SENIOR STATION OFFICER
Assistant Area Manager
01 July 2017
Fire and Emergency New Zealand is a Crown Entity established on 1 July 2017 under the Fire and
Emergency Services Act 2017. The role of our new Organisation is to reduce unwanted fires, respond
to structural and vegetation fires and other emergencies including motor vehicle crashes, medical
emergencies, hazardous substance related incidents, natural disasters and support increased
Our new, unified Organisation wil provide a fire and emergency service that delivers for communities, and
the firefighters who serve them, now and in the future.
POSITION CONTEXT AND PURPOSE
The purpose of the Senior Station Officer role is to contribute to reducing the incidence and
consequences of fire by managing a Shift of sixteen (16) persons. Undertaking fire prevention and fire
loss reduction strategies within communities, maintaining a state of response readiness, undertaking
response activities at a wide range of emergency incidents, and post-incident recovery and restoration of
response readiness. As an Officer, the role is also responsible for compliance with command and control
procedures at all incidents, assuming command in single and multi-crew responses, and operating as a
member of incident management teams at larger scale incidents.
SCOPE OF JOB
$0 (Capital Assets - Building, Equipment, Systems)
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES & DELIVERABLES
under the Official Information Act 1982
The job holder is responsible for:
Responsible for ensuring their Shift maintains a state of operational readiness that enables a timely
and effective response to incidents:
Ensures that their crew develop and document a comprehensive understanding of the nature
and risk profile of the response area to enable an effective response.
Contributes to organisational risk awareness through detailed understanding of their
Ensures that operational staff within their command maintain the skil s necessary to perform
Released their operational duties to the required standard.
Ensures the testing and maintenance of all equipment to organisational standards to ensure
it is constantly operationally ready.
Ensures that all shift members are appropriately equipped with PPE and maintains
compliance with PPE standards.
Ensures al shift members understand and maintain a working knowledge of all relevant
statutory obligations and operational procedures to ensure compliance.
Identifies the resources required to respond effectively based on the risk profile and makes
detailed submissions to secure required resources
As officer in charge of a responding crew, and, in many cases, incident controller, directs the activities
of other personnel to ensure safety and effective response:
Direct activities of crew(s) at emergency incidents, including directing individual’s actions in
Responsible for dynamic risk assessment and safe person concept in respect of him/herself
and his/her crew.
Perform functions of the command and control structure of an incident which can include
assuming command, undertaking scene assessment, identifying projected resource needs,
managing multiple crews, structuring incident ground facilities, establishing incident
management teams, selecting, implementing, reviewing and changing response strategy
and tactics, preparing for escalation and hand-over, coordinating size-up.
Leads and tasks individuals with required activities at an emergency incident, and where not
the officer in charge, as directed by the officer in charge. This can include activities such as:
o Fire attack/exposure protection
o Search and rescue
o MVA extrication
o Scene safety
o Isolate, contain, identify, make safe and decontaminate Hazardous Substances
o Patient Care
o General rescue
o Lines rescue
o Natural disaster events
o Medical response and medical assist
Leads and/or contributes to post-incident response actions associated with clean-up, investigation and
restoration of operational readiness:
Leads investigation and responsible for determining initial cause of fire.
Represents Fire and Emergency New Zealand in legal proceedings relating to incidents
Selects tactics to ensure scene preservation to enable fire investigation to be completed.
Monitors and ensures ongoing safety of crew during salvage
Assists in providing advice and support to victims
Directs the clean-up and recovery of the incident site and restore the fire appliance and
equipment to full readiness for the next emergency
Leads operational debriefing to ensure future operational effectiveness, including post-
Takes actions to address firefighter welfare needs.
Represents fire service in required stakeholder engagement including media, police,
ambulance, insurance companies, TLA's, power authorities etc.
Ensures that the recommissioning of equipment post-incident occurs to restore operational
Community Risk Reduction
Establishes, implements and leads crew in executing plans and activities focused on reducing fire risk
Released within the Brigade's response area or wider community:
Plan and implement local annual community risk reduction plan in accordance with Area's
Liaises with fire risk management personnel to ensure all risk reduction activities are planned
and coordinated effectively, and to access specialist advice.
