The British Fire Service is currently following a modernisation agenda, part of which is a move away from the traditional rank based structure, to one which is more aligned to the role which a person actually carries out.
In Shropshire we are in a transitional period where we are in the process of moving away from a rank to role structure, it is therefore quite common for both sets of terminology to be used interchangeably. Slowly as time progresses the "old" rank structure will disappear.
The table below shows the ranks and what roles (rank to role pending) they equate to for uniformed and control personnel. Also included in the tables are abbreviations that are commonly used for the various rank/roles.
|Leading Firefighter||Crew Manager||CM|
|Sub Officer||Watch Manager||WM|
|Station Officer||Station Manager||StnM|
|Assistant Divisional Officer||Group Manager||GM|
|Divisional Officer||Area Manager||AM|
|Assistant Chief Officer||Brigade Manager||ACO|
|Assistant Chief Fire Officer||Brigade Manager||ACFO|
|Deputy Chief Fire Officer||Brigade Manager||DCFO|
|Chief Fire Officer||Brigade Manager||CFO|
|Fire Control Operator||Firefighter (Control)||Ff (Con)|
|Leading Fire Control Operator||Crew Manager (Control)||CM (Con)|
|Senior Fire Control operator||Watch Manager (Control)||WM (Con)|
|Fire Control Manager||Station Manager (Control)||SM (Con)|