Chief Fire Officer

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service


  • Location Wellingborough
  • Sector Community Protection
  • Client Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Job Type Permanent
  • Salary/Remuneration In the region of £150,000 to £155,000
  • Reference GSe102041
  • Closing Date Monday 2nd October 2023

With around 500 firefighters and staff serving a county of more than 700,000 people, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service has a big job to do.  We are looking for a new Chief Fire Officer to fill that role.

Through hard work and focus, the Service has come a long way in the last few years and is resilient, stable and ambitious in its vision to ‘Make Northamptonshire Safer’.  This means making sure that we can deliver a fast, effective and high-quality response to a wide range of emergencies; that we have an effective approach to Prevention, which educates and makes people safer; that our Protection service provides advice to a range of stakeholders and has robust enforcement when it is needed.

In a county that is at the heart of the country’s strategic road network, is the site of major new infrastructure to support HS2, is home to some major logistics hubs and significant historic as well as its significant stately homes, this is a significant challenge.

We are proud of how we serve the county and know that there is much to do to meet the challenge of the future, ensuring that we are data driven, technologically enabled and working with partners to support the community.

The Fire Service nationally is under scrutiny more than ever before, and our Chief Officer will need to be an inspirational leader and role model who will live our Code of Ethics, who will capture the best of what we do and inspire our people to be their best: they will help us create a supportive and welcoming culture where our firefighters and staff can be their best. 

To find the right person to lead Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, we are willing to look outside the norm. There are many excellent senior leaders in the Fire sector both in this country and overseas – we know that the right leaders would be open to individuals coming into the sector from other relevant operational settings, to bring diversity, fresh thinking and innovation for the good of the sector as a whole.

We want the best person for Northamptonshire, and so are open minded about the leadership experiences you bring. What matters is that you share the vision of collaboration and dedication to serving the people of this county and can inspire and support our people and build a culture that builds on the pride they have in what they do.

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Further info

If, having read the candidate information pack, you would like additional information, or an informal discussion, please contact Marnie Lodhi on 007795654812 at GatenbySanderson. 


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