On call firefighters are trained firefighters who, rather than being based at a fire station, provide on-call cover from home and/or their place of work. They declare the periods in a week when they are available to respond to emergencies if called upon.

They respond to emergencies when their pager alerts them, so must work and/or live within approximately four minutes travel time from the fire station as they travel from that location to the fire station, where they then travel to the emergency in a fire service vehicle e.g. a fire engine.

On-call firefighters declare the periods in a week when they are available to respond to emergencies if called upon. During these times they must remain within approximately four minutes travel time of their fire station to provide a response. However there are circumstances where this time can be extended.

They also attend a training evening at their station one night a week.

There is some flexibility within the travel time so if you’re outside of the 4 minutes please contact our retained support team on 01609 780150 (during office hours).

You can also watch some videos from some retained (on call) firefighters on the national on call firefighter recruitment website 

If you’re interested in applying please visit our On-Call Firefighters vacancies page


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