Senior Officers in Fire, Ambulance, Prison and Related Services

Fire officers plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the activities and resources of a specific physical or functional area of a statutory or private fire brigade/service and the resources necessary for the protection of property at fires within a salvage corps area. Ambulance officers plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the resources necessary for the provision of ambulance services. Prison officers (principal officer and above) plan, organise, direct, and co-ordinate the activities and resources necessary for the running of a prison, remand or detention centre. Customs officers plan and direct the work of customs, excise and immigration staff in the monitoring and inspection of goods and persons crossing national borders.

Wages

New workers
AVERAGE
Experienced
£ 23,876
£ 41,484
£ 98,168

Available jobs

In the past year there were 8,528 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Revenue and customs, excise and immigration officers advise on the interpretation of regulations concerning taxes, duties and immigration requirements and enforce these regulations through monitoring of premises, examining goods entering the country to ensure correct duty is paid and establishing that passengers have the necessary authorisation for crossing national borders.

  • Prison officers interview prisoners on arrival and discharge/departure, receive reports on disciplinary problems and decide on appropriate action, make periodic checks on internal and external security, and provide care and support to prisoners in custody.

  • Ambulance officers plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the activities of ambulance personnel and control room assistants, for the provision of ambulance services for emergency and non-emergency cases.

  • Fire officers plan, direct and co-ordinate an operational plan for one or more fire stations, attend fires and other emergencies to minimise danger to property and people, arrange for the salvaging of goods, immediate temporary repairs and security measures for fire damaged premises as necessary.

  • Advises on the recruitment, training and monitoring of staff.

  • Prepares reports for insurance companies, the Home Office, Scottish Home and Health Department, and other bodies as necessary.

  • Liaises with other senior officials and/or government departments to determine staffing, financial and other short- and long-term needs.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Auditing

  • Loss Prevention

  • Risk Analysis

  • Nursing

  • Risk Management

  • Social Work

  • Agile Methodology

  • Midwifery

  • Finance

  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Management

  • Communications

  • Leadership

  • Customer Service

  • Investigation

  • Operations

  • Planning

  • Innovation

  • Influencing Skills

  • Enthusiasm

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.