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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 firefigher from some of our own.

Dates of Interest

Our last recruitment window closed 1 August 2020 but we will be recruiting again soon.

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:

Job Related Tests 16 to 20 September

Written Test 1, 2 & 3 October

Interviews 19 to 25 October

Medicals 10, 11 & 12 November

Should you be successful in passing all these stages the training course will begin 16 January 2021.  Here is the course outline and dates that will be required for training.

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 recieving 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

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