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  • Ref no: SFRS01376
  • Published: 7/11/19
  • Closes: 24/11/19
  • Location: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters, Westburn Drive, Cambuslang, G72 7NA
  • Salary: £133,725.00
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 42 hours per week

An exciting and challenging opportunity exists to form part of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) as an Assistant Chief Officer (ACO).   


Applicants must be able to evidence achievement and leadership at a strategic level within a public Fire and Rescue Service and show a clear understanding of the challenges facing SFRS as we continue the development of our transformation journey.


Reporting to the Deputy Chief Officer, you will be responsible for the safe and effective delivery of Fire and Rescue Services to the communities of Scotland. The role will require you to work collaboratively with Scottish Government, the SFRS Board, SLT colleagues and other key national and local stakeholders to formulate strategy, policy, guidance and procedures.


We are looking for a leader who puts service over self, who can be steadfast in crises and failures, who wants to stay present and make a difference to the people, situations and causes that face the communities of Scotland so that we can contribute to making Scotland a more successful country with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish.  You will have the experience, skills and aptitude to lead, direct and manage SFRS operations ensuring we continue to provide efficient, flexible services of the highest standard whilst making a positive difference to the outcomes of Community and Firefighter safety. 


At a time of ongoing change in public services and a challenging financial environment, you will play a strategic role in transforming the SFRS; leading by example and demonstrating our values of safety, teamwork, respect and innovation.


All ACO roles within SFRS are inter-changeable and designated work functions continue to be subject to the exigencies of the SFRS.


You will provide an operational emergency response as part of the Principal Officer group (Gold Command) including a national response on a locally agreed continuous duty system.  You may be required to attend incidents as the Incident Commander based on the requirements of the SFRS Incident Command System or as SFRS Gold Commander at Multi-Agency Gold level briefings or meetings at any location throughout Scotland.


Applicants must currently be serving as a competent and substantive Area Commander or above. Applicants are also required to evidence academic achievement at SCQF Level 11 e.g. a relevant Master’s degree in a relevant professional discipline, or demonstrable experiential equivalency.


The provision of Incident Command leadership is essential and applicants must currently operate at Incident Command level 3 or equivalent for external applicants.  Applicants must also hold a full, valid and current driving licence. 

The successful candidate will be based at SFRS Headquarters in Cambuslang and must be able to travel extensively across Scotland on a regular basis and the wider UK when required. This post aligns to the Brigade Manager Role Map and the NJC Scheme of Conditions of Service (Gold Book). 




To arrange an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Leanne Watson, Business Support Executive to Chief Officer Martin Blunden, by email to


Full details of the role and the selection process can be found in the recruitment information pack. To apply, please complete our online application and upload your CV.


The selection process will include a shortlisting exercise, psychometric assessments and a Selection Centre consisting of an incident command assessment, a leadership discussion and formal interview. Successful applicants will be subject to security vetting at Security Checked (SC) level prior to appointment. Applicants who have successfully undertaken an SFRS Principal Officer Selection Process incident command assessment in the last 12 months will not be required to re-sit this assessment.


The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is an Equal Opportunities employer and encourage applications from all sectors of the community. In addition, we are committed to being a “Disability Confident Employer” and will ensure that all applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role are invited for interview.


If you would like to apply in a different format, please telephone Workforce Planning and Resourcing Team on 01698 402342 or email


Closing date: 24 November 2019

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