Expressions of interest are invited from strategic officers or equivalent to take the role of Chair for the Operational Guidance Forum (OGF).

It is hoped that the incoming Chair will be able to attend the next OGF meeting in June 2024, for a formal handover from the outgoing Chair, Rachel Wetheridge, who is standing down from the role. The OGF Chair may hold the position for up to 24 months.

The role of the OGF is to represent the views of each UK fire and rescue service on Operational Guidance and supporting products. The forum is comprised of regional and deputy regional representatives, who have been appointed by their UK fire and rescue service region. The forum aims to improve the voice of operational policy development and maintenance teams.

Members of the OGF are responsible for:

  • The ongoing review of Operational Guidance and related products
  • Recommending for approval, revised or new products, including guidance, training specifications and knowledge base content
  • The sharing of local doctrine and good practice for inclusion in Operational Guidance products
  • Co-ordinating collaboration between services in the development of common operational policies and procedures
  • Consultation on changes to the structure and function of Operational Guidance products

The OGF Chair will:

  • Support co-ordination of the agenda, information packages and papers in a timely fashion
  • Chair quarterly OGF meetings to support the Operational Guidance governance cycle
  • Represent the OGF at meetings, including:
    • NFCC Operational Preparedness, Response and Resilience Committee
    • NFCC Guidance and Learning Scrutiny Panel
  • Consider appointing a Vice-chair to act on their behalf when required

The Operational Response and Fire Control Hub will support the Chair by providing secretariat and administrative resources.

The Chair needs to have a passion and commitment to drive change, giving guidance and strategic direction to the implementation of Operational Guidance, with an understanding of the needs of fire and rescue services.

For further information please feel free to contact Kerry Blair or Rachel Wetheridge. Expressions of interest, of no more than 500 words, should be submitted to detailing relevant experience and what you could bring to the role, using this form.

The closing date is 5 June 2024.