Job Advert - Chief Fire Officer

Salary: circa £149,000

County Durham and Darlington Combined Fire Authority is seeking to appoint an ambitious and forward-thinking individual with evidence of senior level accomplishment to the position of Chief Fire Officer.

The Authority is specifically looking for someone who can ensure the provision of a professional, innovative and effective fire and rescue service in accordance with all statutory and legal duties to ensure the safety and well-being of our local communities. County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service considers itself to be a high performing, innovative organisation that is well regarded by the communities it serves and the partner agencies with which it does business.

The Fire and Rescue Authority is committed to delivering its vision of “Safest People Safest Places”.

CDDFRS faces a period of financial uncertainty which means that the successful candidate will need to have the ability to deliver transformational change working in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders and has a unique opportunity to influence the future of the Service.

In what are challenging times for all public services, we want to stand out from the crowd and ensure that local people continue to receive the best possible services.

Candidates will need to have the ability to balance conflicting demands, the confidence to innovate and be creative and the resilience and character to deal with the pressures that come with the executive role.

This will require excellent leadership, resource management, business planning and decision-making skills.

A supportive leadership and engaging style of management with a commitment to all aspects of diversity will be essential as well as a proven track record of delivering organisational change in a political and unionised environment.

If you can champion original thinking, promote excellence, drive positive and sustainable change, then we would like to hear from you. Candidates must be operating at Principal Officer level and have comprehensive experience of commanding operational incidents. You will need a degree level qualification in an appropriate discipline, or demonstrable intellectual ability.

For informal discussions only, prior to the application deadline, please contact the Chief Fire Officer, Stuart Errington, on 0191 3755555.

To apply

Application packs are available by emailing

The deadline for applications is 17:00 hours on 8 August 2022.

Assessment Centre: 24 August 2022

Final Interview: 6 September 2022