Shannon, 23 (a Care Worker) and Shahbaz, 47 (full-time Dad-of-four) share their experiences of being an on-call firefighter.
Get the call - become a professional firefighter - that's the message from the Fire and Rescue Service
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.
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.
Full training is provided on an ongoing basis, therefore previous experience is not needed. Vacancies are available throughout the UK.
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.
The basic requirements to be an on-call firefighter may differ slightly between services but generally we look for the following:
- A strong desire to support the local community.
- Enthusiastic about working as part of a team.
- Have a reasonable level of personal fitness.
- Live or/and work near your local fire station
To find out more about on-call firefighters please apply where you will find case studies and advice. You can register your interest on the website so your local fire and rescue service can get in touch.