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What is an on-call firefighter and do you have what it takes?

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service is supporting a national campaign encouraging more people to become On-Call firefighters.

The week-long #NeedMore campaign, championed by the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), launched this week and will run in conjunction with SWFRS’ successful ongoing recruitment campaign #BeMore.

Highlighting opportunities in the Fire and Rescue Service, while busting myths about what it takes to be a firefighter, the campaign will be supported by national website – www.oncallfire.uk– which encourages people to get in touch with their local Fire and Rescue Service for details of how to apply.

The role of an On-Call firefighter is a challenging and rewarding job, responding to emergency calls, supporting a range of activity to benefit the local community and acting as a positive ambassador for the Fire and Rescue 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 and previous experience is not needed to apply.

The on-call hours are based around an applicant’s availability and other commitments they may have in their day to day life.

To be an On-Call Firefighter, you must:

  • Live or/and work within five minutes of your local fire station
  • Have a strong desire to support the local community.
  • Be enthusiastic about working as part of a team.
  • Be able to meet the fitness and medical requirements.

To find out more about becoming an On-Call Firefighter, get in touch with your local Fire and Rescue Service via www.oncallfire.uk. The website also gives advice to employers around the advantages to having On-Call Firefighters within their business, including health and safety and medical response training, as well as developing situational awareness, leadership skills and the ability to work under pressure.

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For details of South Wales Fire and Rescue Stations which are currently recruiting please visit: https://www.southwales-fire.gov.uk/en-GB/firefighter-role/latest-vacancies/firefighter-on-call/

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