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On-Call Firefighter Recruitment

“One minute you could be sitting at home and the next minute you can be sitting on a fire appliance.” 


Perhaps you see yourself working as part of a close-knit team. Maybe you would like to gain skills that others simply don’t have, or you just want to make a difference. Fancy a job that earns you extra money and fits around your work and family commitments? #oncallfire

This is a rewarding role for anyone looking to join Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service. You don’t need to have any previous firefighting experience - just the passion to protect and help your community. 

So, what does being an on-call firefighter mean?

On-call firefighters have everyday lives and jobs until their alerter sounds. Then they become professional firefighters, responding to a range of operational incidents when required. Being a firefighter is not just about fighting fires. An important part of today's service is fire and road safety prevention, education and safeguarding. When an emergency does occur, our firefighters are fully trained and equipped to deal with a range of emergencies. On-call firefighters make up approx. 90% of emergency cover in the UK – which makes them an invaluable part of our society.

They are ready to respond to:

  • fires
  • road traffic collisions
  • flooding
  • other emergency situations

Essential criteria:

You must:

  • live or work no more than five minutes from your nearest station
  • be at least 18-years-old at the start of employment, but you can apply before then. There is no maximum age limit for applications.
  • have no unspent criminal convictions at the time you start employment. Unspent criminal convictions at the time of application can be discussed at the first contact meeting
  • have the right to work in the UK
  • be able to drive at the start of employment. You can apply before you have a licence
  • have good eyesight so that you meet the visual standards
  • have a good level of strength and fitness
  • have a good grasp of Maths and English. You do not need any formal qualifications to apply but you will undertake the NFCC Written tests, which will test both of these subjects.

We are proud that Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is at the heart of our community. 75% of our service is provided by our On-Call Firefighters who provide an incredible commitment across the 31 stations within Cornwall.  

We have a strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and are passionate to ensure we continue to promote this commitment throughout our recruitment campaigns. We strongly encourage applications from all who feel that their personal values and ethics align with the service. We encourage applications from all underrepresented and marginalised groups who aspire to work for Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service and to make a difference to your communities.

Representing our communities and having difference in a team is important, as it creates new ways of thinking through having different perceptions and points of view. It keeps an organisation thriving with ideas and innovation and ensures that every member of our service is engaged and knows they are valued.

Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service has a dedicated Diversity & Inclusion Forum, Wider Council Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy, Positive action strategy and are accountable to the Public Sector Equality Duty.

We look forward to welcoming you into the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service family!

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