Retained (ON-CALL) FireFighters

The job


As an on-call firefighter you can play a vital role in your local community while continuing with your primary employment and career. It is a highly worthwhile way to use your available spare time. In doing so you will be paid, meet new colleagues, develop new friendships and acquire a range of new skills.

Most on-call firefighters are based in rural areas and will crew one or two appliances at a solely on-call fire station. However, some are based in urban areas on stations alongside wholetime crews. Some on-call firefighters also crew special appliances such as hydraulic platforms, water carriers and off-road vehicles. On-call fire crews will be called upon to attend the full range of incidents including fires, floods, road traffic collisions, chemical spills and more, and work alongside their wholetime colleagues at many incidents.

This is your chance to take on a vital role on behalf of your local community without having to change the way you live or work. Operating on an on-call basis, you will respond to emergency incidents as part of your on-call firefighter role.

The salary


On-call firefighters are paid a monthly retaining fee and in addition hourly payments plus appropriate disturbance allowances for actual hours worked. These amounts will depend on your role – Firefighter, Crew Manager or Watch Manager – and the hours you are available and actually work.

 Can you meet the challenge?


Firefighters are highly trained, skilled individuals who have the fitness and stamina to keep working when the going gets tough. You must be able to demonstrate that you:

  • Are able to get to the fire station safely and within limited time, when alerted – working with the crew to provide 24-hour cover, 365 days a year..
  • Work effectively as part of a team.
  • Are able to communicate with all members of the community.
  • Have a logical approach to problems.
  • Can meet the Fire and Rescue Service's medical standards for eyesight, colour vision, hearing, lung function and general fitness.
  • Have the permission of your primary employer.

The recruitment process


The recruitment process comprises ability and physical assessments, interview and medical examination. Successful candidates will attend weekly drill nights at their respective fire station, during which they will need to complete their initial training within a 10-week period. Further development training will take place over the next 18 months. This will include a mixture of training during drill nights and a limited number of specialist courses delivered during the working week or at weekends.


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