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Retained (On Call) firefighter recruitment

Closing date: Ongoing
Salary: £ Click on Salary Information sheet below

Job description:

What is a retained (on call) firefighter ?

Retained (on call) firefighters are professionals trained by North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service but who work for the Service on a part-time basis.

Rather than being based at a fire station, retained firefighters provide on-call cover from home or their place of work.

They respond to emergencies when their pager alerts them, so must work or live within approximately four minutes travel time from the fire station.

Which fire stations have retained firefighters ?

The following stations have a retained (or volunteer) crew: 

Acomb, Bedale, Bentham, Boroughbridge, Colburn, Danby, Easingwold, Filey, Goathland, Grassington, Hawes, Helmsley, Huntington, Kirkbymoorside, Knaresborough, Leyburn, Lofthouse, Lythe, Malton, Masham, Northallerton, Pickering, Reeth, Ripon, Robin Hood's Bay, Selby, Settle, Sherburn, Skipton, Stokesley, Summerbridge, Tadcaster, Thirsk. 

Please be aware that not all stations have vacancies.

(N.B Goathland and Lofthouse are volunteer stations)

Can I apply to become a retained/ on-call firefighter ?

To apply to become a retained (on call) firefighter you must:

  • Be aged 18 or over at commencement of the training. You may apply if you are aged between 17 years 6 months and 18 years old as long as you are 18 years old once you commence training.
  • Work or live within approximately four minutes travel time from a retained fire station. We are particularly keen to recruit people who can provide daytime and weekend cover 6am-6pm or parts of.
  • Have a reasonable level of fitness.

Do I need any formal qualifications to apply ?

No you do not have to have any formal qualifications to apply to be a retained (on call) firefighter.

If you are able to provide evidence that you have obtained certain qualifications which are listed in the application pack, and your initial application is deemed successful, you will be exempt from the written tests.

Will I have to have medical examination to apply ?

Yes you will be required to undertake a full medical examination by the Service’s Occupational Health Physician.

Prior to that you will be sent a Certificate of Visual Acuity Form which you must take to an optician to complete to check your eyesight. If your eyesight or medical examination do not meet the required standard your application will not proceed any further.

Further information is available in the Information Pack which is available to download further down this page.

Please note that we do not reimburse any expenses incurred in connection with the completion of the Visual Acuity form. 

How do I apply to become a retained (on call) firefighter ?

1) Download the application pack and complete the Availability Form. This form indicates your availability to attend fire calls and it is an integral part of the recruitment process. If your availability does not meet the requirements of the station or your home/work address, (dependant on the core hours you are able to provide), is outside the (approximate) one mile / four minute response time then your application will not be progressed.

2) Complete the Application Form: Please note that Section 2 of this form will be sent out later in the recruitment process for you to complete, after you have successfully passed the written and physical tests. It is not included in this application form at this stage.

3) Complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Information Form.

4) Complete the Pre-Physical Test Questionnaire.

Please see the covering letter in the application pack for full details of how to return these forms. 

You will need to attend our Training Centre in Easingwold to take a number of selection tests.You will be given information about the tests, the order and detail of each test before you are assessed.  

The tests are divided into three main areas:

 1          Written Tests – unless exempt

 2          Physical Tests

 3          Competency Based Interview

If you are successful following the recruitment process, you will be expected to attend four drill nights (training sessions) at your retained station and one pre course learning day at our Training Centre. Stations have different drill nights, you can find out when the drill night takes place at your station in Section 12 of the Information Pack (which is available to download in the 'where can I find additional information' section below).

What happens next?

If you pass the tests and are appointed as a retained (on call) firefighter you will have to attend a 2 week course at the Service’s Training Centre in Easingwold.

Your progress during the training course will be continually monitored by written, oral and practical assessments.  You must pass this course for your appointment as a retained/on-call firefighter to be confirmed but you will be given lots of encouragement and support by the training centre staff; their aim is to help you to pass.

How long does the application process take ?

All applications are processed as quickly as possible.

What happens if there's no vacancies at the station I've applied for ?

If there are no vacancies at the station for which you have applied, we will keep your details on file for 12 months and contact you if any vacancies become available during that period. 

Applicants who have been in the recruitment system longer may be successful in filling the vacancies before you. However, in this situation we will hold your details on file and re-activate your application as and when another vacancy arises.

Depending on the length of time that your details are held on file, there may be a need for you to re-take the selection tests or medical as they are only valid for a certain period of time. We would discuss this with you in full if we hold your application.

How much will I be paid ?

The rate of pay for retained (on call) firefighters is dependant on your availability. Information on the salary for retained (on call) firefighters can be found on the link below and also in Section 9 of the Information Pack:

Goathland and Lofthouse are volunteer fire stations and attract a different salary package to that detailed. Please contact the recruitment team or attend the relevant drill night as detailed in Section 12 of the information pack if you would like to know more about these stations. Volunteer firefighters are still required to apply and undertake all the tests detailed in the information pack.

Where can I find additional information ?

The documents below provide some additional information. We would particularly recommend downloading the information pack.

We also hold retained (on call) firefighter recruitment events throughout the year which anyone interested in becoming a retained firefighter can call into to find out more about what the role involves. If we have any events planned you'll find the details of them on the 'Retained On Call Firefighter Recruitment Events' page of this website.

Where can I get an application pack and details regarding Fitness?

You can download the application pack and Fitness Guidance booklet on the links below:

I need some assistance to complete the application pack.

You can contact our Retained Support Officer, Martyn on 07771 843972 or fill in the form available here and Martyn will contact you.

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