Watch Manager – Special Operations Team Lead – Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has a fantastic opportunity available for a Watch Manager – Special Operations Team Lead to join our National Resilience team based in Exeter on a permanent contract.

Key responsibilities of our Watch Manager – Special Operations Team Lead will include:

– Respond immediately and safely to all emergency incidents and take command as required.
– Provide tactical operational leadership and support at operational incidents in the role of Team Leader or Specialist Advisor
– Manage matters of welfare, discipline, probation, fitness and other related personnel matters.
– Attend meetings, functions, National exercises and represent the Special Operations team as necessary.
– Manage, monitor and evaluate that all activities undertaken by the Special Operations team contribute to the achievement of the Special Operations station action plans and targets.
– Support the Special Operations team in the development of relationships within the Service and with other organisations developing partnerships where possible.

Applications are invited from existing suitably experienced and qualified Crew Managers and Watch Managers. Eligible applicants will need to meet the following criteria as a minimum:

– Be a competent Crew Manager
– Able to demonstrate/evidence significant leadership experience
– Not subject to formal performance improvement actions, nor have any live disciplinary sanctions

As part of our selection process you will be required to undertake a Leading Others Skills Build, ICS potential and Drill Ground Assessment.

If you are interested in this position, you will need to complete the application form via the link below which will include a personal impact statement. The personal impact statement relates to each of the four quadrants of the NFFC Leadership Framework as well as operational and professional expertise. Your impact statement should focus on demonstrating your impact at ‘Leading Others’ level.

You will also need to detail how you meet the following essential requirements of the role:

– Experience working in the field of specialist rescue and/or National Resilience
– Sound operational knowledge and experience and an appreciation of the dynamic environment in which the Special Operations team operates and all other National Resilience assets.
– Ability/potential to command an incident commensurate with the role of Watch Manager.
– Proven ability in implementing policy and clear awareness and commitment to Service objectives.
– Ability to manage resources efficiently and effectively, monitoring and maintaining the required standards.
– Good understanding of a USAR Co-ordination Cell and the roles and responsibilities undertaken within it.

Salary: £41,031

Contract type: Full Time

Closing date: May 29 2024

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