Staff promoting fire safety

Hours and Pay

Hours

On-Call Firefighters provide ‘on-call’ cover for an agreed number of hours a week (referred to as their ‘availability’); they carry an alerter and must be able to get to the fire station typically within five minutes of a call during their agreed hours of availability. Many on-call Firefighters respond to emergency calls from home and others, respond from their place of work with agreement from their employers.

In addition to providing on-call hours, On-call firefighters are required to attend drill nights once a week. Drill nights last for three hours and this time is used to develop skills and training.

On-Call Firefighters are required to be available to respond to a fire station within five minutes of being called and it is only in exceptional circumstances that the Service can extend this response time. One of the factors that would allow the discretionary extension of response times is the current staffing levels in each station and the station location, however, the Service has to consider all risks and resilience options available on an individual basis.

If you have other permanent employment then you must discuss your application with your main employer and gain their agreement fo you to undertake the role of an On-Call Firefighter. This applies even if you will not be providing cover during your normal working hours.

Pay

On-Call Firefighters commence on a trainee rate of pay and will progress to development rate of pay on successful completion of the initial On-Call training course. Pay will remain at development rate of pay until deemed competent in the role. The average time for a firefighter in development to achieve competence is between 18 and 24 months.

Rates of pay for development and competent On-Call Firefighters from 1st July 2021. 

Pay

Development Rate of Pay

Competent Rate of Pay

Annual retaining fee (paid on a monthly basis)

Fully retained* - £2,520 per annum

Semi retained** - £1,890 per annum

Fully retained* - £3,224 per annum

Semi retained** - £2,418 per annum

Training and development fee
(for 3 hours attendance at drill night)

£34.53 per drill night

£44.16 per drill night

Turnout fee
(rate payable for the first 1 hour and 15 minutes of attendance at an incident)

£15.75 per turnout

£18.96 per turnout

Hourly rate
(rate payable in 15 minute blocks of £3.68 after the first 1 hour and 15 minutes of attendance at an incident)

£11.51 per hour

£14.72 per hour

Attendance fee
(rate payable for attending the fire station in an acceptable response time, but not required to attend the incident)

£10.00 per hour

£11.60 per attendance

 

Fully On-Call – the annual retaining fee is paid to On-Call Firefighters who offer on average 120 hours or more availability per week. 

Semi On-Call – the annual retaining fee is paid to On-Call Firefighters who offer on average less than 120 hours availability per week.

 

 

 

 

 

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