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On-call recruitment

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Last updated  07 June 2018

On-call (or Retained Duty System (RDS)) firefighters are a vital part of the modern Fire and Rescue Service, providing an efficient, cost-effective service that gives emergency cover to more than 90 per cent of the UK.  In Bedfordshire, On-call (RDS) firefighters provide cover in rural areas as well as alongside their full-time colleagues at Stations in the busier urban areas.

See all our recruitment videos on our YouTube Channel.

On-call crews are called in to attend the same range of incidents as their wholetime counterparts at any time of the day or night.  In return they are paid a retaining fee along with an additional payment for every incident attended.  They are also required to attend a training night for two hours every week for which payment is also made.

There are many benefits to local businesses in releasing their employees to become on-call (RDS) firefighters.

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  • Fitness information
  • Pre-application checklist
  • More information about becoming an oncall firefighter



  • Guidance on rehabilitation of offenders
  • What are the rewards and benefits of being an oncall firefighter?
  • Benefits to your business of having oncall firefighters on your staff

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