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Hertfordshire County Council


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Could you be an on-call firefighter?

What is an on-call firefighter?

  • On call firefighters are part time firefighters who respond to emergencies from home or work when their pager bleeps
  • Many have other full time jobs and provide important fire cover during evenings, weekdays and weekends
  • On call firefighters are paid, fully trained and work alongside full-time firefighters

What does it take to be an on call firefighter?

  • A firefighter needs to be physically fit, determined and adaptable
  • On call firefighters need to be able to get to the fire station safely within 4 minutes. They need to be able to drop everything and respond to an emergency at a moment's notice.
  • On call firefighters need to be available for an agreed amount of time each week, usually 90 hours.

Who can be an on call firefighter?

  • On call firefighters come from all walks of life. We have plumbers, IT consultants, florists and financial advisers to name but a few.
  • On call firefighters have to pass a physical fitness test to make sure they can do the job safely and effectively. They don't need to be superhuman, but do need to have a good level of fitness.
  • On call firefighters need to be over 18. There is no upper age limit for applicants and no compulsory retirement age.

Find out more about the physical fitness test

Join our team - Apply to be an on-call firefighter

  • "I became an on-call firefighter to serve my local community" - Kev, on-call firefighter at Tring Fire Station
  • "I needed to acheive something more in my life" - Les, on-call firefighter at Berkhamsted Fire Station
  • "Now my children are grown up I have more time on my hands and wanted to give something back to the community where I grew up" - Helen, on-call firefighter at Kings Langley Fire Station

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