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For more information about pay as an On-Call firefighter.

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More details about the Job Related Tests can be found here.

Details on how to apply to become an On-Call firefighter here.

Hear what its like to be an On-Call firefighter from some of our own.

Dates of Interest

The recruitment window is currently open until 19 January 2021.

If you need more information and missed our webinar on the 15 July over on Facebook you can watch it again below: 

For those currently going through the application process to become and On-Call firefighter here are a few key dates for your diary:

Written Test 25 to 28 February

Job Related Tests 20 and 21 March

Interviews 29 March to 9 April

Medicals 21, 27 and 28 April

Should you be successful in passing all these stages the training course will begin 9 July.

Here is the course outline and dates that will be required for training
Start of Course
09.07.21IntroductionDay0900 - 1700
10.07.21IntroductionWeekend0900 - 1700
11.07.21Team BuildingWeekend0900 - 1700
Module 1
12.07.21Water RescueDay0900 - 1700
13.07.21Water RescueDay0900 - 1700
17.07.21Basic SkillsWeekend0900 - 1700
18.07.21Basic SkillsWeekend0900 - 1700
19.07.21Basic SkillsDay0900 - 1700
20.07.21Basic SkillsDay0900 - 1700
21.07.21Basic SkillsDay0900 - 1700
24.07.21LaddersDay0900 - 1700
25.07.21LaddersDay0900 - 1700
02.08.21First RespondersDay0900 - 1700
03.08.21First RespondersDay0900 - 1700
04.08.21First RespondersDay0900 - 1700
05.08.21First RespondersDay0900 - 1700
06.08.21First RespondersDay0900 - 1700
09.08.21Methods of EntryDay0900 - 1700
10.08.21Animal RescueDay0900 - 1700
11.08.21TCR / SWAH / STR AssessmentDay0900 - 1700
Module 2
23.08.21B.A. Week 1Day0900 - 1700
24.08.21B.A. Week 1Day0900 - 1700
25.08.21B.A. Week 1Day0900 - 1700
26.08.21B.A. Week 1Day0900 - 1700
27.08.21B.A. Week 1Day0900 - 1700
31.08.21B.A. Week 2Day0900 - 1700
01.09.21B.A. Week 2Day0900 - 1700
02.09.21B.A. Week 2Day0900 - 1700
03.09.21B.A. Week 2Day0900 - 1700
04.09.21B.A. Week 2Weekend0900 - 1700
07.09.21B.A. Week 3Day0900 - 1700
08.09.21B.A. Week 3Day0900 - 1700
09.09.21B.A. Week 3Day0900 - 1700
10.09.21B.A. Week 3Day0900 - 1700
11.09.21B.A. Week 3Weekend0900 - 1700
Module 3
14.09.21ExtricationDay0900 - 1700
15.09.21ExtricationDay0900 - 1700
16.09.21ExtricationDay0900 - 1700
17.09.21ExtricationDay0900 - 1700
18.09.21ExtricationWeekend0900 - 1700
19.09.21ExtricationWeekend0900 - 1700
Module 4
10.10.21HAZMATWeekend0900 - 1700
11.10.21PumpingDay0900 - 1700
12.10.21PumpingDay0900 - 1700
13.10.21PumpingDay0900 - 1700
14.10.21PumpingDay0900 - 1700
15.10.21PumpingDay0900 - 1700

End of Training Phase 1

On-Call Firefighter roles


On-call firefighters are notified of an emergency call via a personal pager, which they carry with them when they are on duty.

On-call firefighters will book themselves available for fire calls and, if a call comes in during the hours they are available, they must reach the fire station within the allocated time usually within 5 minutes of receiving the pager message.

Some of our on-call firefighters are in full-time employment with an agreement from their employers to leave to attend an emergency call.


Our On-Call Stations


As a Service we employ on-call firefighters at stations across the county - with some of our stations being crewed purely by on-call staff. Out of the 30 fire engines we have across Nottinghamshire, 16 are currently crewed by on-call firefighters.

For more information on a particular station please click on the link below:


What does the job involve?


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.

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 on-call, 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. 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.

To find out more information about the role of an on-call Firefighter and to register your interest in the role visit (opens in a new window)

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