Employment Type
Full-time, Part-time
Job Location
West Midlands Fire Service, Birmingham, West Midlands, B7 4HW
Base Salary
£36,980 Per year
Closing date
26th January 2021
Position title
Fire Safety Inspecting Officers (Watch Manager A)

We have several opportunities for high performing Grey Book employees to join our Protection Team as Fire Safety Inspecting Officers (Watch Manager A).

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) continues to develop innovative and effective Protection activities to meet changing risks in the community and built environment and to ensure it has a robust, evidence based Integrated Risk Management Plan.

We are seeking self-motivated and committed individuals who demonstrate strong leadership skills with the ability to manage change in a fast paced and professional environment. Digital leadership is essential to ensure that the Protection team continues to evolve to be inclusive and effective to deliver WMFS Protection Strategy in ‘Our Plan’.

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We are seeking self-motivated and committed individuals who demonstrate strong leadership skills with the ability to manage change in a fast paced and professional environment. Digital leadership is essential to ensure that the Protection team continues to evolve to be inclusive and effective to deliver WMFS Protection Strategy in ‘Our Plan’.

The support and development of all staff is a priority, we are seeking someone who is passionate about the development of others with a commitment to identifying talent and their own personal development. If you have the drive and aspiration to support the delivery of national priorities and develop, deliver and shape how WMFS meets Protection challenges locally we welcome your application.

Individuals will need to demonstrate that you are forward-thinking individual, who promotes a positive and inclusive team environment, enabling others to maximise their full potential.

Your role will be to ensure that WMFS legislative requirements are met under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, deliver Protection priorities, and support businesses through Better Regulation.


You will need to be flexible and adaptable, responding to emerging opportunities in line with the strategic objectives of the organisation. Remaining calm in high pressure situations is an essential skill along with making sound decisions based on complex information, evidence, guidance, and legislation.

The successful applicants will also need to have excellent verbal and written communication skills and a proven track record of effectively working with others, demonstrating personal accountability and commitment to excellence.
We have opportunities in our Training Team, Technical Teams, and in Command Delivery.

Applications are open to competent Crew and Watch Commanders (A) who have passed a recognised process, been deemed competent in role and who have been identified by their Station Commander or Section head, as eligible to apply, in line with the Watch Commander Progression Model. Suitable applicants will have identified career progression through their IPDR and be able to evidence working towards the Watch Commander role through suitable live development plans.

All applicants will be expected to maintain the WM7 elements of the role to support the West Midlands Fire Service’s service delivery model by providing 22 resilience shifts (operational cover) per year.

The successful applicants will be supported and mentored throughout their development in Fire Safety, however it is essential that you have: -
A Level 4 Diploma in Fire Safety (or equivalent). Consideration will be given for those who are developing towards the Level 4 Diploma or have relevant transferable skills.
Driving Licence and access to a vehicle.

All Grey book applicants will need to demonstrate competence against the WM7 elements of the role to provide 22 resilience shifts (operational cover) per year.
You will be required to show evidence of qualifications.

WMFS are an inclusive employer and proud to be in the Top 50 Inclusive Employers list ranking number 6 for 2020/21. In recognition of this we welcome expressions of interest from all sectors of the community but are particularly keen to hear from underrepresented groups who would further diversify and help us better represent the communities we serve. We welcome applicants from all eligible candidates, however as women, black and minority ethnic (BAME) and LGBT+ employees or any other underrepresented groups in our management roles, we particularly encourage applications from these groups.

The remuneration package comprises of :

• a competitive salary
• essential mileage scheme (up to £104 per month and up to £0.45 per mile travelled) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rates-and-allowances-travel-mileage-and-fuel-allowances/travel-mileage-and-fuel-rates-and-allowances
• annual leave entitlement rising subject to length of service
• occupational health services and support including employee assistance programmes.
• training and development opportunities including pathways to achieve the Level 5 Diploma (Fire Engineering Design)
• opportunities to undertake a Fire Engineering Degree
• opportunities to undertake a Leadership and Management foundation degree or full degree (BA Hons)
• development opportunities for progression
• laptop, mobile phone and uniform provided.
• cycle to work scheme
• flexible working
• options to join sports and welfare groups with discounted retail promotions



Job Benefits
  • Friendly working environment
  • Occupational Health and Welfare facility
  • Occupational Pension Scheme
  • On-site gym (at Headquarters)
  • Catering facilities with hot and cold food (at Headquarters)

For more details contact

Protection Manager Saty Nar 07973 810 861 and Station Commander Andy Miller 07973 810849 or email recruitment@wmfs.net.

Please note the appointment is subject to successful pre employment screening i.e. asylum and immigration check, references, medical screening, substance misuse testing and Disclosure Scotland Criminal Records Check or Enhanced DBS check (formerly CRB) if applicable.

Please download the following 2 application forms. Use the Supervisory BARS also below to assist your completion of Part 2 of your application.

Once complete, you can submit your completed application form (parts 1 and 2) and personal details by clicking the 'Apply Now' button.

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