South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
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On-Call Recruitment

What are on-call firefighters?

An on-call firefighter is someone employed by a fire and rescue service who is ‘on-call’ to respond to a range of emergencies and to engage with their community. They respond from home, or another place of work, where they have everyday lives and jobs – until their pager sounds and they become professional firefighters.

Put into more general terms, an on-call firefighter could be classed as a part-time firefighter. Part-time or not, though, they are fully trained and experienced people on the front line, saving lives and protecting people. They are exceptional individuals and there is nothing ‘part-time’ about their commitment.

Our on-call staff come from all areas of the community. For example, they could be stay at home parents, in full or part-time employment, working for themselves, studying at college or university or not currently employed. They are paid for their services, receive thorough training and are taught all they need to know about emergency situations.

Where are your on-call fire stations?

We have on-call firefighters at 7 stations across South Yorkshire. You must live or work within five minutes of one of these stations to be eligible for an on-call firefighter role. These are:

How do I apply?

We open up application windows in March and September each year. We won’t accept applications outside of this time. You can, however, register your interest in an on-call role using the form at the bottom of this page. We will then contact you when recruitment opens.

There is, however, lots you can be doing in the meantime to prepare yourself for a role as an on-call firefighter. You can contact your local station at any point during the year to introduce yourself and learn more about the role. You can also look at the videos and documents below which will help you prepare for the practical tests, the theoretical tests and the interview process.

Recruitment is now OPEN – the window will close on 31 March. Online tests will take place between March and May before fitness and practical tests will take place in May. Interviews will be in June and medicals will then take place at the end of July and start of August. Successful candidates will then be required to attend our Training & Development Centre at various points during September, October, November and December to complete their initial firefighter training course.

Job related tests

Prior to starting your firefighter course, you must pass a series of job related tests. These are all demonstrated and explained in the below videos series:

Case studies

Let some of our serving on-call firefighters tell you why it’s such a fantastic job…

Useful documents

On-Call Firefighter Recruitment – Candidate Information Pack
Firefighter Recruitment – FAQs
Information for Online Recruitment Stages
Exercise & Fitness Guidance
Personal Qualities and Attributes (PQAs)
Online Recruitment Stages – Practise Tests 
Online Recruitment Stages – Technical Guidance
Behavioural Styles Questionnaire (BSQ) Information
Situational Judgement Test (SJT) Information

Register your interest

Click here to register your interest in an on-call role within South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue.

This content was last updated on March 10th, 2021