UK FIRE SERVICE RANKS AND THEIR DUTIES

Fire fighters need a high level of discipline and the operational management of the fire services in UK has a rank structure that represents hierarchy. The ranks are visible on a firefighter’s protective helmet as well as the collars of their firefighting jacket. Below is a list of their ranks and duties that you will want to know.

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  • Firefighter: Firefighter – both the collar and helmet have no markings. They regularly carry their daily task of fire safety work and fire fighting.
  • Leading Firefighter: Crew Manager – helmet has one 12.5mm black band and one vertical line marking on the collar. Usually in charge of a certain crew of a fire appliance to many stations. Carries out regular daily task of fire fighting and fire safety and also takes charge of emergency incidents, which can involve up to 3 pumping appliance.
  • Sub Officer: Watch Manager A – helmet has two 12.5mm black band and two vertical lines markings on the collar. Responsible of the watch of the crew of a fire appliance or fire stations that are smaller. Will attend and command as officer in charge which also involves 3 pumping appliances. Undertakes specialist duties like training or fire safety.
  • Station Officer: Watch Manager B – uses a white helmet with one 12.5mm black band and two octagon shapes with special markings on the collar. Takes charge of an emergency incident involving 6 pumps or will do a specialist task serving as support at a certain incident.
  • Assistant Divisional Officer: Station Manager – uses a white helmet with one 19mm black band and three octagon shapes with special markings on the collar. Manages a fire station or daily tasks in a certain policy area. Takes charge of an emergency incident involving 6 pumps or also do specialist tasks as support in an incident.
  • Divisional Officer: Group Manager – uses a white helmet with one 12.5mm and one 19mm black band and one octagon shape with special design around it on the collar. Manages a group of fire stations and daily tasks in a certain policy area. Takes charge of an emergency incident involving 9 pumps and also do specialist tasks serving as support at an incident.
  • Senior Divisional Officer: Area Manager – uses a white helmet with one 12.5mm and one 19mm black band and one octagon shape with special design around on the collar. Manages an area of fire brigade policy or operations. Takes charge of incidents involving 9 pumps and will also do specialist tasks serving as support.
  • Assistant Chief Fire Officer: Brigade Manager – uses a white helmet with two 19mm black bands and one octagon shape with special design around it along with one smaller octagon shape markings on the collar. Takes charge of incidents involving 10 pumps or more.
  • Deputy Chief Fire Officer: Brigade Manager – uses a white helmet with two 19mm black bands and one octagon shape with special design around it along with a smaller octagon shape and vertical line on the side markings on the collar. Acts as the deputy in the absence of the Chief Fire Officer. Takes charge of incidents involving 10 pumps or more.
  • Chief Fire Officer – uses a white helmet with one 38mm black band and one octagon shape with special design around it along with two smaller octagon shape markings on the collar.