Retained Firefighters

Help protect your local community – become a Retained Firefighter!

Please note that applications are closed but any applications submitted will be held on file for consideration for future trainee courses.

Retained firefighters are members of the community who are paid to provide an on-call service responding to emergency calls in the same way as full-time firefighters, using the same appliances and equipment, but who are ‘on call’ rather than at a fire station.

Retained firefighters have to live and be able to respond and arrive within five minutes of the station. They respond via a pager system and need to turn out within five minutes during their hours of declared availability. They have to be at least 18 years of age with a good all round level of fitness. No previous experience is required due to the comprehensive training programme on offer.

To apply to be a Retained Firefighter you must:

  • Live and be able to respond and arrive within 5 minutes and provide cover on a rotational call-out basis to the Station you will be situated at
  • Be 18 years old at the start of the training course
  • Meet the Fire & Rescue Services medical standards for eyesight, colour vision, hearing, lung function and general fitness
  • Be eligible to work in the UK

And it would be desirable if you:

  • Hold a full UK car driving licence
  • Hold an LGV driving licence

A candidate may not:

  • Be currently employed as a warranted Police Officer

Cleveland Fire Brigade employs males and females from a range of diverse ethnic backgrounds. We regard ourselves as an employer that promotes equality and values diversity and we would particularly welcome applications from women and those from a minority ethnic background.

You can apply at

Want to know more? Download our Becoming a Retained Firefighter booklet below and read the story of one of our Retained Firefighters, Neil Allport – a bricklayer from Guisborough.

Links to:


Phone: 01429 874021 (Human Resources Team Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)

Self-employed bricklayer Neil Allport is helping build a stronger community in Guisborough through his work as a retained firefighter.NeilA5D3_9360

“It is just a case of putting something back to the local area and helping local people,” says the 49-year-old father of two. “It is also very rewarding and different as you never really know what you are being called to next.

“It can range from small rubbish fires to serious road accidents and everything in between. We also give talks to schools and care homes and carry out health training on resuscitation techniques.

“The variety is a big appeal but also the fact that you live in the community and are on-call to make a difference to so many lives. It is a big commitment but something I would heartily recommend others to do.

“I live only a couple of minutes from the station so can get there in a matter of seconds when needed. Sometimes you jump in the appliance and only get to find out what is happening on the way to an incident.

“You also work with a lot of great colleagues who are also prepared to put in that little bit extra. You get great support and training with regular drills and courses. I’m currently working towards my Emergency Fire Services Operations in the Community NVQ. I have been a retained firefighter for 18 months and have never looked back. It can be physically and mentally demanding but I have enjoyed every single second.”

Self-employed Neil worked in London before moving back to his native Guisborough and is in big demand as a bricklayer with plenty of work away from his retained firefighter duties.