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Becoming an on-call firefighter

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Are you over 18 and work or live within five minutes of any of our 27 fire stations?

Then we may have an exciting career opportunity for you as an on-call firefighter where you can earn between £6,000 and £8,000 a year, sometimes more.

All our fire stations have an on-call fire engine, which is crewed by a dedicated team of women and men who work and/or live in their local communities and respond to emergency calls whenever they are needed.

We are always looking to recruit enthusiastic applicants from all walks of life. The most important qualifications are common sense, compassion, commitment, discretion and teamwork.

Flexible and fulfilling

We offer a range of contracts from between as little as 40 hours a week up to 120 hours, with flexibility built in, and paid annual holidays. You will need to attend a weekly training session, usually held on a weekday evening at your local fire station.

Full training, uniform and personal development is provided and there are many opportunities to gain additional skills and qualifications that will be of use outside the fire service. You will also be serving your community in many challenging situations.

We only ask for an average level of fitness and strength and will provide full support in helping you understand and achieve what this means.

How to find out more

If you would like to know more about what it takes to be a firefighter, then you can find out more here.

More details about our current recruitment campaigns can be found on our Latest vacancies page. We also hold awareness sessions at stations that are recruiting to give more information about the role.

Expression of Interest form

If you are interested in the role, please click on our On-call Firefighter Expression of Interest form to go to WM Jobs, an external website, where you can fill it in. This form is merely recording your interest so that we can contact you and advise when the station is next recruiting.

If you have any queries, please contact the HR department on 01905 368343, or 01905 368378 (answer phone, 24 hours) or email us at recruitment@hwfire.org.uk.

Please take a look at the following video which will also give you an insight into being an on-call firefighter.