On-call firefighters


Get the call - become a professional firefighter 

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The National Fire Chiefs Council's on-call firefighter recruitment campaign will run from 1st - 7th March 2021.

The campaign aims to highlight the opportunities to become a professional firefighter which are open to people from all walks of life.

national website for on-call firefighter recruitment means that people can enquire about opportunities in their area at any time of the year. The website is packed with real-life stories from on-call firefighters, it gives an insight into what the role entails and what recruits can expect.

What is an on-call firefighter?

An on-call firefighter is someone who responds to a range of fire and rescue service jobs, 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. When they get the call, they become professional firefighters. Full training is provided on an ongoing basis, therefore previous experience is not required.

 An on-call firefighter could be called out two or three times a week, for a few hours at a time. The on-call hours are based around people’s availability and other commitments. 

One minute you could be sitting at home and the next minute you can be sitting on a fire engine.

Being an on-call firefighter means people become part of a close-knit team, gain a range of new skills, earn additional  money which fits around existing jobs and commitments, while making a difference within the local community.

One of the case studies on the website is father of  four Shahbaz, 47, who says his understanding of Asian culture and languages has proved invaluable when working in the community. He enjoys the sharing and learning of new skills and the sense of friendship and belonging that’s hard to find in other jobs.

While 23-year-old Shannon, who also works as a care assistant, says she loves the excitement and adrenaline the job brings and the family feel of fire service life. One minute Shannon can be out working in the community, and the next on a fire engine on her way to an incident.

Employing an on-call firefighter

The website also gives advice to employers and how having on-call firefighters within their business can bring advantages. These include health and safety and medical response training, as well as developing situational awareness, leadership skills and the ability to work under pressure. We encourage employers to find out more about supporting employees who may wish to become on-call firefighters by getting in touch with their local fire and rescue service.  

Fire and Rescue Service staff can access the on-call recruitment resources in the NFCC's on-call and FirePro groups. 

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