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16th January, 2022 - 1.38pm: Chapmans pool - Crews from the Swanage and Wareham fire stations along...Read more

15th January, 2022 - 01:17: Shaftesbury fire fighters responded to an emergency call reporting a d...Read more

14th January, 2022 - 18:25: Fire fighters from Chippenham were called to a road traffic collision ...Read more

14th January, 2022 - 18:13: Fire fighters from Warminster were mobilised to reports of a vehicle f...Read more

12th January, 2022 - 9:02pm: Bournemouth - A crew from Redhill Park attended a fire involving a par...Read more

12th January, 2022 - 7:46pm: Bournemouth - A crew from Westbourne attended a fire involving food in...Read more

12th January, 2022 - 08:53: Firefighters from Blandford and Sturminster Newton attended a domestic...Read more

12th January, 2022 - 08:51: Firefighters from Dorchester attended an alarm sounding at a domestic ...Read more

11th January, 2022 - 17.11: A fire crew from Christchurch is currently in attendance at Willow Dri...Read more

11th January, 2022 - 15.20: Firefighters from Westbourne were called to a fire in the engine bay o...Read more

On-call firefighters

On-call firefighters are paid professionals, who do the same work as their wholetime colleagues. Unlike wholetime firefighters, they are not based at the fire station but have other jobs and commitments, responding to emergencies only when their alerter goes off.

On-call firefighters are usually contracted for between 40 and 120 hours of cover per week, but this can vary. Between them, each fire station team will provide cover for weekdays, evenings, nights and weekends.

Around two thirds of the firefighters in Dorset and Wiltshire work on an on-call basis, making them hugely important to both the Service and the communities that they serve. Of our 50 stations, the majority are crewed only by on-call firefighters and on-call staff work alongside their wholetime colleagues at many of our other stations.

Firefighting can be dangerous, and we have to ensure that our employees are fit enough in every way for the challenging conditions and environments which they may encounter as part of their operational duties.

We want our recruits to succeed and become competent firefighters. Our recruitment and selection process has to be robust so we can select those people most likely to pass all their training modules and achieve the required level of competence. The application process is therefore designed to determine how someone adapts to the physical, mental and emotional requirements of being a firefighter.

Meet some of our on-call firefighters – Daphnee, Craig, Lisa, Mike, Paul and Matt. Videos are hosted in Facebook so click to expand/get sound.

  

Follow the menu links to find out more about being an on-call firefighter, the process of applying, and what’s expected of you if you succeed in your application. You can also download our leaflet about what is required.

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