Contingency Fire Crews

Recruitment Rationale

The reason for this recruitment is to provide sufficient cover for South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (SYFR) in the event of a strike by firefighters. Whilst we respect the right of staff to undertake industrial action, there is a legal duty placed upon the Fire Authority to provide emergency cover to the public they serve. As such, our recruitment for additional Contingency Fire Crew will commence on 31 January 2017.

NB: We reserve the right to cancel this recruitment at any stage.


We are seeking applicants for the role of: Fire & Rescue Operative

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

Contractual Information

Individuals will be employed on a zero hours contract and South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue will not be obligated to provide individuals with any hours of work.

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

Retention Fee: £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 9 training courses/days within a calendar year (further to your initial training course)

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

Please call 0114 253 2814 if you wish to apply.

Recruitment Stages

There will be two stages to the recruitment process for these roles:

1) Initial Telephone Eligibility Assessment

Candidates will be asked a number of questions to assess their eligibility and suitability for the role. Please note that if you do not meet all of the eligibility criteria we will be unable to progress your application further.

You will also need to be available for the assessment centre detailed below and MUST be available for the full training course. Individuals who are unable to attend the assessment centre and an associated training course will not be considered further.

Once the above has been confirmed you will be allocated a place at the assessment event on the 21st January and provisionally nominated for the training course should you progress. You will also be asked for some contact details including an email address. Further information about the assessment day will then be emailed to you. In the event that you do not have an email address you can either have the information sent to someone else’s email for you to access or you can come in to collect this from the SYFR Headquarters.

2) Assessment Day

Please note that the assessment day will be run on the basis that if a candidate fails an assessment element i.e. the Aptitude Test, they will leave the process at that point and will be unable to complete any further elements.

Recruitment Process

All recruitment will be commenced via our designated phone line which will be open from 12 January 2017.

Initial Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates must:

  • Be 18 years of age at the commencement of their training (by 6 March 2017)
  • Be eligible to work in the United Kingdom
  • Be available to attend and complete the training course in full

Candidates will not be considered for Contingency Fire Crew roles if:

  • They have any history of asthma or other respiratory conditions (including childhood history)
  • They have colour vision deficiency (colour blindness)
  • They have had laser eye surgery in the last 12 months
  • They have suffered from any musculoskeletal symptoms in the last 12 months
  • They have any ongoing mental health condition. (It must be at least 2 years since last episode)
  • They have any hearing deficiencies. (Candidates cannot use hearing aids).
  • They require glasses for distance vision (excluding reading glasses or soft contact lenses). Please note that candidates with ‘hard’ contact lenses cannot be considered.

Interested candidates should check that they meet the above eligibility criteria and then call the Recruitment Line on 0114 2532814.

Candidates will also be required to complete a Disclosure Scotland check & provide reference & full contact details on the day.

Fire & Rescue Operative Assessment Day: Session 1

17 February 2017

Candidates wishing to be considered for this role must be available to attend both assessment days on 17 February 2017 and 21 February 2017.

The assessment day will consist of:

  • Registration
  • Verification of eligibility to work in the UK
  • A written aptitude test (Numerical and Verbal Reasoning)
  • A bleep test (Level to be achieved 8.7)

Fire & Rescue Operative Assessment Day: Session 2

21 February 2017

The second assessment day involved the physical assessment which will consist of the below:

  • Ladder climb
  • Ladder lift
  • Crawls
  • Equipment Carry
  • A short interview

Candidates will also be required to complete a Pre Fitness Test Questionnaire prior to these  assessment days and provide references & full contact details on the day of the assessment.

Successful applicants from the assessment will be required to attend a medical with Occupational Health which will include a substance misuse test and Disclosure Scotland Check.


If successful at the relevant assessment day & in line with medical and Disclosure Scotland check outcomes, candidates will need to attend the below Training Course. Please note that candidates who are not able to attend the below course in its entirety will not be eligible to apply.

Fire & Rescue Operative


6th March – 26th March 2017

Further details of the training to be undertaken will be provided to successful candidates following the Assessment Day.

This content was last updated on February 09th, 2017