On Call Firefighter

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service
25 Aug 2017
18 Sep 2017
Contract Type

Retained (On Call) Firefighter's are a crucial part of the Fire Service - they provide an efficient and effective emergency service to the community of Staffordshire.

What is a Retained Firefighter?

Retained Firefighter's provide emergency response cover from either their home or work base, which needs to be within five minutes of their local station. After their initial training course, retained Firefighter's attend weekly drill nights to ensure they maintain their skills, in addition to which there are many more opportunities for training throughout the year. In addition to responding to emergencies, retained Firefighter's also get involved in community fire safety initiatives in their local area, including home fire risk checks and educational visits.

Find out if being a firefighter maybe the right career for you

This self assessment test will give you a good idea of whether or not your perception of what is needed to be a firefighter is correct. If you can answer yes to all of these questions then maybe being a firefighter is the right career for you!

- Would you like to be part of a profession where you can put your life skills into action every day?

- Would you like to work as part of a team?

- Would you like to work in the community meeting new people, being in new situations and meeting new challenges?

- Are you willing to provide cover that will include nights, evenings, weekends and public holidays?

- Are you ready to work outdoors in cold, hazardous conditions for long periods through both the day and night?

- Are you mentally strong enough to deal with highly stressful situations in a positive and professional manner, helping people in distress and giving them first aid?

In order to become a retained firefighter you must:

• Live or work within five minutes of a fire station (listed below) so you can respond immediately.

Predominantly be able to give cover during the day time and weekends.

Your local fire station will have a map detailing the boundaries for the five minute callout time, please contact your local fire station to see whether you fall into this category

• Have a real wish to support your local community

• Have an enthusiasm and willingness to work in a team environment

• Have a good level of physical fitness


Your initial training (Core Skills) will be delivered over a 3 week period or on a modular basis, with the 7 modules to be completed over a 12 week period. Further training modules are required within a 24 and 36 month period. Again these can be taken consecutively or on a modular basis.

Has your declaration of availability been agreed by the Station Manager? To obtain this you need to contact your Retained Support Officer.

Closing Date for Applications is - Midnight Sunday 17th September 2017.

All communication regarding this vacancy will be issued via email, so please check your email account on a regular basis.

We currently have vacancies for Retained Firefighters at the following Stations: -

Uttoxeter, Tutbury, Abbots Bromley, Burton, Barton under Needwood, Chase Terrace, Lichfield and Tamworth Mercia

Eastern Service Delivery Group - Retained Support Officer - Kim Harrison -

- or

Newcastle, Burslem, Longnor, Loggerheads, Ipstones, Leek, Cheadle, and Kidsgrove

Northern Service Delivery Group - Retained Support Officer -Kevin McLintock - / or email ,

Rising Brook, Brewood, Eccleshall, Gnosall, Penkridge, Codsall, Stone, Wombourne, Kinver and Rugeley

Western Service Delivery Group - Retained Support Officer - Damian Armstrong - / or email .


Please see attached Eyesight standards that our Occupational Health unit will test against.

If you have any enquiries please contact:

Julie Ann Edwards - Recruitment Advisor on or Laura Pratley - HR Administration Assistant on .

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