Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service operates from 23 strategically located sites across Shropshire. The Service has 3 whole-time stations located in Shrewsbury, Telford and Wellington. On-call firefighters operate from 22 stations. The Service headquarters is in Shrewsbury and the Training Centre is in Telford.
More than 500 full-time and on-call firefighters protect 493,000 residents throughout Shropshire & Telford and Wrekin and attend some 4,000 emergencies annually.
We provide emergency response services for the whole of Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin, operating with 46 vehicles plus specialist appliances.
Our prevention and protection activities also help educate and protect communities we serve and businesses within the area to avoid fires happening in the first place.
Shropshire’s on-call firefighters provide essential fire cover at 22 stations and 20 are staffed purely by on-call personnel. On-call firefighters have everyday lives and jobs, until their pager sounds; then they immediately make their way to the fire station. They don’t work for a back-up team or a second-rate crew. On-call firefighters are professional firefighters, on the front line, saving lives.
What will I do?
Our on-call firefighters are called out to anything from floods and fires to road traffic collisions or chemical spills; we make sure they are trained to deal with everything from extinguishing burning buildings to providing first aid.
What support will you give me?
From day one we’re here to support you through the process. Our On-Call Recruitment Team will guide you through the entire process, our Fitness Team will support your fitness journey and our Training Instructors will ensure you’re supported during the assessment.
On-call firefighter training and development
Once you’ve passed your assessment process and been offered employment with us you’ll be ready to start training to become an on-call firefighter. This will begin with a two-week training course, which runs Monday – Friday. After this you’ll attend evening training sessions which usually last for two hours one evening a week for 10 weeks.
After your initial training you’ll of course continue training throughout your career – making sure you’re always up to date and confident in your role.
- Online Registration and application form
- Job related tests and written tests
- Medical and fitness test
We are looking for men and women from all backgrounds to join the teams of firefighters in Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service. With excellent rates of pay for training and emergency call outs, plus an annual retaining fee, it’s well worth your while.
There are just three requirements
- Live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station (this does not include Telford Central fire station)
- Be over 18
- Be physically fit (we will support you and give training in this area)
You must be able to provide a 84+ hours per week (this does not mean you will be working those hours, but you must be available to respond to calls).
The role calls for courage, a desire to serve your community and of course the ability to be part of a close-knit team.
Do I have to fit a certain profile?
Our role and workforce has developed and so has our place in the community. Our on-call firefighters come from all walks of life – from stay at home parents and self-employed business owners to shop workers and tradespeople. Male and female. Tall and short. Fitness enthusiasts and cake lovers alike. And most don’t have any previous experience until they apply.
The post is subject to a satisfactory DBS check, references and medical clearance.
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is committed to equality and diversity at work. We positively welcome applications from disabled people and minority groups who are under-represented in our Service.
On call Firefighter Job Description.docx
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