Become an on-call firefighter

On call firefighter

Could this be you?

Have you ever thought of helping your local community or doing something else on the side? then 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 to 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 will have a varied role in supporting your community by:

  • Delivering community fire safety - visiting schools, youth clubs and other organisations offering advice to the local community
  • Responding to fires, road, rail or air collisions, widespread flooding and emergencies that may involve hazardous materials
  • Other duties including fire hydrant inspections, equipment maintenance and testing and general station routines

You can earn between £11.51 to £17.14 per hour depending on the role (plus a retaining fee and turnout fee).


You must be able to respond within 4 to 7 minutes of an alarm, on foot or by vehicle at normal road speeds to your local on-call fire station and be available to respond for 54 hours a week.

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

Visit a station

We recommend that you join your local fire station at one of their training evenings. There is no obligation to join, just turn up and have a chat to the firefighters as this will provide us with an opportunity to:

  • meet you and show you round the station
  • speak to the crew
  • get a better understanding of what is involved in the role

Want to know more?

For more information, visit the On-Call firefighter web page or watch the video below.

The Surrey Fire and Rescue team would love to hear from you. If you think you could be the next leader in your community, visit the recruitment web page to apply to become an On-Call firefighter.

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