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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 £4,000 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.

Firefighter Peter Murray is a modern-day Home Front Hero

On-call Firefighter Peter Murray featured in the BBC One series Home Front Heroes, talking to the Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson about what motivated him to become a firefighter in a rural community and how he balances this with his other role as a self-employed award-winning craftsman and woodsman. Read his story.

Flexible and fulfilling

We offer a range of contracts, where the number of hours and times to be available can vary to suit your personal and professional circumstances. You won't spend all this time working; it's just the time you're available for us to call you if there is an incident.

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. You will need to attend a weekly training session, usually held on a weekday evening at your local fire station.

How to find out more

If you would like to know more about what it takes to be a firefighter, then read through our 'Frequently Asked Questions' on our FAQs page.

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.

Registering your interest

Please complete our On-call Firefighter Expression of Interest form which is located at WM Jobs, an external jobs board. This form is merely recording your interest in the role – we will then contact you with further information.

If you have any queries, please contact the HR department on 01905 368 343, or 01905 368 378 (24 hour answer phone) 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.