nights, 4 off) 7am – 7pm / 7pm-7am – every third working pattern, you will be expected to work 4 days, this means no night cover 7am -7pm
  • Day Crewed – 7am – 7pm (no night cover needed) – this shift pattern operates with every other weekend off.

At Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, we believe it is essential to embed our commitment to the Core Code of Ethics and particularly equality, diversity and inclusion, into every aspect of our work. This is a dual responsibility applying both to our outward facing, community-focussed activities, and to our internal responsibilities to people and volunteers.

Our vision is that everyone representing Surrey Fire and Rescue Service will be community role model.

These include:

  • Putting our communities first
  • Integrity
  • Dignity and respect
  • Leadership
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion

Before submitting your application, we recommend you read the job description.Our Life at Surrey handbook also attached provides insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Process for Application

Please upload a current CV along with certificates showing all relevant qualification to demonstrate competence.

Our Process after shortlisting 

 Stage 1 Interviews and assessments to take place

 Stage 2 Fitness assessment (Bleep test)

Appointment subject to competency being confirmed through a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) as appropriate

Prior to offer of employment candidates will be asked to undertake a full medical examination and reaching the required fitness standards.

A Enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB)  will be required for this role and social media vetting checks will be undertaken.

Additional Information

For further information about these roles please contact  the Recruitment Hub

Please note that the closing date for this opportunity may be paused or closed depending on the amount of interest we receive.

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