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On call firefighters recruitment

Coronavirus update

Subject to the ongoing situation, it's essential that we continue recruiting safely. Therefore, interviews and communication will be virtual wherever possible and this will be communicated to you directly by the hiring manager.

Please also expect that advert closing dates and interview dates may change as required. We still continue to welcome applications for our current roles and wish you the best of luck with your application.

We would welcome applications especially for our most critical roles to ensure we're supporting our residents

What is an On-Call Firefighter?

An On-Call Firefighter's role is the same as that of a Wholetime Firefighter, with exception to salary and certain conditions of service. Both deal with a range of emergency situations:

  • fires,
  • road, rail or air collisions,
  • widespread flooding and other water rescue incidents, and
  • emergencies that may involve hazardous materials.

An On-Call Firefighter may have full-time employment outside of the fire service, but respond to emergency calls within their local area as and when required.

They also work hard to educate and inform the community about the dangers of fire. This is an integral part of the job and an On-Call Firefighter visits schools, youth clubs and other organisations offering advice to the local community on fire safety.

As an On-Call Firefighter you will have the opportunity to carry out additional duties such as, community fire safety, fire hydrant inspections, equipment maintenance and testing and general station routines. These duties are in addition to responding to emergencies for which you will receive a retaining fee, turnout fee and additional hourly rate payments. The range of duties and opportunities to earn more are expanding.

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You must be:

  • You can apply at the age of 17 years and 6 months, but you have to be at least 18 years of age to join. There is currently no upper age limit.
  • Live and/or work between four to eight minutes from an On-Call Fire Station. Times are station dependent so please see the list below for the times for each station.
  • You must be able respond within five to eight minutes of an alarm, on foot or by vehicle at normal road speeds
  • You must be physically fit for this role.

Recruitment opportunities

We are urgently recruiting for On Call Firefighters for the following locations:

Expression of interest form

To register your interest in becoming an On-Call Firefighter, please complete and submit the online form. This form is only for the position of an On-Call Firefighter.

Submitted forms will not be accepted as applying for the position of Wholetime Firefighter. For details about Wholetime Firefighter recruitment please see our Wholetime Firefighters webpage.

You will learn new skills and could gain qualifications including First Aid or Large Goods Vehicle Licence. You'll be providing a vital service to fellow residents and businesses in your community - doing your bit to make Surrey safer.

Also, why not call in at your local fire station on one of their training evenings. There is no obligation to join; just turn up and have a chat to the firefighters to find our what it is like to be an On-Call Firefighter.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we particularly welcome applications from under represented groups of the community. Please see our webpage: Equality and diversity, for more information.

In line with the requirements of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996, all candidates applying for positions with Surrey Fire and Rescue Service must be eligible to live and work in the United Kingdom. Documented evidence of eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment and selection process.

Please see the following for more information:

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Your working week

It is essential that you live or work within four minutes of an On-Call Fire Station.

You decide what hours you can provide cover for and when you are available, you will be notified of an emergency via your pager and will need to make your way to the station.

As we are unable to predict when you will be called out you need to be flexible. Ideally you will be able to provide cover 24 hours per day on a regular basis either from your home or place of work. Alternatively, you may be a 'part-time' or shift worker who could provide regular daytime cover when required, as well as night.

There are seven On-Call Fire Stations across Surrey and three of our Wholetime Fire Stations also have On-Call Firefighters. These firefighters work on a part time basis.


The job is physically demanding and you will require a medical examination to assess your fitness, eyesight and hearing.

The initial training involved to become an On-Call Firefighter is carried out over four weekends, this is split up as follows:

  • five days core skills training (long weekend)
  • eight days breathing apparatus training (two long weekends)
  • five days road traffic collision training (long weekend)

You'll then start your "on the job" training at Station, learning about the community and the risks surrounding your Station, and showing competence in those areas learnt at the Training Centre. This stage usually takes up to two years, during which you will be working towards an NVQ qualification. When you successfully complete it, you will be "signed off" as a competent firefighter.

Training also continues throughout your career as a firefighter. After initial training, you will be required to attend one drill night per week for between three to five hours and additional training courses to develop specialist.

Once the 10 month probationary service has been satisfactorily completed, your permanent appointment will be confirmed.

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On-Call Fire Stations and training evenings

StationAddress Training eveningTime
Chobham Bagshot Road, Chobham Thursday 7pm to 10pm
Cranleigh Dewlands Lane, Cranleigh Thursday 7pm to 10pm
Dunsfold Binhams Meadow, Dunsfold Thursday 7pm to 10pm
Godalming Bridge Road, Godalming Tuesday 7pm to 10pm
Gomshall Goose Green, Gomshall Tuesday 7pm to 10pm
Guildford Ladymead, Guildford Tuesday 7pm to 10pm
Haslemere West Street, Haslemere Tuesday 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Lingfield Saxby's Lane, Lingfield Monday 7.30pm to 10.30pm
Oxted Potters Sandpit, Oxted Thursday 7.30pm to 10.30pm
Walton Hersham Road, Walton-on-Thames Thursday 7pm to 10pm

Locations of our fire stations

Please see the map below for locations of our fire stations or alternatively, please see our list of fire stations.

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