Hydrant Manager

Based at:            Nova Way, Avonmouth

Contract:            Permanent

Hours:                 37 hours per week

Salary:                 Hay 8 (£26,446 - £29,174 per annum)

Closing date:     Noon on Wednesday 17th August 2022

 

 

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Avon Fire & Rescue Service as a Hydrant Manager as part of our Technical Services Team. We’re looking for someone to provide Hydrant Management for Avon Fire & Rescue Service’s Water function.

 

The Hydrant Manager will be responsible for managing the Service’s Water function, with the overall aim of ensuring sufficient provision of water across the entire Service area for operational purposes. You will have line management responsibility for Hydrant Inspectors, which involves allocation and prioritising work to ensure the best use if resources, covering new installations, routine inspections and generating repair requests for defective fire hydrants.

 

The successful post holder will be responsible for audits of existing hydrants in order that their locations and condition can be accurately recorded, and resource implications readily identified. Ensuring regular quality audits are undertaken by the Hydrant Inspecting Team so quality standards can be assessed and maintained and any potential problems can be identified and rectified.

 

To be considered for this position, you will need experience of risk assessments and a understanding of the legalities surrounding compliance. You will need experience or basic understanding of building developments and planning processes in respect of water provision.

 

It is also essential that you have previous supervisory experience, including line-managerial responsibilities and conflict resolution. You must also have experience of collaborating with external organisation and stakeholders to represent the best interests of the organisation and to help ensure appropriate decision making.

 

In return, we will offer you 25 days annual holiday (plus public holidays), enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme, and access to our Cycle to Work scheme.

 

To see the full duties of the role and candidate criteria required please see the job description provided.

 

How to apply:

 

The job description and application is available to download on our website https://www.yesyoucan.careers/. Once you have read the job description please complete the application form telling us how you meet the requirements of the role - tell us how your skills, qualifications and experience match those required for this role, and provide examples wherever you can. The information you give us will assist us in our shortlisting process.

 

Completed applications must be submitted to Human Resources, Avon Fire & Rescue Service, Police & Fire Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road, Portishead, Bristol BS20 8JJ by the closing date and time. Alternatively, you can email your application to recruitment@avonfire.gov.uk. Late applications will not be accepted. 

 

Please quote job reference number 3854 [JD number] on any communications. Thank you.

Job description

 
 

 

 

 

 

 
JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE:  Technical Services Hydrant Manager, Nova Way Technical Centre

DIRECTORATE:    Finance & Asset Management

UNIT:                    Fleet Services

POST NO:     3854

GRADE:               H8

     

 

 

1.         JOB PURPOSE

 

    1. Under the overall direction of the Technical Services Manager at Nova Way, to provide Hydrant Management for AF&RS’s Water function.

 

2.         BACKGROUND

 

    1. Avon Fire & Rescue (AF&RS) serves the Unitary Authority areas of Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, with fire stations and office locations in each area.  It is a Combined Fire Authority, consisting of Members drawn from the above four authorities.  Our Headquarters is based in Portishead, with Area Offices in Bristol, Bath, Weston-super-Mare, Yate and Lansdown. 

 

2.2       This post is within the Technical Services Department (Service Delivery Support Directorate).  The Directorate is responsible for providing specialist support to the Service to enable it to achieve its corporate objectives, targets and service requirements.  The

           Technical Centre is situated at Nova Way, Avonmouth. 

 

 

3.         MAIN DUTIES

 

3.1       Responsible for managing the Service’s Water function, with the overall aim of ensuring sufficient provision of water across the entire Service area for operational purposes.

 

3.2       Line manage Hydrant Inspectors, which involves allocating and prioritising work to ensure the best use of resources, covering new installations, routine inspections and generating repair requests for defective fire hydrants. Develop and monitor key performance indicators. Monitor the completion of work and outstanding requests, prioritising tasks as necessary.  Conduct training, PDRs and other line management responsibilities. 

 

3.3       Develop and maintain ongoing liaison with Water Companies and collaborate effectively with other stakeholders to ensure Fire Service and associated legislative requirements are factored into the design and planning of housing and other developments.  This includes attending meetings, providing relevant information and influencing relevant organisations to ensure appropriate decision making within agreed parameters. 

 

3.4       Design and provide hydrant installation requirements to Water Companies to ensure sufficient mains water coverage, flow and pressure, with a minimum of 8lps.  This includes new mains and mains renewals.  Influence decision making through the explanation of risks and potential implications to ensure plans are suitable and provide operational assurance. 

 

3.5       Collaborate with Unitary Authorities to gather information and represent AF&RS within meetings with planning departments to ensure statutory requirements are appropriately reflected within plans. 

 

3.6       Manage the requirements under the Fire Services Act Section 106 agreement: by making sure online plans are checked for new developments. The criteria for this is: where the development is for 10 or more dwellings or in excess of 1,000m² of commercial floor space and/or where the development will be erected more than 100m from the nearest existing fire hydrant.  Take appropriate action as required to ensure compliance.  Request funding by liaising with Councils and developers and ensure monies are requested, recorded, audited and accrued as per financial regulations (in collaboration with AF&RS Finance colleagues).

