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Support Staff

Our support staff are employed in a wide variety of roles. All of which are essential in supporting our services to the community.

If you are interested in a job with us, check the current vacancies section to see if the roles match your skills. Should you require any further information, please contact our Human Resources Team via the contacts page or by following the instructions on the vacancy advert.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and diversity in employment. We welcome applications from all sectors of the community and we aim to recruit a diverse workforce that reflects the people that we serve.

We offer, for all posts, unless otherwise stated:
  • Pension scheme
  • 37 hours per week with a flexible working scheme
  • Open to flexible arrangements such as part time working and job shares
  • Child care vouchers
  • Fixed salary structure

Please note that all appointments are subject to assessment, interview, medical, references and eligibility to work in the UK. Also, new local government employees normally commence at the bottom of the salary scale.

Selection Process

Some key information:

Application

Application forms are only available when vacancies are advertised. On this form you will need to describe your employment history and evidence your knowledge and skills in relation to the person specification. You will need to include two references. CV’s are not accepted.

You can download the necessary application form and the job description/person specification by clicking on the link on the vacancy page.

Alternatively you can request a paper copy of our application form by contacting our HR Operations Team via the contact details on the advert.

Please note that if you have not been invited to attend the Selection Process within ten days of the closing date for applications, you may presume your application has, on this occasion, been unsuccessful. Meanwhile, we thank you for the interest you have shown in Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service

Assessment

Candidates who are successfully short listed will attend a selection process which includes an interview and some or all of the following tests (depending on the role):

Psychometric tests - assess an individual’s skills and abilities including literacy, numeracy, mechanical comprehension etc

Occupational Personality Questionnaire - assess an individual’s typical or preferred way of behaving.

Practical job related tests - assess an individual’s knowledge and skills through, for example, topical presentations, computer based assignments or task observation

Interview

A structured interview is part of all selection processes. It will be conducted by a panel of three Service employees, normally including a line manager and a Human Resources representative. Candidates are asked specific questions to determine their suitability for the role.

Medical and References

Appointment is subject to proof of Nationality, eligibility to work in the United Kingdom, obtaining satisfactory references, including your most recent employer, and completion of a medical questionnaire.

A medical may be conducted by our Occupational Health provider.

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