South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
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Contingency Fire Crews

Contingency fire crews are staff we keep on standby to provide support in the event of exceptional demands on our service, to cover periods of industrial action and other scenarios, like pandemic disease. There is a legal duty placed upon the Fire Authority to provide emergency cover to the public they serve and, as such, it is vital that such staff are put in place.

We are recruiting now for Fire & Rescue Operatives and would encourage anyone interested to review the Eligibility Criteria, Recruitment Stages and the Initial Training Course pages to gain an understanding of what the recruitment process and subsequent training will entail.

Should you be want to apply, we are currently accepting telephone applications. Please contact our Contingency Recruitment line on 0114 253 2295 between Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm.

You can also request a call from our recruitment team by emailing contingencyrecruitment@syfire.gov.uk with your name and contact number and we will give you a call back to go through the initial questionnaire.

Due to Covid-19 our staffing may be reduced and your patience is requested with any delays. Please be advised that the application process will close as soon as we have received sufficient applications.

Fire & Rescue Operative

Fire & Rescue Operatives will be required to staff fire appliances and attend emergency incidents. Training will be provided. Candidates are required to be of a good level of physical fitness which will be assessed during the recruitment process via a bleep test within which candidates are required to meet the level of 8.7.

Contractual Information

Individuals will be employed on a zero hours contract and SYFR will not be obligated to provide individuals with any hours of work.

Pay: You will receive £13.40 per hour during any period of training or work undertaken.

Retention Fee: You will receive £200 for every 4-week period of availability you provide after completing your initial training. Please be aware that to receive the retention payment you must attend the relevant ongoing training.

Contract Type: You will be contracted to work only when required by the organisation. There will be no guarantee of future work – this is called a Zero Hours Contract.

How to apply

Contingency Fire Operative Applications:

Pay:  £13.40 per hour during any period of training or work undertaken.

£200 retention payment for every 4-week period of availability post training. Please be aware that to receive the retention payment you must attend at least 4 out of 8 weekend scheduled top up training courses/days within a calendar year.

Contract Type: Following your initial training you will be contracted to work only as and when required.

There will be no guarantee of future work – this is called a Zero Hours Contract.

Considering the demanding nature of emergency and fire response work you must be medically fit for the role and must have a high level of physical fitness. A fitness test, practical assessment and full medical assessment including substance misuse testing will be an integral part of our selection process. Previous experience of using Respiratory Protection Equipment and/or working in a safety critical/disciplined environment would be an advantage.

Our selection and training timetable is outlined below:

Selection Process

Initial Assessment Day
Saturday 7th November 2020

Sunday 8th November 2020

Saturday 14th November 2020

Sunday 15th November 2020

Practical Assessment Day
19th or 20th November 2020

Medical Appointments
8th – 11th January 2021

Kit Fitting
25th & 26th January 2021

3 Week Training Course
1st – 19th February 2021 (Excluding weekends)

NOTE: You will need to be available for initial training between 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. If you are interested in applying you must be available on the dates outlined above. You will also need to be able to provide reasonable availability to cover potential periods of exceptional excess service demand or industrial action. If you cannot, please do not apply.

You must be 18 or over and eligible to work in the UK. All recruitment is subject to successful completion of all assessments, medical screening, substance misuse testing and a Disclosure Scotland Basic Check of unspent criminal convictions.

This content was last updated on October 21st, 2020