Recruitment opens for on-call firefighters

retained2Cleveland Fire Brigade is holding a recruitment drive to find retained (on-call) firefighters to help protect their local communities.

We are looking for recruits for stations in Redcar, Stockton, Headland, Yarm, Guisborough, Saltburn, Skelton and Loftus.

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 based at a fire station.

Retained firefighters have to live and be able to respond and arrive within five minutes to their 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.

Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection for Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “Firefighting is not like any other job. It can be unpredictable, exciting and rewarding coupled with the satisfaction and respect that comes with providing a crucial service to your local community. There is no denying that it is a tough but rewarding job.

“In return we offer an annual ‘retainer’ payment plus hourly rates paid when firefighters attend incidents or training as well as disturbance fees and the opportunity to learn new skills such as first aid, road traffic collision procedures and fire safety.”

A number of open events will take place at fire stations over the next few weeks where you can find out more about becoming a retained firefighter. Potential recruits can attend any open event and have the opportunity to talk to current Retained Firefighters about their role, what the job involves, try out some of the equipment and find out about the tests recruits undergo.

Redcar Fire Station, Trunk Road, TS10 5BW: Tuesday, 4 July 5.30pm – 8.30pm

Yarm Fire Station, Thirsk Road, TS15 9LJ: Wednesday, 5 July 6pm – 8pm

Headland Fire Station, Durham Street, Hartlepool, TS24 0HQ: Wednesday, 12 July 6pm – 8.30pm

Full details are available online at where a recruitment pack outlining the role of a retained firefighter, obligations of the post and benefits to recruits can be downloaded. The closing date for applications is Monday, 17 July.

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.