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New NFCC Fire Research Group Seeks Chair

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), a key Home Office delivery partner, have agreed to establish the Academic Collaboration Evaluation Research (ACER) group, which aims to improve the links between academic institutions and the NFCC. The group will include a blend of academic disciplines and appropriate NFCC group representatives.

NFCC is seeking a chair to establish and embed the ACER group, to help achieve the shared interests of researchers and fire services. Expressions of Interest are invited from members of academic institutions and other parties with relevant experience.

The scope and terms of reference of the forum will be agreed between forum members, the Chair, and the NFCC Leads for Organisational Learning and Research, but will include:

  • Driving improvements in the way fire and rescue services work by considering the latest UK and International research
  • Commission academic research to inform improvement in the way fire and rescue services operate.
  • Build links and relationships between fire and rescue services and academia
  • Supporting service improvement by identifying opportunities to collaborate when developing research requirements
  • Help services access funding opportunities for research
  • Assist academic institutions to identify areas of research interest
  • Help academics develop relationships with fire and rescue

Person specification

The Chair will:

  • Understand the challenges facing fire and rescue services
  • Have a passion for intelligence driven decision making based on research
  • Understand the academic landscape
  • Have a proven history of using research to drive change
  • Have experience coordinating the work of multiple stakeholders and identifying opportunities for collaboration
  • Be able to use their network across academic institutions and other related research groups to inform and support discussions in the group

It is an exciting time to get involved in national collaboration and improvement and drive transformational change, to meet the risks and demands of communities and improve firefighter safety.

The Chair would work with the NFCC to get the group established and then be accountable for the work identified by the ACER group and ensure it meets its objectives and delivers the defined outputs. They would need to have a passion and commitment to drive change, giving guidance and strategic direction to this cross-cutting area of work, with an understanding of effective service delivery.

It is proposed that the group will meet quarterly to support the work of the NFCC committees and provide information to the NFCC to champion key issues. The anticipated workload would include chairing four forums and attending meetings of other committees as required The NFCC will support as necessary and provide administrative support.

To apply

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Expressions of interest of no more than five hundred words should be submitted to detailing relevant experience and what you bring to the role.

Closing Date: 21 May 2022