Recruitment - Fire

On-call Firefighter Opportunities

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Could you be an on-call (retained) firefighter

Could you have the time and commitment to help protect your community?  If so, you might be just what we are looking for.

The women and men who work as on-call firefighters provide our retained duty system, an essential part of our emergency service.  They come from every walk of life and include shopkeepers, builders, plumbers, farmers, secretaries, engineers and directors of companies, together with people who are not currently employed.

There is no doubt it is a demanding role, but in return it offers the chance to make a real contribution in this vital service.  You will form close working relationships with the other members of the team, essential when dealing with an emergency, and further enhanced by other aspects of the role such as attending community events or enjoying the active social scene.  You will truly become an ambassador for our Service.

Visit the oncallfire.uk website for further information on how becoming an on call fire fighter can enrich your life.

Previous Experience

You don't need previous experience as we provide a comprehensive training programme.  What is important is that you are enthusiastic and can meet certain essential requirements.  Crucially, you must be able to reach the fire station quickly and safely after being alerted to an incident.  This can be physically demanding and therefore physical fitness is of utmost importance.

To find out more about the medical and fitness requirements for becoming a firefighter, please visit our On-call Firefighter Development web page.

How much commitment would you need to give, and what do you get in return

On average, you could be called out two or three times a week for one hour.  If you can't be available all of the time it's not a problem; we are particularly keen to hear from people who are available during weekdays and weekends.  You will also be required to attend a training session each week.

You will be required to attend a Safe to Ride Course which will be 12 days in duration.  If you are successful in completing this course you will also be required to attend a Breathing Apparatus Course which will be of a similar duration within the subsequent 12 months.

In return you will be well paid and receive thorough training providing you with transferable skills and qualifications for example:  Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) licence, First Aid and trauma care, plus all there is to know about emergency situations. For more details please visit the please visit the oncallfire.uk website.

Get in touch

If you do have the time and you're interested, please let us know by completing our online enquiry form and we will get in touch with you.

For Employers

Are you an employer thinking of releasing a member of your staff to become an on-call firefighter?  To find out more about the benefits for you as an employer, please visit the oncallfire.uk website.