On-Call Firefighter Recruitment

We are currently recruiting for on-call firefighters – come and join our team!

“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. They provide an incredible commitment across the 31 stations within Cornwall.  

We have a strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. We are stepping up our positive action targeting and encouraging applications from underrepresented groups, specifically from:

  • women
  • people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (or the wider spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities)
  • those who are from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background

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

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

For further details and to apply for this position, please select the Community Fire Station you would like to apply to from the choices below:

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