Being an On-Call Firefighter
Our On-Call Firefighters are a vital part of our service. They provide an efficient, effective and reliable service to their local communities.
As an On-Call Firefighter, you will work part-time going about your daily business until you receive an emergency call. If you’re on duty we will notify you by pager and you have 5 minutes to respond to your local Fire Station. It is an exciting and rewarding career, but it is very challenging.
You will deal with a full range of incidents including fires, floods, road traffic collisions, chemical spills and specialist rescues. You will also be involved in community education and fire prevention activities.
As a Trainee On-Call Firefighter, you will be required to complete a structured training programme which should be completed within a specified time period after commencement. This will involve a regular weekly training commitment at your local Fire Station (or District) and attendance at courses held at NIFRS Learning and Development Centre or other designated locations which will involve weekend training.
You will continue to develop and maintain the skills required by attending drill nights and training sessions.
You will have excellent promotion and development opportunities throughout your career and could progress to being an On-Call Crew Commander and then an On-Call Watch Commander.
Pay & Pension
As an On-Call Firefighter you will be paid an annual retainer each month along with payment for attending drill nights, emergency calls and training.
Firefighters have to work shifts, public holidays and could be stationed anywhere in Northern Ireland. You will work 1 of 3 contracts with different levels of commitment based on the hours of cover you can offer.
|A||Core Availability Requirements Monday to Sunday for 100 – 120 hours each week|
|B||Core Availability Requirements Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm for 40 – 50 hours each week|
|C||Core Availability Requirements Monday to Sunday for a minimum of 90 hours each week to include a minimum of 40 hours from Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm|
Here’s what our People say
To witness a group of well intentioned, but totally untrained individuals, turn into disciplined, driven and professional On-Call Firefighters working in teams to achieve an outcome in a few short weeks is impressive. That transformation doesn’t happen by accident. To see that training being conducted by our Instructors with such skill, expertise, devotion and dedication to duty exemplifies the very highest standards of Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service.
I always wanted to work in NIFRS. I have worked in both the Regional Control Centre and as an On-Call Firefighter in my local community. I am now beginning my new career path as a Wholetime Firefighter. I am lucky to have such a unique perspective and experience and think this helps me to better protect my community.
Trainee Wholetime Firefighter