How often do firefighters get called out UK?

Call rates vary from station to station with some retained stations responding to over 800 calls a year and others responding to less than 50. On average you can expect to be called out 2 or 3 times a week for perhaps a couple of hours.

How often do on call firefighters work?

On-call firefighters are usually only called out two or three times a week at any time of the day or night, usually for about an hour. This commitment will vary around the country.

How long are firefighter shifts UK?

Working hours

You’ll usually work 40 to 48 hours a week in a shift pattern. Most firefighters work two day shifts followed by two night shifts, before having four days off. However, different services employ different duty systems, depending on their needs. When necessary, paid overtime is worked.

How many on call firefighters are there in the UK?

They provide cover to 90% of the area of the UK – there are 14,000 in England and Wales.

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Is it worth being an on-call firefighter?

Being an on-call firefighter means people become part of a close-knit team, gain a range of new skills, earn additional money which fits around existing jobs and commitments, while making a difference within the local community.

Do on-call firefighters get a pension?

The Government has now introduced the terms of the Retained Firefighters’ Pension Settlement that will offer pension entitlement for all employees who were employed as retained firefighters between the relevant period. If you joined after that date you are not eligible to join the scheme.

What do firefighters do when not fighting fires UK?

Firefighters sweep, mop, throw out the trash, dust, wash linens and windows, and clean the fire trucks. We also take care of small maintenance issues such as painting. Public Outreach – Firefighters often provide station tours for the public or speak at special events.

Can firefighters have tattoos UK?

Under Health and Safety, you will not be allowed to wear body piercings whilst being on operational duty. Tattoos are acceptable providing they are in no way offensive. If they are rude, racist, sexist, sectarian or homophobic, they will not be acceptable.

Do firefighters have to shave UK?

As a Firefighter you will be required to wear a facemask when you are wearing breathing apparatus. To ensure that the facemask forms a seal around the face, it is necessary to keep the face shaven to prevent any dangerous airborne chemicals entering the facemask.

Do firefighters sleep at the station UK?

If they are full time firefighters, yes. Outside of some really big cities where some firefighters might work 8 or 12 hours shifts, most full time firefighters work 24 hour shifts. This requires being able to sleep at the fire station.

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What do firefighters do on night shift UK?

Training, fire safety work, and some inspections are done during night shifts if crews are not responding to emergency calls.

What do firefighters do when not fighting fires?

When they are not on an active call, firefighters prepare written reports on emergency incidents, clean and maintain their equipment, conduct drills, and do fitness training. Many firefighters also provide public education on fire safety at schools and community events.

Do on call firefighters get a uniform?

On-call firefighters are expected to present themselves and dress in a professional manner whilst at work. A uniform that reflects the professional image of the fire and rescue service is provided and allows on-call firefighters to be appropriately dressed for the range of activities in which they are involved.

How long does it take to become an on call firefighter?

All trainee firefighters undergo a training programme of an initial three weeks when they start employment and then three remaining modules over an 18-month period. In the future we may be able to provide some of the three weeks initial training in a variety of flexible ways.