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On-Call Recruitment

On-Call Firefighters are a vital part of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, providing flexible, efficient and reliable fire and rescue cover. We are recruiting professional people from within the community to become On-Call Firefighters at #TeamBedsFire to help respond effectively to emergencies and save lives.

To apply to be an On-Call Firefighter at your local Fire Station click here

We are not currently taking applications for Kempston Fire Station. 

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What do I do as an On-Call Firefighter?

As an On-Call Firefighter, you will be required to attend a range of operational incidents. Our Firefighters deliver a range of Community Safety initiatives to reduce the number of fires, accidents and all associated injuries, often in partnership with other groups. This is a varied and exciting role for anyone, regardless of background, who wish to push themselves and help protect their community.

Watch our video below for a taster of what you could be doing as an On-Call Firefighter.

What availability is required?

On-Call Firefighters are required to respond to their community fire station when an incident occurs. The availability of potential firefighters is considered at the early stages through a discussion to ensure that it complements the requirements within the team. We are interested to talk with anyone that believes that they have what it takes to be part of #TeamBedsFire.

A retaining fee is paid for your availability along with additional payments for incidents, community activities and training attended. The high levels of professional training and development we offer will be attractive to individuals, team and businesses alike; such as diversity and inclusion, health and safety, driver training, medical skills and leadership development.

What are the entry requirements?

What is important to us is that you are, professional, physically fit and can meet certain essential requirements. We have many On-Call opportunities across the county. These roles are demanding, but in return, offer the chance to make a real contribution.

To become an On-Call Firefighter you must: 

  • live or work within a reasonable distance (6 minutes travelling time) of the On-Call fire station (you must obtain approval from your employer to attend emergencies during your working hours)
  • be at least 18 years of age by the start of your employment
  • be physically fit
  • hold a full UK driving licence
  • be able to provide a minimum of 39 hours cover per week

Useful documents can be found at the bottom of this page - For FAQs please click here 

For further information and guidance, please contact Recruitment via email recruitment@bedsfire.gov.uk

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