Become an on-call firefighter with SFRS

Help your community when they need it the most

Have you ever wanted to join the fire service and help your local community? Being an on-call firefighter might be the right opportunity for you.

What is an on-call Firefighter?

Working as a firefighter in an on-call capacity requires dedicated people who give above and beyond their normal workday to protect their local community. You may have other commitments or full-time employment outside of the fire service but able respond to emergency calls within your local area as and when required.

You can earn between £11.51 to £17.14 per hour depending on the role (plus a retaining fee and turnout fee), you will help with a range of incidents. Be there for your community by delivering community fire safety visits to schools, youth clubs and other organisations.


You must be able respond within four to seven minutes of a pager, on foot or by vehicle at normal road speeds to your local on-call fire station.

You must be able to attend training once a week, these are call drill nights which helps to maintain competencies and skills.

On-call Stations turn in time

  • Four Minutes: Chobham, Cranleigh, Godalming, Guildford, Haslemere, Walton, and Oxted
  • Seven Minutes: Dunsfold, Gomshall, and Lingfield


There is no difference in the expectation or the standards of training if you would join us in a on call capacity, but we recognise that delivery of training may need to be administered differently to appreciate your other commitments.

The initial training involved to become an on-call Firefighter includes:

  • core skills training
  • breathing apparatus training
  • road traffic collision training

If you want to find out more information about visit the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service on-call careers web page. Or you can pop into your local fire station and have a chat with our firefighters, they will be able to get to know you better and show you around the station.

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