Professional Firefighter Officer

Are you a professional fire and rescue officer with solid operational and managerial experience? This opportunity could be your next professional challenge! Come and join an international team of highly qualified firefighters at CERN, the world's largest particle physics laboratory! Take part!

Job Reference: HSE-FB-2017-61-LD
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Professional Firefighter Officer in the Health and Safety Unit, Fire and Rescue Service (FRS).


Within the Health and Safety Unit, the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) provides around-the-clock emergency services including firefighting, accident response and emergency care and rescue. It is involved in various general safety activities, in particular training, drafting operational procedures (forward planning, prevention, means of rescue) and collaboration with the fire and rescue services of the Organization's Host States (France and Switzerland).

The FRS comprises professional firefighters from various CERN Member States and thus constitutes a pool of professional and practical experience from all over Europe.



You will be a member of the FRS and will report directly to the Group Leader's office. As an officer, you will play a dual role -operational and managerial - as follows:


Operational duties (12 hours shift work: days, nights, week-ends):


  • Lead and coordinate the actions of the different components of the group (control room, watch manager, ambulance teams, hazmat teams). Outside of working hours, you will act on behalf of your line management.
  • Manage complex rescue and accident response operations and provide any other services requested by the Director-General.
  • Coordinate the collaboration between FRS and its partners both internally and externally.
  • Ensure the readiness for action of FRS personnel and equipment during shift work.
  • Provide operational sections and other safety services with technical expertise, with a view to the logical, coordinated and rapid implementation of means and methods of responding to threats and incidents of all kinds.
  • Process information relating to operational activities and communicate it to the team of officers and hierarchy.
  • Check, approve and disseminate call-out reports.


Managerial duties:


Depending on the needs of the Organisation, you will:

  • Participate in the operational and administrative management of the group (studies, proposals, decisions, and implementation).
  • Manage a section in one of the following fields: safety control room, watch manager, advanced life support, technological risk.


  • Evaluate, design, implement solutions, establish partnerships in one of the following fields: logistics, training, internal quality insurance, coordination and planning, radiological, chemical and environmental. 
  • Define the objectives of the firefighting teams and ensure that these objectives are achieved.
  • Lead and implement various FRS projects.
  • Prepare for, supervise and take part in CERN's internal and public events.
  • Take part in training exercises in accordance with the FRS training plan and annual training programme.
  • Develop collaborations with the various partners of the FRS and contribute to these partnerships


Qualification required
  • Bachelor in the field of professional fire and rescue management officer qualification, or equivalent, from a public body or a private body acting under the delegation of a public service.
  • University-level technical diploma, or equivalent.
  • Category B driving licence.
  • Rank OF-1 minimum, OF-2 / OF-3 appreciated (based on the NATO system of equivalence).


Experience and competencies

The experience required for this post is:


  • Demonstrated experience in an urban, industrial or other large organised fire service environment.
  • Extensive experience as a professional firefighter including professional experience as an officer, or in a leadership role, in a fire and rescue centre is essential (above watch management).
  • Experience of operational command involving multiple appliances.
  • Experience in the production and practical application of emergency plans.
  • The following would be desirable:
    • Experience of collaborating with other emergency services or local authorities.
    • Demonstrated knowledge in the fields of technological hazards, hazardous materials, fire prevention in buildings, organisational planning, or in other specialist areas relating to safety.
    • Drafting and implementing operational policy and procedures. 


The technical competencies required for this post are:


  • Budgeting, forecasting, statistics.
  • Project management.
  • Application and monitoring of the emergency response procedure (observe, orient, decide, act, check).
  • Firefighting and rescue, first aid, protection of the environment and property.
  • Operations in urban and specialised areas (underground and complex infrastructures), including technological hazards.
  • Physical capabilities appropriate to the post. 


The behavioural competencies required for this post are:


  • Leading with strength and credibility: demonstrating authority and being accountable for actions, decisions and effective functioning of the team.
  • Setting direction: explaining and implementing change in such a way that team members see the benefits for themselves and for CERN; coordinating activities and focusing team on goals and objectives; monitoring progress of team towards agreed goals and taking corrective action when needed.
  • Achieving results: driving work/projects along and seeing them through to their conclusion; having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind.
  • Solving problems: finding the information needed to solve problems; making objective judgments based on all the facts available; identifying, defining and assessing problems, taking action to address them.


The language competencies required are:


  • Proficiency in English or French and good knowledge of the other language, or an undertaking to acquire it rapidly.


Eligibility conditions

Employing a diverse and international workforce is a CERN core value and central to our success. We welcome applications from all Member States irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion or personal situation.


This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 20.04.2017.


By applying here, you allow CERN to consider your application for any position it considers relevant with respect to your profile. Please ensure you update your profile regularly with any relevant information and that you inform the recruitment service if you wish your file to be removed from the database.


Note on Employment Conditions

We offer a limited-duration contract for a period of 5 years. Limited-duration contracts shall terminate by default on their date of expiry. Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.


These functions require:


  • Shift work, including nights, Sundays and public holidays.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and public holidays.
  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • Residence in the immediate vicinity of the Organization's installations.
  • A valid driving licence.
  • Stand-by duty, when required by the needs of the Organization.


The selected candidate will be required to:


  • For Public Sector firefighters: obtain secondment conditions from his/her existing employer for this contractual period.
  • Have a residence situated within a circle of 60 km radius, with its centre at the Organization's installations.
  • The wearing of uniform is compulsory also appropriate protective clothing and equipment, including self-contained breathing apparatus.
  • In addition to CERN Rules and Regulations, all firefighters must comply with Fire service internal rules and regulations.


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Health, Safety & Environment
Career Level
Grade 4 or 5
Number of Posts
Duration: 5 year(s)

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