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. On average, you could be called out 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. 

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Who can apply?

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


What 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.

Can I apply?

Check if you meet the criteria to apply

Download on-call recruitment welcome pack (PDF 962KB)

How our recruitment process works

On-call firefighter vacancies and dates

When you can apply for on-call firefighters vacancies in Suffolk and 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.

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.

Real-life on-call firefighters

Meet on-call firefighters working in Suffolk and learn what inspired them to apply and about their commitment to their local community.

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.