Crew Manager Rank Markings

Progression and Promotion

By Sarah Collins

The role of a Firefighter is a career of choice offering a wide variety of experiences and responsibilities, with no two days the same and the promotion process based on your drive and areas of interest.

There are endless opportunities to expand your skills, specialise in certain areas of fire and rescue, and to progress along your career pathway.

When you embark on the career of a Firefighter, your initial training is for 12 weeks at Severn Park Training School, with a starting salary of £23,366, increasing to £24,399 after competition of this 12-week course.

Your learning and development does not stop there though. After training school, you will be within your ‘probation period’ in which you will continue to develop by learning new skills and continuing to develop. 

During this period, you will be required to maintain your skills and competencies and evidence this within a portfolio.

The journey to becoming a Competent Firefighter takes around two years. But by demonstrating commitment and dedication to achieve high standards, your salary will rise to £31,144.

At Avon Fire and Rescue Service though, we encourage all staff to regularly consider their own development and career path, which can lead all the way up to the role of Chief Fire Officer on £140,000.

The Service is committed to employing, developing and promoting diversely talented people.

There is a clear career pathway, which includes progression to:

  • Crew Manager (£33,101 to £34,528)
  • Watch Manager A (£35,275 to £36,255)
  • Watch Manager B (£38,611)
  • Station Manager (£40,161 to £44,297)
  • Group Manager £46,254 to £51,275)
  • Area Manager (£54,303 to £59,565)
  • Assistant Chief Fire Officer (£110,000)
  • Chief Fire Officer (£140,000)


All of the above roles come with their own responsibilities, development, challenges and aims for the Service.

For instance, a Crew Manager will be responsible for supervising part of the watch and assisting in the management of incidents, while Group Managers are responsible for managing certain areas of AF&RS such as Service Delivery or Prevention and Protection.

Each promotion comes with its own process, such as professional discussions with your line manager, technical tests, interviews and available talent pools.

These promotions also don’t have to sit operationally. As you and your career develops, you can undertake promotions in departments such as Risk Reduction, Technical Fire Safety, Risk Intelligence, Learning and Development and more.

The opportunities are endless.