On Call Firefighter

Warwickshire County Wide
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26 Apr 2021
11 Jan 2022
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Be extraordinary - be an On Call Firefighter 

Are you over 18 and live or work within 5 minutes of any of our stations?

Then we may have just the job for you!

The Salary


Retainer salary £2,483 (once training course is successfully completed)
Call outs and additional hours paid at £10.88 - £14.51 hourly rate depending on competency


An average competent On Call Firefighter could earn more than £6,000.


The Role

We are looking for men and women to join the teams of firefighters in Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service. With excellent rates of pay for training and emergency call outs, plus an annual retaining fee, although it is a demanding role and requires commitment, it can be very rewarding. 

Salary - You will receive an annual retaining fee (paid monthly) on call disturbance fees and hourly rates for work undertaken, training session fees and four weeks holiday pay per year (rising to five weeks after five years service). The annual retaining fee will depend on the number of hours cover that you can provide. 

On Call firefighters agree and are contracted to be available for specific hours per week, which may include nights and weekend work. They carry a pager and must be able to get to the fire station safely within five minutes of a call during their available hours. Some on-call firefighters choose to be contacted and respond to emergency calls from work and once their pager goes off they respond to the station to deal with the incident. 

On Call firefighters agree to provide a regular amount of cover each week during which they are available to respond to the fire station when called. The amount of cover provided can vary between 40 and 120 hours per week- although most of our on-call firefighters provide around 80 hours each week. When on call and alerted by your pager you will need to stop whatever it is you are doing and report immediately to the fire station. 

There is also a requirement to attend a weekly training drill night for at least two hours at your local fire station for training. 

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The essential requirements are that you must be: 

  • Aged 18+ 
  • Able to reach the station within five minutes of a call at normal road speed  
  • Fit enough to carry out the role of a firefighter    
  • Be able to attend a drill night once a week at your retained station
  • Have enthusiasm to work in a team environment 
  • Willing to support and serve the community  
  • Permission from your employer if responding to calls from work

The application process:

You should only submit one application, once you have submitted a full application, and you live or work within 5 minutes distance from the fire station you are applying for, you will be invited to attend the following:

Briefing session - Date TBC

Psychometric assessment - Date TBC

Physical assessment - Date TBC

You must pass both Psychometric and Physical assessments to be invited to Interview.

Interviews - Date TBC

When there is a requirement for an on call firefighter at the station you have applied for and you have passed all assessments and pre employment checks completed, you will be expected to attend the following dates:

Core Skills Days 1-3 - Date TBC

Core Skills Days 4 & 5 - Date TBC

Core Skills Days 6-10 & 11-16 - Date TBC

Please note:

Candidates will be given advance notice to attend a briefing session and other assessment events. If your circumstances change or you are unable to attend an assessment event, please notify the Recruitment Centre or withdraw your application if the position is no longer suitable.

If you pass the psychometric assessment but there is no vacancy available at the station you have applied for, your application will be put on hold for 12 months. 

If you are successfully appointed to an on call firefighter the contract will be a fixed term 12 month contract. 

For further information about the role, please email ffrecruitment@warwickshire.gov.uk

Our method of application is online. If you are unable to apply using the 'Apply for this job' link please contact the Recruitment Centre. 

External: 01926 738444
Email: hrandpayroll@warwickshire.gov.uk

Please note that all applications must be received on an application form. We do not accept CV's and do not keep CV's on file unless part of an application.

Warwickshire County Council is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and is keen to address areas of under representation in its workforce and would particularly welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons from the BAME community, disabled people and people from the LGBT+ Community.