As a Service, we want all of our fire stations to have available crewing 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
On-call firefighters commit to being available for a given number of hours. They carry alerters and then respond to their fire station when called, from wherever they are in the community.
Some firefighters are able to be on-call for fixed hours each week, whilst others provide variable cover around the shifts they work for another employer or to suit their other commitments, such as childcare responsibilities.
When you apply to become an on-call firefighter, we will arrange a station visit to meet the officer in charge to check that the hours you can offer will meet the needs of the Service. This will also allow you to better understand the role and expectations of our firefighters.
To ensure that all of our firefighters can achieve and maintain their operational competence, our ideal commitment is at least 40 hours of availability per week. Similarly, to allow everyone to maintain a work-life balance, we don’t encourage anyone to offer more than 120 hours of availability per week.
We often have lower levels of availability on weekdays so, if you can offer any cover between 8am and 6pm on Mondays to Fridays, your application is likely to be of interest when your local station is recruiting.
Our on-call firefighters are men and women from across all age groups and many different walks of life. If you can offer availability, and believe that you can meet our entry requirements, we’d love to hear from you.
If you are currently employed, we will need your employer’s consent for you to become an on-call firefighter, regardless of whether you are able to respond during working hours. This is because there may be occasions where you have been at an incident for a significant amount of time, potentially impacting on your ability to do your usual job, or you may be delayed at the start of your working day.
Your employer will also need to be aware of other Service commitments that you will have, such as training.