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On-Call Firefighters

On-Call Firefighters are members of the community who are paid to respond to emergencies. They do not staff the fire station 24 hours a day like full-time firefighters on the wholetime duty system. They are notified of an emergency call via a personal pager, which they carry with them when they are on duty. On-Call Firefighters will book themselves available for fire calls and, if a call comes in during the hours they have agreed to be on call, they must reach the fire station within the allocated time usually within 5 minutes of receiving the pager message.

Some of our On-Call Firefighters are in full-time employment with an agreement from their employers to leave to attend an emergency call.


We are ACTIVELY recruiting for the following fire stations.

Please use our on-line form.

We also have the following retained stations and whilst we are not actively recruiting for these you can still register your interest using our on-line form. Please note your application will not be processed until a vacancy becomes available at the retained station that you are interested in. Once a vacancy becomes available, your register of interest form will be considered and we will be in contact with a view to processing your application further at that time.

On-Call Application Form

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Entry Requirements

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Selection Process

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Training Schedule

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If you have any general queries please contact the Service Centre on 01773 305 441.

On-Call Weekly Training Schedule

Applicants must be able to regularly attend the weekly training night of their local station.

Station Weekly Training Night
Alfreton   18.30 - 21.00    
Ashbourne   19.00 - 21.30    
Bakewell   18.30 - 21.00    
Belper       19.00 - 21.30
Bolsover       18.15 - 20.45
Bradwell     18.30 - 21.00  
Buxton   18.45 - 21.15    
Chapel-en-le-frith 18.30 - 21.00      
Clay Cross       18.30 - 21.00
Clowne     17.30 - 20.00  
Crich       18.30 - 21.00
Dronfield     18.30 - 21.00  
Duffield   18.30 - 21.00    
Glossop   19.00 - 21.30    
Hathersage   18.30 - 21.00    
Heanor   19.00 - 21.30    
Ilkeston   18.30 - 21.00    
Long Eaton   18.30 - 21.00    
Matlock   19.00 - 21.30    
Melbourne   19.00 - 21.30    
New Mils   18.45 - 21.15    
Ripley   18.30 - 21.00    
Shirebrook       18.15 - 20.45
Staveley     18.00 - 20.30  
Swadlincote   18.30 - 21.00    
Whaley Bridge   18.45 - 21.15    
Wirksworth 18.45 - 21.15      

Pre Employment Checks

Disclosure Scotland Check

A satisfactory basic Disclosure Scotland check will be requested to ensure that you have not been convicted of a criminal offence which makes your employment in the role of a Firefighter unsuitable. This application is made in line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

Reference Checks

Two satisfactory references will be sought. One must be from your current or most recent employer.

Useful Additional Info

PDF Personal Qualities And Attributes
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PDF Firefighter Interview Practice Booklet
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PDF Firefighter Written Tests Practice Booklet
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PDF Walk On Incline Test
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