Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

Managing our talent

Talent management is the systematic attraction, identification, development, engagement, retention and deployment of individuals who are of value to an organisation, either in view of their ‘high potential’ for the future or because they are fulfilling business/operation-critical roles.

Talent consists of those individuals who can make a difference to organisational performance either through their immediate contribution, by developing their strengths or, in the longer-term, by demonstrating the highest levels of potential.

– Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, 2015

Talent management strategy

Over the next five years we will develop and implement a Talent Management Strategy, enabling us to:

Analyse service requirements

It is important that there are no critical skill gaps and we maintain optimal resilience across the Service. It is also important that we are well-equipped to identify those who have the desire and ability to take on various new skills and responsibilities needed to take us forward and then develop and prepare these people for the future.

It is our ethos to develop people from within the Service wherever we can, because we believe that many of the best people to improve the Service already work here.

Performance appraisals
Robust development centres
Develop acceleration programmes
Cross mentoring
Menu driven learning
Enhance staff skills
Evaluation of learning

Our latest talent management updates

SAFE awards 2017

By People Admin | 22nd September 2017
Congratulations to all winners and nominees at BFRS’s 2017 awards evening, which took place on Friday evening (22 September) at The Oculus in Aylesbury. Many were there to collect their awards in person. Fire Brigade Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (20…

2017 Service Awards For Excellence (SAFE) launched

By Rachel Neil | 22nd May 2017
Every year Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service presents Service Awards for Excellence (SAFE Awards).   Staff, along with the communities of Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, have the opportunity to nominate firefighters, staff members, stations, departments or initiatives for recognition which have…
work experience group fully dressed in water kit

Work experience placement pays Beaconsfield White watch a visit.

By Paul Casey | 12th May 2017
White Watch Beaconsfield led by Crew Commander Andrew Holtzhausen, showed a new work experience placement student (Ashley), the water rescue unit. The duty crew talked through the water rescue equipment, procedures and gave Ashley a practical demonstration of its capabilities which Ashley thoroughly enjoyed. This…

Operational collaboration training

By People Admin | 10th May 2017
  The 2016 -17 cycle of operational validation exercises has now been completed with approximately 250 members of staff undertaking breathing apparatus and incident command assessments. Utilising the fantastic facilities at the Fire Service College our operational training department In…

New operational training model and the Fire Service College

By People Admin | 6th December 2016
The revised operational training model is a new initiative that has removed the need for a large, centralised training team, (with a sheep dip approach towards training) and replaced it with a model that provides support to first-line managers on…

HEAT and training design team

By People Admin | 6th December 2016
HEAT (Hub of Education and Training) We have enjoyed the benefit of blending an understanding of fire service operations with modern web design by utilising the graphic, marketing, and IT skills of one particular operational employee. By simply harnessing the…

Learning outside the classroom award

By People Admin | 5th December 2016
Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service has shown itself to be at the top of the class for educational visits by being awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC). Our Community Safety…

Chairmans award 2016

By People Admin | 2nd December 2016
Terry has given outstanding service to our communities since the early seventies, in numerous operational roles across the county, before retiring a couple of years ago from his operational career as Group Commander to continue in a non-operational role, supporting…

UKRO Rescue Challenge 2016

By People Admin | 2nd December 2016
From 8th – 10th September, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service hosted the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) 2016 Rescue Challenge. The UKRO Rescue Challenge is an annual UK-wide event where more than 50 teams of professional firefighters from fire and rescue services across the…