 

3.7       Manage and monitor the Community Infrastructure Levy by checking online designs/plans for new developments.  Request funding by liaising with Councils and developers and ensure monies are requested, recorded, audited and accrued as per financial regulations (in collaboration with AF&RS Finance colleagues).

 

3.8       Plot new installations on GIS and input information on DIS with the aid of Water companies mapping.

 

3.9       Ensure a comprehensive spreadsheet is accurately maintained detailing information regarding defects, schemes, mains renewals, self-lays, new developments to enable appropriate management and decision making.  

 

3.10     Responsible for audits of existing hydrants in order that their locations and condition can be accurately recorded and resource implications readily identified. Ensure regular quality audits are undertaken by the Hydrant Inspecting Team so quality standards can be assessed and maintained and any potential problems can be identified and rectified.

 

3.11     Support the Budget holder by recording and monitoring the water budget, ensuring work orders and invoices are processed promptly and accurately. Provide monthly returns to aid budget forecasts and planning.

 

3.12     Update and manage the IMASS/Hydrant Mapping Management System, ensuring the Hydrant Management System provides accurate information on the provision of water supplies. Liaise with Airbus (IMASS/Hydra provider) with any issues.

 

3.13     Set up and monitor KPI’s and LPI’s for Hydrant Technicians to show targets are being reached.

 

3.14     Other tasks include organising and chairing quarterly hydrant meetings, monitoring the contract for the collection of contaminated waste including Sharps boxes and dealing with enquiries from members of the public and private companies regarding fire hydrants.  This involves ensuring appropriate information is provided to ensure public interest and reassurance on all aspects associated with the provision of water for operational capabilities. 

 

            Secondary Duties

 

3.15     Assist the Technical Services Manager and their staff by undertaking basic research to obtain relevant information and performance data. Compile/collate data and provide basic statistical information and summaries, liaising with staff in other Sections/Directorates and outside the Service as necessary.

 

3.16     Update and maintain records within the Unit and other Technical Services functions as required and provide information and support to the various users.

                                                                                                                    

3.17     Produce and present accurate correspondence, tabulations, charts, basic graphs, technical specifications and other documents from draft copy and in order of priority, as determined by the Technical Services Manager. 

 

    1. Update the Intranet site, as required, for Technical Services and Hydrants.

 

4          General

4.1       As an employee of AF&RS, we require all staff to promote equality and diversity:

You must:

    • ensure that, both in your dealings with other employees and with members of the public, you comply with all aspects of the Service’s Equality Policy and legislation that outlaws discrimination
    • treat members of the public and other AF&RS staff  with  respect and dignity at all times
    • take action on witnessing an act that could be considered discrimination or harassment, challenging it and/or raising with managers.

 

4.2       Ensure you maintain an awareness of Health and Safety Regulations in relation to duties and tasks being undertaken and report any situations or incidents which could be considered hazardous.  All employees have a responsibility for their own safety and must not endanger that of colleagues/visitors in the workplace or the public.

 

4.3 Ensure that you perform all duties in accordance with the principles and requirements of Data Protection legislation.

 

4.4 Carry out such other duties as may reasonably be required in relation to a post of this nature, without prejudice to the right to seek a re-evaluation of the post. This Job Description contains only the main accountabilities relating to the post and does not describe in detail all the duties required to carry them out.

 

5.         SUPERVISION

 

    1. This role reports to the Technical Services Manager who will determine overall strategic priorities and monitor performance and quality standards.

 

    1. This post directly line manages the Hydrant Technicians, prioritising and monitoring completion of work to ensure the best use of resources.

 

6.         QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

 

                Essential

  • Experience within a role where basic legal knowledge and risk assessment were required to ensure compliance for the organisation
  • Experience or basic understanding of building developments and planning processes in respect of water provision
  • Previous supervisory experience, including line-managerial responsibilities and conflict resolution
  • Experience of collaborating with external organisations and stakeholders to represent the best interests of the organisation and to help ensure appropriate decision making
  • IT literate with experience of developing and maintaining systems, databases and spreadsheets
  • experience of collecting, collating and presenting information and basic statistics in various formats
  • good organisational skills with the ability to prioritise risk critical work and set appropriate workloads for the team
  • previous experience of using map based software products like Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • able to communicate effectively at all levels, orally and in writing, with a good telephone manner
  • able to work under pressure, using own initiative, combined with an efficient, methodical approach

            Advantageous

  • previous experience in a technical environment and/or experience of laying out technical documents in a straight forward format

 

 

7.         NOTES

 

    1. Although your post is based at a specific location, there may be times when in the interests of the efficiency of the Service, you are required to work from a different workbase, for which appropriate allowances will be made available.

 

 

 For the use of the Human Resources Unit only:

 

 Date approved:     8 April 2019

 

 Date effective:     

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