South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
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Contingency fire crews

The SYFR Contingency Fire Crew exists to provide emergency response cover to the public in the event of exceptional excess demands on the service or in the event of local or national industrial action taken by firefighters. 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.

Roles in the Contingency Fire Crew

Fire & Emergency Operative

Fire & Emergency 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.

Fire & Emergency 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. 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. Applicants will need a reasonable level of fitness and will need to undertake a fitness test as part of the selection process. There is the potential for Driver Pump Operators to undertake wider training in operational areas following a further higher level 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.*

*You will receive a minimum of 12 hours pay (£160.80) for any period of work (non training) undertaken i.e. if you are required to work for just a 2 hour shift you would still receive 12 hours pay. Any work undertaken over 12 consecutive hours will then be paid at an additional £13.40 per hour.

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 recruiting for Fire & Emergency Operative and Fire & Emergency Driver/Pump Operator roles.

If you would like to kept up to date with future Contingency opportunities at South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue then please send an email to  with Fire & Emergency Operative or Fire & Emergency Driver/Pump Operator in the title.

Please include brief details including your full name with a contact phone number & email address.

We will save your details and keep you informed when we next have any opportunities available.

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 March 06th, 2024