Watch Commander - Technical Rescue & USAR (Internal only)

Location: Cleckheaton Fire Station

Contract Type: Full-time, Permanent

Closing Date: 23 January 2022

Salary: Watch Commander

Specific Hours: 42 hours per week

Watch Commander - Technical Rescue & USAR (Internal only)

Due to future movements from station, applications are invited from Wholetime Watch Commanders (WC) for the post of Watch Commander - Technical Rescue (TR) and Urban Search and Rescue (USAR).

In addition to the role of a Watch Commander in WYFRS, the TR/USAR specialism offers a demanding and rewarding role requiring the highest of standards and commitment, TR/USAR staff are required to work the Day Crewing (DC) Specialist duty system. This follows the standard 224 duty system for positive hours and the standard 224 work routine rules still apply. However, in addition staff members operating this duty system are also required to be ‘on call’, from home or other suitable location, and provide standby cover for Urban Search and Rescue (USAR). Applicants must be available to attend the Strategic Training Facility (STF) at Fire Service Headquarters (FSHQ) within 45 minutes of receiving an incident call alert.


Upon qualification to the TR/USAR role candidates will receive additional payments as indicated in the Day Crewing Specialist Policy.


All operational personnel who apply for the above role are not required to have any specialist skills above and beyond those of somebody competent in their current role, as training will be provided to the successful applicants.


Those eligible to apply must:


  • Been identified as performing well in their current role as part their Annual Review (AR) with a supporting statement from their Line Manager (within the talent matrix of the AR)
  • Be eligible for a Watch Commander position within WYFRS
  • Have no current disciplinary awards
  • Reside within a 45 minute travel time of BD11 2DY.
  • have a full driving licence

The selection process will comprise of:

  • Stage 1 – Review PDR
  • Stage 2 - Application Form
  • Stage 3 - Presentation & Interview


Application Form

Applicants must complete and submit an online application form using the e-recruitment system which will require them to detail how they meet the essential criteria for the role. To apply, please visit


Following the closing date, submitted application forms will be forwarded to the Shortlisting Panel for consideration. In order to be shortlisted for the post you will need to demonstrate your ability to meet the requirements of the job by giving clear, concise examples of how you meet each of the following person specification criteria on your application form.

You will only be shortlisted from the details in the application form if you meet all Essential criteria. Please see attached guidance notes.

Any incomplete applications received or applications received after the deadline date will be discounted.

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  • Midnight Sunday 23rd January 2022 - Closing date for applications
  • Week Commencing 24th January 2022 - Sifting of applications
  • Week commencing 31st January 2022 - Presentation & Interview around the job specification attached to the advert


For an informal discussion regarding these roles, please contact:

ADC Sam Moxon; 07552283517 Email:

All correspondence will be sent to the email account registered with the online recruitment system.

Please check the registered email account regularly and ensure you have read the guidance notes regarding completion of the application form.


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All correspondence will usually be sent to your email account registered with the online recruitment system rather than by letter. Please check your email account regularly.

If after reading all of this information, you are interested in applying, please read the documents listed above for more details and click on 'Apply' for the application form.

Please note we do not accept CVs. If you are viewing this vacancy on ‘jobsindeed’ or other external platform, the only way to apply for this vacancy is to visit and complete the application form via our online Access vacancy system.

We are an equal opportunities employer; we value and celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion. We particularly welcome candidates from communities that are currently under-represented at WYFRS, including women, Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic applicants and applicants with disabilities. We can offer support and adjustments for candidates and staff who experience barriers to work that result from health conditions or Specific Learning Differences, such as dyslexia.

WYFRS is a ‘Real Living Wage’ employer and have been rated ‘good’ by HMICFRS in all areas of our service.

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