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Quick guide to being an on-call firefighter

We are currently recruiting for on-call firefighters around the county. This is a great job where you will provide vital service to your local community, learn skills and gain qualifications. We are looking for all kinds of people.

Anyone who meets our criteria can apply, and we welcome applications from all kinds of people. You could be someone looking for a complete change to their day job who wants an extra challenge, a mum or dad looking for work to suit childcare or someone working locally who needs extra shifts.

We pay on-call firefighters to be available for a set, contracted period (between a minimum of 40 and maximum of 60 hours each week). The hours we offer will be based on what the local station needs to deal with risk in your area.

During these hours you can go about your normal life at home, with your family etc, but if you get a call to say we need you, you must be able to drop what you are doing and be operationally ready within five minutes at the station.

Generally on-call firefighters have other jobs or family commitments, so this is not their ‘main’ employment. We will need to know what other jobs you do, you will need to tell your main (primary) employer, you need to consider rest periods and depending on your main job (eg drivers) there may be other issues to consider.

Is it the job for me?

  • Are you 18 years old at the time of applying for the role?
  • Are you physically fit?
  • Can you commit to the on-call hours we need from you?
  • Can you be operationally ready within five minutes of a station either from home or work location?
  • Are you committed to continuous training, sometimes outside of set hours, to become a competent on-call firefighter?

Direct video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OB5GDXLxMo

How to apply 

We are currently recruiting for

Station Hours needed
Aldington Weekday evenings and weekend cover 
Ash-cum-Ridley Weekdays and weekends, day and night cover
Ashford Weekends day and night cover
Aylesham Weekdays and weekends, day and night cover
Borough Green Weekday and weekends, day and night
Charing Weekdays and weekends, day and night cover
Chilham Weekdays during the day and evenings
Cliffe Weekday evenings and weekend cover
Deal Weekdays from 09:00 to 18:00
Eastchurch Weekday evenings and weekend cover
Eastry Weekdays during the day and evenings
Edenbridge For further details about these three stations and the times we require people to work, please contact Vicki Brown on 01622 692121 ext 7448 or by emailing vicki.brown@kent.fire-uk.org
Faversham Weekdays and weekends, day and night cover
Grain Weekdays and weekends, day and night cover
Hawkhurst Weekday evenings and weekend evenings
Headcorn Weekdays nights from 20:00 to 07:00 and weekend cover
Herne Bay Weekdays during the day and evenings
Hoo Weekdays and weekends, day and night cover
Larkfield Weekdays and weekends, day and night cover
Lenham Weekdays from 18:00 to 07:00 and weekend cover
Marden Weekdays and weekends, day and night cover
Margate Weekdays during the day
Paddock Wood Weekdays from 05:00 to 18:00 and weekend cover
Rainham Weekdays during the day and weekend cover. For more information, contact Dean Firmin on 07779 772141 or email dean.firmin@kent.fire-uk.org
Ramsgate Weekdays during the day and weekend cover
Sevenoaks For further details about these three stations and the times we require people to work, please contact Vicki Brown on 01622 692121 ext 7448 or by emailing vicki.brown@kent.fire-uk.org
Southborough Weekdays and weekends, day and night cover
Swanley Weekdays during the day and weekend cover
Teynham Weekday evenings and weekend cover
Tonbridge Weekdays from 19:00 to 07:00 and weekend cover
Tunbridge Wells Weekdays from 05:00 to 20:00 and weekend cover
Westgate Weekdays and weekends during the day
Westerham For further details about these three stations and the times we require people to work, please contact Vicki Brown on 01622 692121 ext 7448 or by emailing vicki.brown@kent.fire-uk.org
Whitstable Weekdays and weekends, day and night cover
Wye Weekday evenings and weekend evenings

If you require further information in regards to becoming an on-call firefighter please contact the Human Resources team on 01622 692121.

Before applying please ensure you read all the information (click on the image above) about what we expect from applicants before you complete the application form.

Candidates who have been unsuccessful at any stage of the process will be unable to apply for any other on-call vacancies for a period of six months from date of written confirmation by KFRS.

The closing date for above applications is Friday 16 May 2014.

There are more vacancies coming over next few months so keep an eye on these pages, as well as our Facebook page and Twitter account.

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