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On-Call (Retained Duty System) Firefighter

On-Call or Retained Duty System (RDS) Firefighters are a group of men and women who do everyday jobs, but are ready to respond to an emergency incident the moment their alerter goes off.

They come from all walks of life, builders, housewives, shopkeepers, farmers, plumbers, typists or technicians, provided they can respond from home or, with their employers’ permission and co-operation, from their place of work.

On-Call (RDS) Firefighters are part of a dedicated team ready to face any emergency. They are different to Full-Time Firefighters (people whose primary employment is for the Fire Service) but they are trained and developed to the same standard so that they can save lives, rescue people from road traffic collisions and undertake community safety work to make a real difference within their localities.

You need to live or work within five minutes (driving at normal road speed) of a Retained Duty System Fire Station. You have to be flexible in your work because no-one can predict when you’ll be called out, each Firefighter carries an ‘alerter’ so that they can respond when required.

There is a basic salary based on the specified hours declared in a Firefighters Availability Profile, and an additional payment for responding and turning out to incidents.

See the document below for information on the requirements to become a On-Call (RDS) Firefighter and full details on the recruitment process.


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