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On-Call Firefighters

We are currently seeking On-Call Firefighters to join our crews at Princes Risborough, Brill, Amersham, Buckingham and Olney.

Information

Reference:

On-Call

Closing Date:

N/A

Category:

Operational

Region:

Buckinghamshire

Salary:

Payments are varied depending on the number of hours you agree to, your rank and your development progress. These payments can range from £1,168.50 to £2,337 per year as a trainee. £1,557 to £3,114 per year as a competent Firefighter.

There are more details about the On-Call Payment System in the ‘related article’ link below.

Package:

  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Pensions
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Childcare Scheme
  • Onsite gyms

There are more details about the package in the ‘related article’ link below.

We are recruiting for individuals to join as On-Call Firefighters.

An On-Call Firefighter is someone who responds to a range of fire and rescue service roles; these range from emergency calls, working at open days, carrying out work with their local communities and acting as an ambassador for the fire service.

Successful applicants will learn new skills along the way such as first aid, road traffic collision procedures and fire safety, with an opportunity to train to be a large goods vehicle driver. Full training is provided on an ongoing basis, therefore previous experience is not needed.

Our On-Call Firefighters come from every walk of life, including homemakers, shopkeepers, builders, farmers, office workers and directors of companies, together with people who are not currently employed. They work closely with the community to increase their level of awareness and to help prevent incidents from occurring in the first place.

On-Call Firefighter could be called out two or three times a week, for a few hours at a time. The hours are based around your availability and other commitments.

To be considered as an On-Call Firefighter you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old by the start date
  • Hold a full UK driving licence (must have passed the driving test by completion of your application)

Additionally, we look for candidates who demonstrate:

  • A ‘Can Do’ attitude
  • A keen interest in the Fire and Rescue Services
  • A willingness to learn
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of people
  • The ability to work in a team environment
  • The ability to achieve a good level of physical fitness
  • The ability to follow instructions
  • The ability to think about the bigger picture in a dynamic and challenging environment

There are seven initial steps to becoming an On-Call Firefighter in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes

  • Awareness evening: You will visit a local station and more about the role and responsibilities will be explained.
  • Application form: After the awareness session you will be given a link to an online application form.
  • Interview: If your application is successful you will be invited to interview.
  • Written and role-based tests: If your interview is successful you will be invited to participate in online written testing using SHL, and role-based physical testing. The role-based physical testing includes a bleep test with a passing score of 8.6 (the bleep test will be conducted on a separate day). The video below will help you learn more about the role-related tests.
  • Occupational health medical: If you are successful in the tests, you will be invited for an Occupational health medical, this assessment determines if you are medically fit to perform the role.
  • Formal offer of employment: If you pass all of the above you may be offered employment.
  • Induction day: You will come to a fire station to start your On-Call journey!

If your postcode indicates you will be able to meet one of our response times, you might just be those seven steps away from joining us.

Example timeline for immediate response:

  • Time of alert via phone app: zero minutes
  • Drive to station at normal road speed: six minutes
  • Put on PPE (personal protective equipment): two minutes
  • Fire engine leaves station: eight minutes

Post Code Checker

Enter your postcode to find the closest fire station to you for your “immediate response” (enabling your appliance to be fully crewed and leaving the station within 10 minutes of you being alerted), and what the drive time in normal road speed conditions would be.

On-Call Radius Map

If the postcode you give does not sit within any of our designated response times, we are sorry, but it is unlikely that we would be able to offer you an On-Call role. However, you can go to this national site which allows you to register your interest in On-Call opportunities with other fire and rescue services.

If your postcode is within any of our designated response times, and if you have read our On-Call Firefighter information, take the first step in the application process and join us at one of our upcoming On-Call Awareness sessions by clicking ‘Attend event’.


FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What are “On-Call nights?”

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“On-Call nights” are evenings where you attend your assigned fire station and carry out training sessions, maintain the fire appliance, undertake your admin and update your training records.

How long does the “development” phase last if I am successful in becoming an On-Call Firefighter in Buckinghamshire or Milton Keynes?

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There is a two-year development phase for On-Call Firefighters. You will find out more about this during the On-Call awareness evening you attend. You can sign up for an awareness evening here.

Do I need to live close to an On-Call fire station to become an On-Call Firefighter in Buckinghamshire or Milton Keynes?

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To be considered for an On-Call firefighter role at Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, you must live close enough to an On-Call fire station that you will be able to drive to it, get your personal protective equipment on, and leave the station on the fire appliance, within 10 minutes. You can find your nearest On-Call fire station/s here.

How much does an On-Call Firefighter get paid?

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Payments are varied depending on the number of hours you agree to, your rank and your development progress. These payments can range from £1,168.50 to £2,337 per year as a trainee. £1,557 to £3,114 per year as a competent Firefighter.
If you chose to go for promotion you can earn between £1,655 to £3,310 per year as a development Crew Commander and £1,726.50 to £3,453 as a competent Crew Commander.

What will happen at the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service On-Call Firefighter induction day?

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If you are invited to attend an On-Call Firefighter induction day you will have reached stage seven of the recruitment process, and will be invited to a fire station to start your On-Call journey. You will find out more about this during the On-Call awareness evening you attend. You can sign up for an awareness evening here.

When will I know if my application to become a Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service On-Call Firefighter has been successful?

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If you pass each of the five initial stages of the On-Call Firefighter application process, then at stage six you may be offered employment. You will find out more about this during the On-Call awareness evening you attend. You can sign up for an awareness evening here.

Do I have to pass a medical test to become a Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service On-Call Firefighter?

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Yes, as stage five of the recruitment process you will be required to undertake an occupational health medical assessment to determine if you are medically fit to perform the role. You will find out more about this during the On-Call awareness evening you attend. You can sign up for an awareness evening here.

Do I have to pass a test to become a Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service On-Call Firefighter?

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Yes, as stage four of the recruitment process you will be required to undertake an online written testing using SHL, as well as role-based physical testing. This includes a bleep test with a passing score of 8.6 (the bleep test will be conducted on a separate day). You will find out more about this during the On-Call awareness evening you attend. You can sign up for an awareness evening here.

Will there be an interview if I apply to become a Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service On-Call Firefighter?

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Yes, if your application is successful. This is stage three of the recruitment process and you will be invited to an interview with us. You will find out more about this during the On-Call awareness evening you attend. You can sign up for an awareness evening here.

What happens at an On-Call awareness evening?

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Attending an On-Call awareness evening is stage one of our On-Call recruitment process. You will visit a local fire station where the role and responsibilities will be explained, and you will receive more information about us and the recruitment process. You can sign up for an awareness evening here.

Do you have events where I can find out more about becoming an On-Call Firefighter in Buckinghamshire or Milton Keynes?

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Yes, we do. You can find out the dates for our next evening, and book your place here.