Water Officer – Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service

Your role and responsibilities

The role is interesting and varied, looking at planning applications, evaluating how fire crews can access sites and, following guidance, decide how water needs to be provided for the premises or development.

You will be the single point of contact for external stakeholders who are required to consult with the Fire Service and provide responses, guidance, and additional information within tight consultation timelines in accordance with legislation

You will work with external partners such as planning departments, developers, water companies and internal SCC partners like, highways.

You will be responsible for managing 2 support staff and 2 hydrant inspectors, with the support of our Protection team. This role is pivotal in ensuring our firefighters have access to the water they need to keep the public of Suffolk safe.

What you will need

  • A level 4 qualification in Business Management or similar or equivalent experience and knowledge
  • A Project Management Qualification (desirable)
  • A NEBOSH Certificate (desirable)
  • The ability to lead a team act as a role model, provide support and guidance, and ensure staff meet objectives.
  • Personal resilience and ability to work under pressure.
  • Excellent communication skills to provide technical advice to varying audiences.
  • Strong organisational abilities to manage information, prioritise tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Empathy in handling complaints and challenges.
  • Negotiation skills to achieve positive outcomes and value for money.
  • Understanding of relevant legislation related to securing water for firefighting.
  • Full knowledge of the Town and Country Planning Act.
  • The ability to develop policies and procedures.
  • To be able to produce reports and deliver presentations to planners and councils on behalf of the directorate.

You can view a full list of requirements in the Job and Person Profile (docx). If you believe you can succeed in this role, apply. Even if you don’t meet all requirements, still apply. We would appreciate the opportunity to consider your application.

The team

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service offers exceptional service to the people of Suffolk. You too can be part of this team and help manage the hydrant inspectors who maintain the hydrants used by our crews across the service. You will also be part of the wider Protection Team that ensures buildings are safe for the public to use.

Empowering Everyone

We’re big believers in potential, possibility and the power of different ideas. We’re always searching for ways to encourage, respect and enable everyone to be the best they can be. We want to represent the diverse communities we serve. We welcome applications from all individuals, especially those from groups that are currently underrepresented in the organisation, as shown in our Workforce Equality Report (suffolkjobsdirect.org).

For more information

Please contact Phil Cornford (he/him) for a casual conversation. You can reach them by calling 07780 956439 or emailing philip.cornford@suffolk.gov.uk.

How to apply

Step 1 – Read the Job and Person Profile (docx).

Step 2 – Click ‘Apply Now’ to start your online application.

Step 3 – Upload a supporting statement indicating how you meet each of the criteria in the ‘Person Profile’ section of the JPP.

Please note: Without a supporting statement, your interest will not be progressed. Any supporting documents must be in either PDF or MS Word format.

If you require any reasonable adjustments to the application process before the next selection stage, please contact our Recruitment Team by emailing recruitment@suffolk.gov.uk or calling 03456 014412.  If you are invited to the next stage of selection, you will have another opportunity to request adjustments for the next stages of the process.

Closing date: 11.30 pm, 23 June 2024. 

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts. #LI-Hybrid


As a modern and effective council, we offer a wide variety of careers to suit people with a range of skills, abilities and ambitions. We offer working options that flex to reflect the way people work today and take the time to understand and support your individual needs. We’re driven to make a positive difference to the world around us and encourage everyone with drive and focus to join us and build an influential and impactful career. Reimagine the possibilities.

In return, you’ll enjoy:

  • up to 29 days annual leave entitlement (pro rata), plus UK bank holidays and two paid volunteering days
  • membership of a competitive Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • travel, lifestyle, health and wellbeing benefits
  • performance-related annual pay progression, in addition to an annual cost-of-living pay increase
  • training and encouragement to expand your knowledge
  • a variety of career development opportunities across our organisation
  • diverse and active staff networks
  • flexible working options, with the right to request flexible working from your first day
  • plus more!

If you would like to know more about our benefits, values and equality commitments please visit our Suffolk County Council careers website (careers.Suffolk.gov.uk).

Salary: £32,076

Contract type: Full Time

Closing date: June 23 2024

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