Get the call - become a professional firefighter - that's the message from the Fire and Rescue Service

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The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) is working with fire and rescue services throughout the UK to deliver a national campaign to encourage people to become on-call firefighters.

The ‘Need More’ on-call firefighter awareness week runs from 7th -13th January 2019, and aims to highlight opportunities available in the fire service, while busting myths about what it takes to be a firefighter.

The campaign is supported by a national website - - which encourages people to get in touch with their local fire service, in January or anytime throughout the year.

An on-call firefighter is someone who responds to a range of fire and rescue service jobs; these range from emergency calls, working at open days, carrying out work with their local communities and acting as an ambassador for the fire service.

On-call firefighters come from every walk of life, including homemakers, shopkeepers, builders, farmers, office workers and directors of companies, together with people who are not currently employed.

Full training is provided on an ongoing basis, therefore previous experience is not needed.

An on-call firefighter could be called out two or three times a week, for a few hours at a time. The on-call hours are based around people’s availability and other commitments.

The basic requirements to be an on-call firefighter may differ slightly between services but generally we look for the following:

  • A strong desire to support the local community.
  • Enthusiastic about working as part of a team.
  • Have a reasonable level of personal fitness.
  • Live or/and work near your local fire station – depending on the location this is between 5 and 8 minutes from the station.

Terry McDermott, NFCC On-Call Lead and Chief Fire Officer for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said:

"If being a firefighter is something that appeals to you, but you already have a career or other commitments, now is the chance for you to find out if you can still make it happen.

“On-call firefighters are crucial to the work of the Fire and Rescue service, and we want to make sure our fire services reflect all local communities. So, if you want to receive world class training, work as part of a fantastic team and help your local community, we need to hear from you.

“There's lots of flexibility to work around other commitments such as family, studying or work, but if you don't get in touch you'll never know."

You can get in touch with your local fire and rescue service by visiting the campaign webpage and look out for #NeedMore and #OnCallFire on social media. 

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