Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service recruiting on-call firefighters near you!

On-call Fire Stations across the County are looking for local residents to join their on-call firefighting crew to help protect the community it serves. Here are some answers to some of the more common questions we get asked about becoming an on-call firefighter.

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What is an on-call firefighter?

On-call firefighters carry a pager and respond to emergency incidents as and when they happen. They receive an annual wage to reflect the time they commit to being available plus additional payments for attending incidents and drill nights.

How will being a firefighter affect my day job?

Measures can be taken to ensure you are not called out before or during your working hours.

Do you have to be at the station all the time?

No, on-call firefighters are on-call during the times they have committed and carry a pager with them to attend call outs. If you are not on-call you do not have to attend.

How many hours do I have to be available for?

This could be as little as 49 hours a week (plus the drill nights), which can be broken up into any size that suits both you and the Service. Being available for 49 hours does not mean you have to work 49 hours – it just means you need to be available to cover call-outs during that time period.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue dealing with a vehicle fire

When do you need cover for?

We are always looking to recruit new staff to provide cover Monday to Friday day time & Evenings and also weekends.

How often do you train?

One evening a week for two hours.

Do I get holidays?

Yes, you get up to 38 days.

What if I’m not fit enough?

There are fitness standards you have to meet but they are achievable and you can get fit enough if you push yourself a little – you’re probably half way there already.

A Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service Driver

What do on-call firefighters enjoy most about the job?

All our on-call firefighters enjoy learning new skills as well as the variety of jobs they get called to – which can include everything from a house fire to a road traffic accident or animal rescue. You’ll also be part of a team of people, dedicated to keeping others safe.

Why should I become an on-call firefighter?

Watch Commander Phil Thacker said: “This job is rewarding; it can be hard work, you could be called out in the middle of the day during work or of a freezing cold night, you might only get a few hours’ sleep on occasions, but think of how proud your family and friends will be of you. Think about how proud you will be of yourself when you have saved someone’s life and helped someone in your community in their time of need! All emergency calls are different but to have that feeling when you come away from an incident to know you have helped and saved the life of someone and helped that person in your community is a positive feeling”.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service will provide candidates with the training and support they need to help them succeed. It will also provide them with all the uniform and fire kit needed to do the job of firefighting in safe, controlled conditions. Candidates will get paid for their time from the moment they start training.


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