Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service employs retained firefighters at various locations across the county – with a number of stations being crewed by on-call firefighters only.
Trained to the same high standards as full-time firefighters, a retained, or on-call, firefighter is a part-time employee who commits to working an agreed number of hours for the Service each week; the the number of hours and the times they are available can vary to suit their personal and professional circumstances.
Retained firefighters come from all walks of life, and they all find the job a very rewarding, if sometimes challenging, experience, as well as a great opportunity to contribute to their local community.
Many fit their retained duties around their primary employment and we have a lot of retained firefighters who are self-employed. Others may prefer to use their leisure time to be a firefighter. The flexibility in the system also makes it ideal for people with caring responsibilities.
However, it is essential that all our retained firefighters are able to reach the station within five minutes of receiving the call, which means that they must either live or work close by.
When 'on-call', our retained firefighters carry a pager which alerts them to an emergency incident in their area. They must then go immediately to the fire station where they will join their colleagues and drive to the incident.
All retained firefighters receive full initial training during their first few months. This is maintained with weekly training sessions at the fire station. In return for their commitment, they are paid an annual 'retainer' fee and they earn extra money each time they are called to an incident.
Do you want to serve your community in a challenging role? We are always on the lookout for people who could become our next on-call firefighter. If you think you've got what it takes, get in touch with your local station or visit our Recruitment Website. Also, keep checking back on our news section to see when our next recruitment window opens.