On-Call Firefighter (Retained Duty System)
Candidates would be enthusiastic men and women from all walks of life, with common sense, compassion, sensitivity, creativity, discretion and diplomacy for the role of On Call Firefighter (Retained Duty System), especially in our more rural areas.
If you live or work within 5 minutes of your chosen Fire Station, are over 18 and looking for an exciting spare time opportunity, the Retained Duty System may be for you.
As a trainee Firefighter you will receive an annual retainer of £2,137*. You will also be paid £9.76 per hour for attending incidents and training, plus £3.74 disturbance payment for each call-out.
*Providing 120 hours cover per week.
Awareness sessions giving more information about the role, are held at stations which are recruiting. To find out if a vacancy exists at your local station, please contact the HR Department on 01905 368 343, call the answerphone line (available 24 hours) on 01905 368 378 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further details about current recruitment campaigns for on-call firefighters can be found on our Latest Vacancies page.
Click here to read Nicola Goodwin's story 'What it takes to be a Firefighter' on
BBC Hereford & Worcester.
The sense of achievement and job satisfaction that can be gained is unique, so, if you are the sort of person who wants to give something back to the community in which you live – which can provide you with additional income – why not consider becoming one of our Retained Duty System (RDS) Firefighters? As a RDS Firefighter you will play a key role within our Service, and will face a wide range of challenges since the role now incorporates both prevention and intervention activities such as;
- Fitting smoke alarms in the homes of vulnerable residents, or rescuing someone from a burning building.
- Explaining the importance of road safety to young drivers, or rescuing a trapped motorist from a vehicle.
- Providing water safety advice at the local village fête, or coordinating the rescue of nearby residents from floodwater.
For many of our RDS Firefighters the role fits around your existing employment/personal commitments. We provide excellent training and skills such as First Aid or Management which are transferable and can prove useful in everyday life – or to your existing employer.
- What is the Retained Duty System and how does it work?
- Benefits to employers
- Employers information Leaflet
- What is the Recruitment Process?
- Job/role description
- Types of Cover
- Frequently Asked Questions
For further information, to find out if a vacancy exists at your local station or to book your place on an awareness session, please contact the Human Resources Department on 01905 368 343 or answerphone line (available 24 hours) on 01905 368 378.
General information about firefighting can also be found at:
We are committed to attracting and recruiting quality people, welcoming all sections of the community.