Operations Support Group (OSG) Technician

  • Full Time
  • London

London Fire Brigade

Post: Operations Support Group (OSG) Technician
Salary: £29,007 per annum
Grade: FRS B/C
Salary range: £29,007 – £41,075 per annum
Contract type: Permanent
Working pattern: Full-time
Locations available: Croydon and Barking
Application closing date: Wednesday 31 July 2024 at 16:00 GMT

London Fire Brigade (LFB) is one of the largest firefighting and rescue organisations in the world and the busiest in the country. As an organisation we are committed to delivering our services in ways that best suit the needs of our communities.

We have vacancies for Operations Support Centre (OSG) technicians based at the OSG locations in Croydon and Barking.

Applicants must possess a full UK driving licence, automatic or manual and will be required to undertake a vehicle and driving familiarisation. You will on occasion be asked to work at and deliver equipment to various sites within London.

The starting salary for this position is £29,007, after 12 months the successful candidate’s salary will be uplifted to £34,215, this is subject to the successful completion of the required training courses.

The post holder may have the opportunity to participate in the OSG’s on-call rota for which additional payments will be made. This may include the requirement for training as a Brigade emergency response driver.

It is desirable that applicants have basic mechanical or engineering skills and are confident working with intricate equipment and high pressure systems, are keen to learn and can retain information, are computer literate and are able to work in a team environment but also build good working relationships with staff at various levels. Full training will be given to the successful candidate.

You may be required to work at other OSG locations as and when required.

Vacancy based at the OSG in Croydon

The successful candidate will be part of a team reporting to the managers of the OSG’s technical section. The post will deal primarily with the tracking, tracing, servicing, and maintenance of Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) such as breathing apparatus and breathable air cylinders. It is inclusive but not limited to a variety of other equipment such as electronic personal dosimeters; smoke generators; gas tight suits; hose inflation kits and hydrostatic cylinder testing.

Vacancy based at the OSG in Barking

The successful candidate will be part of a team reporting to the managers of the OSG’s technical section. The post will deal primarily with breathable air cylinders within the Barking charging room facility. However, the successful candidate will be expected to work at the Operations Support Centre based in Pegasus Road, Croydon, CR0 4RN on a rota basis in order to carry out the tracking, tracing, servicing, and maintenance of Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) such as breathing apparatus and is inclusive but not limited to a variety of other equipment such as electronic personal dosimeters; smoke generators; gas tight suits; hose inflation kits and hydrostatic cylinder testing.

Further information about the main duties and responsibilities of the roles are detailed in the job descriptions (see below). If you are unable to see the job descriptions please visit our jobs pages at https://jobs.london-fire.gov.uk/alljobs/ to access the full advert.

Eligibility
Possession of a full, clean UK driving licence. (The successful candidate will be required to take and pass the Brigade’s light driving assessment during their probationary period). There may be a requirement for those aged 21 and over to drive larger OSG vehicles. We will provide training for you to obtain an LGV licence in order for you to perform this part of your role if required.

Assessment Overview
Stage 1

To apply, please complete the online application, upload a copy of your up-to-date CV and provide evidence to address the following selection criteria:

1. Good I.T. skills in order to input and retrieve information, and for the sending of emails.

2. The ability to work alone without any direct supervision and to demonstrate initiative and flexibility in completing daily tasks.

3. The ability to familiarise and become proficient in servicing and maintaining the range of equipment and can display experience of similar technical / mechanical / engineering proficiency and understanding.

4. An understanding of good health and safety practice in a workshop environment together with an understanding of the regulations governing the use of display screen equipment.

Please note that we will evaluate and score the evidence you provide based on the competencies listed in the selection criteria above. The CV is for information purposes only and will not be marked. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to stage 2.

Stage 2

Assessment for this role is due to take place in August 2024. Please be advised that if you are unable to make the scheduled assessment date, we may not be able to make alternative arrangements.

Please note: Should you be shortlisted you may need to be able to conduct an interview over Microsoft Teams (a video conferencing service). You will be asked to provide relevant contact details for that to take place if shortlisted.

Additional Information
We value the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities across London. The London Fire Commissioner is an Equal Opportunities Employer and we positively welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals, irrespective of people’s age, disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. We have guidance in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.

Benefits of working for LFB
• 26 days’ holiday plus bank holidays
• Option Absence Scheme (which can result in an additional 12 days annual leave for staff at this grade)
• Flexible working including job share
• Welfare Scheme
• Use of Brigade Medical Adviser/physios
• Season ticket loans
• Equality Support Groups
• Contributory Pension Scheme
• Cycle to work scheme
• Opportunity to access affordable accommodation

In line with the Basic Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) employment checks will be completed by successful candidates, which will include a Standard criminal records check. Successful candidate will be required to declare any convictions for offences and any offer of employment is subject to the LFC receiving a criminal records disclosure which it considers satisfactory.

To apply for this job please visit jobs.london-fire.gov.uk.