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20th August, 2018 - 1.05pm: High Post - Two crews from the Salisbury fire station were mobilised t...Read more

19th August, 2018 - 21:08: Crew from Bridport extinguished approximately 20 sq metres of straw al...Read more

19th August, 2018 - 18:22: Crew from Corsham release a five year old child stuck between banister...Read more

19th August, 2018 - 1635: 1635 Salisbury rescue a 60yr old female from a porch roof using a shor...Read more

19th August, 2018 - 1447: 1447 Christchurch attend Hamilton Close to extinguish a small fire...Read more

19th August, 2018 - 1445: 1445 Devizes attend the A360 nr Tilshead to extinguish a grass fire...Read more

19th August, 2018 - 1329: 1322 Portland extinguish a small refuse fire using 1 hose reel...Read more

19th August, 2018 - 1322: 1322 Stratton rescued an injured swan using dry Suits...Read more

19th August, 2018 - 1230: Christchurch rescue a seagull trapped in fishing line on a roof using ...Read more

19th August, 2018 - 01:02: At 01:01 we received the first of 12 calls initially reporting tyres o...Read more

On-call firefighters

If you think you have what it takes to be an on-call firefighter, click here to apply!

On-call (retained) firefighters are ordinary people doing extraordinary work – they are men and women who may have other jobs or responsibilities as well as their vital role with the Fire & Rescue Service.

On-call firefighters are part-time staff who make themselves available for emergency call-outs depending on their other commitments. They are usually contracted for between 48 and 120 hours per week, but this can vary. Between them, each fire station team will provide cover for weekdays, evenings, nights and weekends.

How many firefighters are on-call?

Some 60% of 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.

Who can be an on-call firefighter?

Our on-call staff come from all walks of life: they may be employed, self-employed, parents at home or students. Some work in building or allied trades, whilst others are shop assistants, farmers, typists, factory workers or managers.

What they all have in common is self-reliance, confidence, respect, enthusiasm, team spirit and a willingness to be ready for anything when they are alerted to an emergency.

On-call and wholetime firefighters are expected to meet the same entry standards and they receive the same training and development to enable them to work to common standards.

Who can apply?

You can find out more about the role and current vacancies through these pages, but key requirements for applicants are:

If you are unsure if you can apply, please contact our HR team on 01722 691444 or email [email protected]

Will you contact my main employer?

If you are currently employed, we will need your employer’s consent in order for you to become an on-call firefighter, regardless of whether you intend to be available during working hours.

 

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