What is an on-call firefighter?
On-call firefighters are not based at a fire station. They carry a pager and respond to emergency incidents using the local station to respond from when this happens. They receive an annual wage to reflect the time they commit to being available plus additional payments for certain activities. They are expected to undertake and attend training at least once per week.
On-call firefighters are men and women who may have other jobs and are able to provide evening, daytime or weekend availability "on-call" cover. We need people who can be available for at least 50 hours a week, a minimum of 30 hours which must be predetermined.
On-call firefighters are a vital part of today's fire and rescue service. They provide an efficient, effective service that gives emergency cover to more than 90 per cent of the UK.
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Listen to people who are currently on-call firefighters answer some frequently asked questions about the role.
- 18 years old
- Good level of all round fitness
- Work or live within five minutes travelling time of an on-call fire station
- Be available at the times when the local station needs cover
Please read the pre-application checklist and make sure you have familiarised yourself with the application process before contacting the HR team, as the majority of questions we receive are answered within these pages.
Where are we recruiting?
We have continuous programme of recruitment for on-call firefighters. However, we have received a high volume of interest and in order to consider all of the requests we have received so far we have suspended our register of interest at this time. We will re open the register of interest as soon as possible.The map below shows all of the on-call stations.