Contingency Fire Crews

Contingency Fire Crew provide sufficient cover for South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (SYFR) in the event of a strike by Fire Fighters. Whilst SYFR 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.


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.

Fire & Rescue Driver/Pump Operator

Driver/Pump Operators will be required to drive fire appliances and operate pumps and will be given suitable Emergency Response Driver Training (EFAD) training. Applicants for this role will need to hold a current Class C LGV (Large Goods Vehicle) licence and have undertaken over 200 miles LGV driving. There is the potential for Driver Pump Operators to undertake wider training in operational areas following a fitness assessment however this will be voluntary and discussed at interview.

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

We are not currently accepting applications. If you wish to be kept informed of future recruitment, please register your interest here.

We also advise applicants to review the Eligibility Criteria, Recruitment Stages and the Initial Training Course to gain an understanding of what the recruitment process and subsequent training will entail.


This content was last updated on February 08th, 2019