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How do I apply to be a Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service On-Call Firefighter?

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At stage two of the recruitment process you will be given a link to our online application form. This happens after you have attended one of our On-Call awareness evenings. You can sign up for an awareness evening here.

What stations are recruiting On-Call Firefighters?

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You can find out which On-Call fire stations are recruiting by clicking here.

What are the fitness requirements to be an On-Call Firefighter in Buckinghamshire or Milton Keynes?

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Our On-Call Firefighters are a required to meet set role-related standards this includes a bleep test pass mark of 8.6. Anyone applying to become an On-Call Firefighter with us will need to reach these standards at stage four of the recruitment process. More information about the On-Call role related testing is available here.

What are the steps to become an On-Call Firefighter?

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There are seven steps to becoming an On-Call Firefighter with Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service. They are:

1. Awareness evening
2. Application form
3. Interview
4. Written and role-based tests
5. Occupational health medical
6. Formal offer of employment
7. Induction day

What is 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Line availability?

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  • 1st Line availability is an immediate response. This means you must respond to incidents within 10 minutes.
  • 2nd Line availability is a delayed response. This means you must respond to incidents within 20 minutes.
  • 3rd Line availability is a delayed response. This means you must respond to incidents within one hour.
  • 4th Line availability is a delayed response. This means you must respond to incidents within three hours.

What is the age range for an On-Call Firefighter?

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You have to be a minimum of 18 years old at the start of your employment. There is no upper age limit, as long as you are physically fit and can pass the fitness test you can become a Firefighter.

Are there any employee benefits for On-Call Firefighters?

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Yes, there are many benefits to being an On-Call Firefighter at Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, these include (but are not limited to):

– Free on-site gyms
– Free on-site parking
– Free employee assistance programme
– Childcare vouchers/tax-free childcare
– Annual leave entitlement
– Maternity/paternity leave
– Pension scheme
– Ride to work bicycle scheme

I wear glasses, will this stop me from becoming an On-Call Firefighter in Buckinghamshire or Milton Keynes?

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You will be expected to attend an eye test as part of your application, and the optician will test you for colour vision. Individuals with either normal colour vision or slightly abnormal green colour vision are suitable for appointment to the fire service. Please refer to the Visual Entry Standards available at: www.fireservice.co.uk/recruitment/eyesight/ for more information.

What is the difference between Wholetime and On-Call Firefighters?

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Wholetime Firefighters are contracted to work in the fire service as their primary employment serving at Wholetime fire stations. On-Call Firefighters usually respond from home or their primary employment on a call-by-call basis via a smartphone app.