How much cover do I need to give?
We have a flexible approach to the provision of cover recognizing that everyone needs to maintain a healthy work/life balance. The amount of cover provided can vary between 40 and 120 hours per week – although most of our on-call firefighters provide around 80 hours each week.
How often will I be called out?
On average you’ll be called out about two-three times a week although the station areas do vary quite a lot and some are much busier or quieter than others. There can also be a considerable seasonal variation, hot summers will give rise to lots of grass and crop fires, and prolonged wet periods may bring lots of flooding incidents. No two days or calls are ever the same!
What can I do when I’m on call?
You can pretty much lead your normal life – go to the shops or visiting relatives and the like, but you must make sure that you carry your pager and that you can still get to the station within five minutes of a call. The Service does have a drugs and alcohol policy which is enforced by ‘for cause’ testing. Therefore, you must be fit for duty whenever you are on call.
What if I can’t do the same hours every week or I need to change the hours I do?
You need to commit to a certain number of hours every week, but there will be some flexibility depending on the availability of the rest of the team to change hours of cover.
Do I need any qualifications?
No, but you will need to pass selection tests.
Why are you recruiting for on-call firefighters?
As part of the Fire and Rescue Service modernisation agenda, we have considered different approaches to crewing our fire stations and the associated duty systems. Our aim is to be more flexible with the use of our full-time and on-call firefighters.
We need to consider both the urban developments and rural communities in providing operational response to emergency situations as well as proactive community safety activities.
We have already implemented policies that allow the transfer of our firefighters across a range of duty systems and to be located at different stations around Warwickshire.
We have recently recruited some more full-time firefighters into our urban areas and now there is a need to provide both full-time and on-call firefighters into some of the rural parts of Warwickshire.
With this in mind, we want to recruit on-call firefighters to maintain some of our part-time fire stations at their required staffing levels. We also intend to continue to enhance the innovative and flexible ways in which we deploy our full-time firefighters in support of rural communities. Primarily this will include deploying a small number of full-time firefighters into part-time station areas to: undertake community fire safety activities, gather operational information, supplement day-time fire cover arrangements and to undertake other routine, station-based activities.