How to become an on-call firefighter

How to check if you can apply to become an on-call firefighter in Suffolk and find out about the each step of the recruitment process.

On-call firefighters are a vital part of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, working in small towns or villages from home or their place of work. 
You could be called out on average 2 or 3 times a week for a couple of hours. It's not a problem if you aren't available all of the time. 

Vij on call firefighterWhen can you apply?

The next recruitment window opens on 13 August 2018.

You can still register your interest in becoming an on-call firefighter.


You'll need to:

  • be 18 or older, and live or work within 5 to 8 minutes (or possibly up to 10 minutes) of a fire station.
  • have enthusiasm, willingness to work in a team environment and a desire to support your local community.
  • have consent from your employer to be available when you're working.

Check our full criteria


You'll receive:

  • £5,000 per year (approximately) for attending calls, any training undertaken and for maintenance work carried out on the fire engine and at the station.
  • Retaining fee for the hours that you agree to provide cover for, and training to handle emergencies and help your community understand the importance of fire safety.

How our recruitment process works

On-call firefighter vacancies and dates

Which fire stations are recruiting and how to apply for on-call firefighters vacancies in Suffolk and the dates for aptitude testing, interviews and training.

Check if you're eligible to be an on-call firefighter

The criteria you need to meet before you apply like age, physical and personal attributes and how close you're based to a fire station.

Each stage of the on-call firefighter application process

Read about the stages in the application process that you need complete including practical tests, interview, medical and on-site training.

Firefighter written and practical tests

About the different written and practical tests that you'll need to complete to become an on-call firefighter.

Register your interest in applying

Contact us if you're interested in becoming an on-call firefighter and would like more information about the job or the application process.

Employers of on-call firefighters

Information, advice and guidance for businesses, organisations or employers who employee staff who is an on-call firefighter in Suffolk.

Daniel, factory fitter and on-call firefighter

Daniel's story as an on-call firefighter for Saxmundham, since November 2011.

Becky, Quantity Surveyor and on-call firefighter

Becky's story as an on-call firefighter for Long Melford since September 2014.

Michael, mechanic and on-call firefighter

Michael's story as an on-call firefighter for Debenham since June 1988.