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Current recruitment

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service are looking to recruit On-Call firefighters at the following fire stations.

  • Ashfield
  • Bingham
  • Blidworth
  • Collingham
  • Eastwood
  • Misterton
  • Retford
  • Southwell
  • Tuxford
The recruitment window will open midnight 1st June 2021 and will close at 23:59 13th June. With the next trainee course to commence 7th January 2022.

Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue service is committed to making the communities of Nottinghamshire safer, with On-Call fire stations and those who work within them being critical.  Whether this be responding to emergency incidents, prevention and Protection work within the community or supporting our community partners.

To enable Nottinghamshire and Rescue Service to deliver an effective and efficient service to the community, especially in On-Call station areas, we will be undertaking a 12-month trial to offer greater flexibility through Flexible Contracts.  The trial will be only at Bingham and Collingham Fire Stations and open to applicants for these stations. 

The contracts are based on availability you can offer under a Contract of Availability with a minimum agreed average of.

  • Standard Contract 84 Hours per week
  • Medium Contract 63 hours (capped at 83) per week
  • Low level Contract 42 hours (capped at 62) per week

All applicants to the remaining 7 stations will be recruited in line with our current contract, offering availability of an average of 84 hours per week.

Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service will be holding live webinars through Zoom on.

Training Course

In support of all the stations we are recruiting to we will be able to offer a basic training on a module basis.  Trainees must complete 4 modules and will be continually supported and assed over a 12-month period before progressing to further development leading to competency.
All trainee On-Call firefighters must successfully complete Module 1 (Basic Skills) which will then deem them ‘Safe to Ride’ (STR).  This will then allow the trainee to be attached to their station and respond (in a limited capacity) to emergency incidents.

  • Module 1 - Basic Skills (must be completed by all trainees)
  • Modules 2, 3 & 4 must be completed within 12-month for start of employment.
Trainees can book on course dates set with the 12-month period to receive training on the following elements (each covered under individual modules)

  • Breathing Apparatus
  • Extrication
  • Pumping
We will still be offering the opportunity to complete the full training course (54 days) as set out in How to Apply.
For more information or if you have any questions please contact the Sustainability of On-Call Team: - SoOC@notts-fire.gov.uk

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 oncallfire.uk (opens in a new window)


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