Retained FireFighter - Talent Pool
Through out the year we may have vacancies at some of our stations, if you are interested in becoming a Retained/On Call Firefighter, please read on. Please note this is a holding area for your contact details only and not a formal application.
About The Role
Retained firefighters 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 firefighters 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 firefighters attend weekly drill nights to ensure they maintain their skills, in addition to which there are many more opportunities for training throughout the year. As well as responding to emergencies, retained firefighters can also get involved in community fire safety initiatives in their local area, including home fire risk checks and school 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!
Self Assessment Test
· 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 work nights, evenings, weekends and public holidays including Christmas and New Year?
· 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 your local fire station so you can respond immediately. Your local fire station will have a map detailing the boundaries for the five minute callout time, please pay them a visit to see whether you fall into this category.
Many retained firefighters are in full time employment and have an agreement with their employer to leave work should they be alerted to attend an incident. Others provide cover during nights or weekends. Retained service also appeals to unemployed people.
As a retained firefighter you will play a full and valuable role in Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and you can expect the same respect from the community and have the same job satisfaction as full time firefighters.
• 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
You will also need to agree a declaration of availability with the local Station Manager? To obtain this you need to visit your nearest station, ideally on one of the drill nights.
About the National Firefighter Selection Process
Anyone over 18 can apply to become a firefighter; however we are looking for people with very special skills and abilities.
A lot of the job is based around working within the community; therefore you need good communication skills. There are a range of duties within the Fire Service for all different types of people. Some roles will require a good degree of physical fitness, front line positions where you may need to use ladders, hoses and other equipment.
There are various stages of the application process and each must be completed before moving onto the next one. The different stages are :-
Full details are in the attached guidance notes document.
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Information – this information will not be used as part of the selection process. It is for monitoring purposes only.
At the application stage under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 you are obliged to declare any unspent convictions or criminal proceedings pending as part of your application as these may bar you from working as a Firefighter.
In line with the Data Protection Act 1998, no personal details about you will be released from the organisation without your prior written consent. All information will be treated as confidential.
You will be invited to attend a health assessment at our Occupational Health Unit where you will be assessed by an Occ Health Professional.
Your initial training (Core Skills) will be delivered over a 4 week period or on a modular basis, with the 7 modules to be completed over a 16 week period.
Your development phase of your employment will follow a 36 month programme. This is a continuous development programme and requires that within your first 12 months you must successfully complete the:
• Core Skills Module
• 0-12 month Learn Pro programme
• Breathing Apparatus Module
• 12 month assessment at Training and Development
Within the 36 month programme you must also successfully complete the:
• Rescue Module
• Hazardous Materials Module
• 13-36 Month Learn Pro programme
• 24 and 36 Month assessments at Training and Development
Upon successful completion of the whole programme you will be deemed competent in role and will be awarded competent pay. You will then be required to maintain your competence.
In order to maintain competence you will also be required to undertake and satisfactorily complete further training when required. This may include, if selected, driver training.
Training during your development phase and in your subsequent maintenance phase may be at venues which are within, or outside the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service area. In some cases these may be residential.
There are no pre-set qualifications, as they will need to pass the Firefighter Selection Tests
If you are still interested after reading all the information, please register your details and we will contact you regarding any future recruitment opportunities.
If you have any enquiries please contact:
Abbots Bromley, Burton, Lichfield, Tamworth Mercia and Tutbury, Rising Brook, Brewood, Cannock, Eccleshall, Gnosall, Penkridge, Codsall, Stone, Wombourne, Kinver and Rugeley
Southern Service Delivery Group – Retained Support Officer – Sarah Smith – email@example.com – 01785 898963 / 07967573575 or Kim Harrison – firstname.lastname@example.org - 01785 898913 / 07971893280
Burslem, Longnor, Loggerheads, Ipstones, Hanley, Leek, Cheadle and Kidsgrove
Northern Service Delivery Group - Retained Support Officer –Kevin McLintock – email@example.com - 01785 898927 / 07794213478