Payments are varied depending on the number of hours you agree to, your rank and your development progress. These payments can range from £1,191.50 to £2,383 per year as a trainee. £1,588.50 to £3,177 per year as a competent Firefighter.
There are more details about the On-Call Payment System in the ‘related article’ link below.
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Cycle to work 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 provides 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.
- 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.
- Interview: If your application is successful you will be invited to interview.
- 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
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’.
If the events are showing as sold out, please send an email with your name and details of the event that you were interested in to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will contact you to let you know if a space becomes available, or when an alternative date is arranged.