South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
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Contingency fire crews

Contingency fire crews provide emergency response support in the event of exceptional demands on our service or to cover for periods of industrial action. There is a legal duty placed upon the Fire Authority to provide emergency cover to the public they serve and this is done within South Yorkshire via our contingency fire crews.

There are two roles within our contingency crews. These are Contingency Fire Operatives and Contingency Driver/Pump Operators.

We are not currently recruiting contingency fire crews, but you can express your interest in these roles here.

Contingency Fire Operatives

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.

Contingency Driver/Pump Operators

These individuals will be required drive fire appliances to emergency incidents and operate the pumps to provide water to the operatives. Training will be provided but individuals undertaking these roles will need significant prior experience and licenses for driving large vehicles. A fitness test is also required for this role.

Contractual Information

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

Pay: Contingency Fire Crew members receive £13.40 per hour during any period of training or work undertaken.

Retention Fee: A £200 retention payment is made for every 4-week period of availability you provide after completing 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.

Useful Documents

More information around the eligibility criteria and recruitment process for contingency roles can be found in the document link below:

Contingency Crew Information

This content was last updated on February 03rd, 2022