Dealing with public enquiries and providing advice on risk reduction
Manage the delivery of national risk reduction initiatives and programmes at a local level
including Firewise, Home Fire Safety Checks,
Working with at-risk community groups to enhance fire safety knowledge and understanding
Leads and undertakes a range of administrative functions associated with the core roles of response
readiness, incident response, risk reduction and team leadership and management:
Maintains all relevant organisation databases (including the core Station Management
System - SMS) related to core operational, training, risk reduction and station maintenance
and management/supervision activities.
Ensures station supplies are maintained to appropriate levels to support effective running of
brigade and operational response.
Makes effective decisions about asset use in a manner that protects their value, usefulness
Crew Leadership, Management and Supervision
Provides supervision, management and leadership to his or her watch in a manner which maximises
crew effectiveness and performance and ensures all relevant organisational people management
obligations are met:
Manages relationships between paid and volunteer crews to foster close co-operation and
Contributes to inter-watch co-operation and co-ordination to ensure efficient running of
Sets and communicate standards of performance and achievement and ensure an
environment is created where these standards are met.
Ensure all People and Capability policies and procedures are adhered to.
Provide coaching, feedback and support to enable staff to achieve high levels of performance.
Ensure early and successful resolution of disputes, grievances and performance issues.
Ensure resources are allocated to meet work volumes.
Ensures crew members receive training targeted at developing their competence and capability:
Develops and implements a training plan for crew members that ensures they have al the
skil s required to perform effectively
Lead crew training activities.
SAFETY, HEALTH & WELLBEING RESPONSIBILITIES
Fulfils Fire and Emergency NZ Employer obligations in respect of the health and safety of his/her crew
and ensures compliance with al health and safety statutory and policy accountabilities.:
Ensuring knowledge of the Safety, Health & Wel being Policy and abiding by and actively
promote its principles
Ensuring that a safe and healthy working environment is maintained for colleagues and visitors
on site, with particular emphasis on ensuring that all identified hazards are controlled, accidents
and near miss incidents are managed, and employees are trained or supervised
Monitoring the completion of al Safety, Health & Wel being records and documentation for staff
training, accidents, near misses, accident investigation, hazard management and health &
Released safety goals and objectives
Managing the rehabilitation of employees as appropriate, and participating in own
rehabilitation should an injury be sustained
Any other duties consistent with the position as may be required from time to time by the Area
Manager, Assistant Area Manager, or Senior Senior Station Officer
• Other crew and brigade
• Community Groups
• Other officers within Station/Area
• Other Emergency Service Partners
Volunteer brigades within Area
• Other brigades within Area
• Area Management
• Fire Risk Management Officers
• Volunteer Support Officers
• Training Officers
QUALIFICATIONS, ATTRIBUTES AND EXPERIENCE
Suitable candidates will possess the following skil s/attributes:
Successful completion of al Fire and Emergency NZ Career TAPS Programmes up to and
including Senior Station Officer Level, or demonstrated competence to the same level
Sound technical and practical skil s in the management of fire risk
Minimum of 2 years secondary schooling
Qualified Emergency Response Driver
In-depth knowledge of sections of the Fire and Emergency NZ Act, Hazardous Substances and
New Organisms Act, Civil Defence and Emergency Management Act relevant to their delegated
Qualified Pump Operator
Significant knowledge and experience in applying fire suppression techniques
Competent in the use of MS Office suite and other Fire and Emergency NZ IT based systems
and communication tools
Maintains ability to meet prescribed fitness standards and pass regular fitness assessment
Sound interpersonal skil s and a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with diverse
Demonstrated ability to display leadership and direction to teams and individuals in a complex and
Excel ent understanding and knowledge of health and safety legislation and a demonstrated
commitment to best practice health and safety standards in the workplace
Level 5 National Certificate in Fire and Rescue Services (Urban) or equivalent experience
Level 4 National Certificate in Business (First Line Management) or equivalent experience