On-call Firefighter Recruitment

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service are not currently accepting applications for the position of On-Call Firefighters across South Yorkshire:

What is an On-Call Firefighter?

An ‘on-call’ or ‘part-time’ firefighter responds to the same fire and emergency calls using the same fire engines and equipment as a full-time firefighter. The only difference is that on-call firefighters are on-call at home or at work rather than permanently based at a fire station. The role offers flexible working hours and suits people with childcare commitments and other responsibilities.

As an on-call firefighter you would be paid a retaining fee along with an additional payment for every incident you attend. You would also be required to attend several hours of training every week, for which a payment is also made.

Being an on-call firefighter is like having a part-time job – you have to commit to certain hours and you get paid for them.

Could I be an On-call Firefighter?

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue currently has on-call firefighters from a wide range of backgrounds and employment situations, including self-employed people, people with jobs at local businesses and people who are on-call during daytime hours while their children are at school.


Applicants must be able to comply with the following eligibility criteria:

  • be eligible to work in the United Kingdom
  • be 18 years of age by the time your training course starts
  • be able to attend one of the above Fire Stations within 5 minutes, travelling at normal road speeds
  • have a basic swimming ability and water confidence which will enable you to operate safely in water rescue situations
  • be physically fit to meet the requirements of the role and medical examination
  • be able to demonstrate reading, writing and numerical skills to meet the requirements of the role
  • You must also be committed to maintaining and developing new skills, and studying on top of your normal working days.


On-call Firefighters receive an annual retaining fee of £2,202, (rising to £2,935, when competent) plus an hourly rate of £10.05 (rising to £13.40, when competent) for actual work & training and any other payments as relevant.

Further information, including everything you need to know about eligibility, the various recruitment stages, salary and the duties that make up this role, is available in the On-call Candidate Pack below.

Information Sessions

When we are recruiting we will be holding Information Sessions which will provide further information about being an On-call Firefighter and what the recruitment process will entail. We would advise any interested candidate to attend one of these sessions as it will give you further information about the role and an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Please register your interest here (http://www.syfire.gov.uk/find-a-job/firefighter-recruitment/recruitment-stages/) to be informed of any information sessions being held at your local On-Call Station.

Further Information

On-call Firefighter – Candidate Information Pack

This content was last updated on November 03rd, 2017