Watch Manager – Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

The Service’s workforce planning forecast has identified that there will be a number of Watch Manager opportunities across the Service over the coming year in Service Delivery, Protection and the Operational Assurance and Training Team.  In preparation for this, the application process for the 2024 Watch Manager promotion boards is now open.

We are looking for individuals who possess excellent leadership and communication skills, a proven ability to influence and motivate staff whilst also maintaining the highest levels of service delivery to ensure we are ready to change, save and protect the lives of the communities we serve.

The successful candidates will possess an understanding of the issues relating to the fire and rescue service, be committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and staff engagement. They will also be required to demonstrate competence against the “Leading Others” element of the NFCC Leadership Framework, demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a high performing team in accordance with the Service’s core values.

This opportunity is open to internal and external Wholetime candidates who are competent Crew Managers working within the Service. This includes Firefighters who have achieved and maintained competence at Crew Manager level in a temporary role.

Applications are also invited from substantive Wholetime Watch Managers looking to transfer into Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service from another FRS.

Whilst aptitude, skills and experience are key requirements, academic ability is also important and it is expected that applicants will have achieved one of the following:

  • a fire related degree or
  • a Level 3 Certificate in Fire Service Operations and Incident Command or
  • the IFE Level 3 Diploma Unit 6 Fire Service Operations & Incident Command paper:
  • Substantive Crew Managers who have achieved the IFE Level 3 Certificate Unit 2 Fire Service Operations paper can apply for promotion to Watch Manager without the relevant IFE qualification (this is a BYE) subject to:

–  committing to undertaking and passing the WM paper within 2 years


–  passing the Station manager paper within 2 years of appointment

The selection process will comprise of three elements each representing a gateway so only those successful at each stage will progress throughout the process.

  • Initial Application
  • WM7 Command assessment
  • Interview and presentation.

Please see below for a guide with full details about the application process and an application form.

WM Promotion Board Guidance

WM Application form

Job reference number 17/24/WMP

Please return completed application forms to

Incomplete applications cannot be accepted.

Closing date for applications: Friday 9 August 2024 at 2pm.

Salary: £41,031 - £44,911 per annum

Contract type: Full Time

Closing date: August 9 2024

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