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On-call firefighter

We need people to join us as on-call firefighters! Our crews are made up of individuals from a variety of backgrounds, with different ranges of skills.

On-call firefighters are not based at a fire station. They carry a pager and respond to emergency incidents as and when they happen. They receive an annual wage to reflect the time they commit to being available plus additional payments for attending incidents and drill nights (one evening a week for two hours). 

As well as being an on-call firefighter, many also have other jobs and are able to provide evening, daytime or weekend cover. When they are on-call they may be at home, working for themselves or for a nearby company, or out in their local community (staying within a five-minute travel time of the fire station).

The role forms a vital part of today's fire and rescue service, providing emergency cover to more than 90 per cent of the UK. In Cambridgeshire, they make up more than half of the workforce and are generally located in rural communities, small towns and villages.

How do I become an on-call firefighter?

We are generally looking for people aged 18 and over, with a good level of general fitness, that can respond within five minutes to emergencies. 

If you would like to discuss anything in further detail, contact our recruitment team or visit your local fire station.

Find out where our on-call fire stations are.

Please note

We are unable to consider those applicants whose current contract of employment with another employer may require them to be moved from their normal place of work, thus affecting their ability to fulfil their contractual availability with the Service. For example being a current member of the military reserve forces.

  • For periods of more than two weeks
  • For periods of more than four weeks in any calendar year
  • For less than one month's notice being given.

More information about being an on-call firefighter in Cambridgeshire can be found by visiting the pages on the right hand side. You can also take a look at the national on-call website to watch videos and learn more about life as an on-call firefighter.

Application process

The first stage of the process is to submit a CV to apply for a role as an on-call firefighter. To do this please email, with the subject title: Application for on-call firefighter. 

In the email can you please include:

  • The station you are applying to join
  • Your home address
  • Where you will be responding from (for instance if you plan to respond from work rather than home, please include the address)

If you have any questions please contact our recruitment team on or 01480 444500.

Please submit your CV on the registering your interest form.