Scottish Government,

Chief Inspector for HM Fire Service Inspectorate in Scotland

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Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh
20 Nov 2020
04 Dec 2020
Contract Type

Chief Inspector for HM Fire Service Inspectorate in Scotland

Scottish Government


Circa £90,000

Applications are invited for the new Chief Inspector for Her Majesty’s Fire Service Inspectorate in Scotland (HMFSI).

The Inspectorate is independent of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and Scottish Government and is responsible for the inspection of the SFRS in Scotland. The Chief Inspector is appointed by Order in Council and is granted a Royal Warrant. 

The Inspectorate provides advice to Ministers and policy support to officials on issues relating to specialist technical knowledge. The inspectorate exists to provide independent, risk-based and proportionate professional inspection of the SFRS. The values of the HMFSI are Integrity, Objectivity and Fairness.

As the Chief Inspector of the SFRS you will have extensive knowledge of fire and rescue matters at a strategic level. A thorough knowledge of legislation and best practice relating to fire and rescue services along with a knowledge of the functioning and effective external scrutiny of public services is essential. 

The Inspectorate, based in Edinburgh, normally comprises a Chief Inspector and four Assistant Inspectors, one Inspection Support Manager, with a two person business support team. The core team may be supported by Fire and Rescue Service secondees and Consultants where necessary.

The role and purpose of the Inspectorate is defined by the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, as amended by the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012. This empowers the Inspectorate to initiate inquiries on its own part or as directed by Scottish Ministers. 

The Chief Inspector is required to prepare and publish a plan setting out priority areas for Inquiry by the Inspectors and how such inquiries will be carried out. Inquiries can relate to the state and efficiency of the SFRS; whether the SFRS is complying with its duty to secure best value and the manner in which the SFRS is carrying out its functions.

This is a fixed term appointment (3 years) and pensionable Senior Civil Service (SCS1) appointment.

Relocation expenses may be available.

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The closing date for applications is 6 December.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people and aim to employ a diverse workforce, which reflects the people of Scotland.