The majority of firefighters that protect the UK serve on a part-time basis. People like you and me who spend their days bricklaying, answering the phone, looking after their children, gardening, lifesaving, fitness instructing and making tea.
Right now, more than ever, we need more on-call firefighters to help crew fire stations around the UK and if you meet the eligibility criteria, we've got an outstanding training package for people who can apply right now.
The Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh, the home of firefighter development, has put together a world-class training package called the Firefighter Foundation Development Programme, designed to get you ready for immediate active service on the fire engine and in the community from day one. Working in collaboration with the fire services of Oxfordshire, Lincolnshire, Devon and Somerset this progressive new course takes 27 days, spread over a number of weekends and provides the fastest way to start your career as a firefighter
This website is your gateway to this opportunity and to over £7,000 worth of world-class professional training!
Click here to see the course details and how it will give you a set of transferable skills to enhance your career, bring new value to your workplace and support your community.
Over £7,000 worth of free skills training undertaken at the Fire Service College with the UK's leading instructors
Regardless of the work you might do as an on-call firefighter, the course will give you new friends, new confidence and new skills that will benefit you and those around you
By going the extra mile and giving your time and commitment you'll not only benefit your own self-esteem, but you'll gain the respect of those around you and you'll be rewarded each time you are called to help.
The annual cost of fires in the UK
The percentage of homes fitted with smoke alarms in the UK
Of all firefighters in the UK are on-call
We've been out and about talking to people who have some involvement with the fire service, from Chief Fire Officers to serving on-call firefighters, from employers to members of your communities and below you can see what they have to say about on-call firefighters and what being part of this amazing service means to them.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue
On-call firefighters from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue talk about their experiences
Oxfordshire County Council Fire & Rescue Service
Simon Furlong, Assistant Chief Fire Officer from Oxfordshire County Council Fire & Rescue Service talks about this new initiative and why it benefits candidates, employers and the community
Dwellings with no smoke alarm accounted for 38% of deaths in home fires in Great Britain, and nearly one fifth of deaths occurred where no smoke alarm worked in 2013-14.
More than a third of fire deaths in non-domestic buildings were caused by smokers’ materials or cigarette lighters in 2013-14.
The main cause of accidental fires in dwellings remains the misuse of equipment or appliances, with 13,300 cases recorded in 2013-14
In 2013-14, Fire and Rescue Services in Great Britain responded to 23,100 road vehicle fires.
We're often asked about the impact on employers who choose to support their staff and colleagues who want to contribute to their community by being an on-call firefighter. Whilst you might think this could be a problem for employers the truth is almost universally the opposite.
As Dave Ramscar, CFO (Chief Fire Officer) at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue says in the video, the qualities that are needed to be an on-call firefighter are precisely the qualities any business wants. As well as demonstrating commitment and a sense of contribution, the very overt skills around fire safety, operational safety and first aid are clearly demonstrable benefits to any organisation.
Watch the video and hear how one employer in Lincolnshire feels about this essential service.
LINCOLNSHIRE HAS VACANCIES CURRENTLY, WITH AN ASSESSMENT DAY ON 13TH SEPTEMBER 2015, SO USE OUR SEARCH TOOL BELOW TO SEE IF THERE IS A PARTICIPATING FIRE STATION NEAR YOU AND APPLY NOW!
APPLICATIONS IN OTHER AREAS ARE CURRENTLY FULLY SUBSCRIBED, BUT PLEASE DO STILL CONTINUE IF YOU'D LIKE TO HAVE YOUR APPLICATION RETAINED ON FILE FOR THE FUTURE.
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