Pioneering scheme encourages applications for Station Manager roles

Station manager extinguishing a fire with a hose

We are one of eight fire services to join a pioneering pilot scheme encouraging applications for Station Manager roles from those without fire service experience.

The direct entry scheme, to be launched by the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) next month, will enable those with proven leadership skills, from a variety of sectors, to apply for Station Manager roles without needing to have had fire service experience or taken the traditional firefighter promotional route.

Successful candidates will receive all the relevant training as part of their new role.

The primary aim of the scheme is to provide a different route to entry into the role from those that can play a valuable part in diversifying senior management in fire and rescue services.

Rob Barber, Chief Fire Officer at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Direct Entry Project Executive, said: “We hope that the scheme will draw new perspectives and experiences from the brightest and best who might not ordinarily have seen a career in the fire and rescue service as being open or attractive to them.

“It is to be both additional and complementary to existing progression routes to ensure we continue to nurture and develop internal fire sector staff.

“Being a Station Manager is a tough job at times, but it is a hugely rewarding one. I am excited to see who puts themselves forward for this fantastic opportunity.

“The response from services wishing to be ‘early adopters’ has been overwhelming and I am confident we will be able to offer a compelling proposition to candidates from across the whole of the UK.”