Life as an on-call firefighter

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As a Service we employ on-call firefighters at stations across the county - with some of our stations being crewed by on-call firefighters only.

Our on-call staff are trained to the same high standards as full-time firefighters. They commit to being on-call for an agreed number of hours each week and during these hours they need to be within a five minute drive (at normal road speed) of their designated fire station - should they be required to attend an emergency incident.

They are alerted to these incidents by a pager that they carry with them whenever they are on-call. When alerted, they stop whatever they are doing and    immediately travel to the fire station to join their colleagues and drive to the incident.

The hours that they are available for calls can vary to suit their personal and professional circumstances - with many of our staff fitting their on-call duties around full-time jobs and childcare commitments. It's a very flexible role that is both rewarding and challenging.

What does the job involve?

The role of a firefighter in the modern day incredibly diverse - much more than many people may realise. 

The most obvious part of the role is that firefighters, whether they are wholetime or retained, respond to emergency calls when required. These calls can be to a range of incidents including fires, road traffic collisions, animal rescues, rescues from height and water, chemical incidents and even flooding. Some of our retained firefighters have, recently, also started to attend medical emergencies.

Something that might not be so obvious is that our firefighters also do a great deal of community work. This involves running community events where they give advice to local people on how to stay safe - not only with regards to fire safety, but also road safety and water safety too. Our crews also go into people's homes, businesses and schools to deliver this advice and support.

As well as attending emergency calls and carrying out community work, our on-call firefighters also regularly train to ensure they are ready should they be required. Each station has at least one 'drill night' each week - where the crew comes together to train.





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