Do you live or work within five minutes of a fire station? If so, then being a retained firefighter might be a possibility!
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service rely on retained (or on-call) firefighters to maintain its emergency response.
On-call firefighters make themselves available to respond to a pager when a 999 call is made, and cover is needed at all times. Contracted hours can vary, but personnel usually make themselves available for between 48 and 120 hours per week. Between them, each fire station team will provide cover for weekdays, evenings, nights and weekends.
On-call firefighters receive the same training and development as wholetime colleagues, and can be called to all manner of emergencies, including fires, road traffic collisions, animal rescues and flooding.
The pay does vary, depending on how much cover is given, but it is fantastically rewarding to be a part of your community and in a position to help people.
In order to be on-call, you need to be able to respond to the fire station in around five minutes once your pager goes off. This can be from home or work, and employers can benefit from a firefighter’s training – such as first aid, manual handling, a greater understanding of health & safety in the workplace, and enhanced team spirit.
For more information on the opportunities that currently exist, visit www.dwfire.org.uk/working-for-us