Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SF&RS) provide an emergency service that looks after approximately 1.18 million people spread across approximately 1,676 square kilometres in a county that includes several large urban areas such as Guildford, Redhill and Woking. Surrey has also been found to have the highest concentration of trees in the UK. There are 103 kilometres of motorway, two major airports nearby and there are more than 1,000 sites identified as posing high risk throughout the county.
Surrey's firefighters are trained to deal with a range of emergency situations, not just fires and road traffic collisions. These activities include working with other agencies to respond to widespread flooding and other water rescue incidents or dealing with emergencies that may involve hazardous materials.
The Engineering Department within SF&RS work on a wide variety of vehicles, from the front line appliances to boats and everything in between, as well as a lot of specialist vehicles. This means that no two days are the same; you could be working on an appliance one day and the Jaws of Life the next. The day to day work is the servicing and repairs of our fleet which is approximately 200 vehicles and 18,000 pieces of equipment which is done at our workshop in Reigate.
As a LGV Engineering Technician you will be working in an exciting key role as part of a developing team of support staff to the frontline crews. You will be expected to carry out repairs and maintenance work to laid down standards, sometimes without direct supervision but will be an active team member to ensure that this requirement is met at all times. This will be over a 36 hour week, 4 days a week, Monday to Friday shifts of 07:30-17:00.
There is also a need for Technicians to be mobile to carry out safety inspections as well as repairs across the county. Because the nature of the work isn't just servicing and repairs (we also do a lot of manufacturing and modifications) engineering skills are also preferable. There may also be the opportunity in the future to become part of a small team of on-call breakdown mechanics. They share a 4 week rota to support our entire fleet which can be challenging when there are major incidents. This is paid as overtime with a retainer.
Your main duties in the role of a LGV Engineering Technician will include (but not be limited to):
- Servicing, maintaining and repairing of all operational vehicles, ladders, cutting equipment and all specialist fire service equipment as specified by its manufacturer, VOSA and CFOA. This includes appliances, hydraulic platforms, Unimogs, Land Rovers, water carriers, boats and all associated equipment
- Ensure SF&RS can operate a safe, legal and reliable fleet of vehicles and equipment 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- Ensure all maintenance and other records and associated paperwork is completed in good time, legibly and accurately in conjunction with the Administrative Support team
To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:
- Educated to GCSE standard in English and Mathematics or equivalent
- City and Guilds HGV Motor Vehicle Mechanics or equivalent IMI Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair – Heavy Vehicle
- Minimum Category B driving license
- An ability to problem solve engineering solutions
- Welding and engineering skills preferable
- Flexibility to work out on the road independently
- Willing to undertake training for working on specialist vehicles/equipment
For more information please find attached to the bottom of this advert a full job profile.
Currently as part of the ITF project the workshop is set to be relocated to Crawley Down in the coming years. Any applicant will need to take this into consideration when applying for the role.
For an informal discussion please contact Michael Prain on 07968834527 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to receiving your application.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 15th March 2021 with interviews to follow.
You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
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