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All jobs > Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue > Retained (Part-time) Firefighter > Retained Firefighter

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue

Retained Firefighters

The job

As a retained firefighter you can play a vital role in your local community while continuing with your primary employment and career. It is a highly worthwhile way to use your available spare time. In doing so you will be paid, meet new colleagues, develop new friendships and acquire a range of new skills.

Most retained firefighters are based in rural areas and will crew one or two appliances at a solely retained fire station. However, some are based in urban areas on stations alongside wholetime crews. Some retained firefighters also crew special appliances such as hydraulic platforms, water carriers and off-road vehicles. Retained fire crews will be called upon to attend the full range of incidents including fires, floods, road traffic collisions, chemical spills and more, and work alongside their wholetime colleagues at many incidents.

This is your chance to take on a vital role on behalf of your local community without having to change the way you live or work. Operating on an on-call basis, you will respond to emergency incidents as part of your retained firefighter role.

The salary

Retained firefighters are paid a monthly retaining fee and in addition hourly payments plus appropriate disturbance allowances for actual hours worked. These amounts will depend on your role – Firefighter, Crew Manager or Watch Manager – and the hours you are available and actually work.

Can you meet the challenge?

Firefighters are highly trained, skilled individuals who have the fitness and stamina to keep working when the going gets tough. You must be able to demonstrate that you:

  • Are able to get to the fire station within five minutes of being alerted – whether from home or work.

  • Work effectively as part of a team.

  • Are able to communicate with all members of the community.

  • Have a logical approach to problems.

  • Can meet the Fire and Rescue Service's medical standards for eyesight, colour vision, hearing, lung function and general fitness.

  • Have the permission of your primary employer.

The recruitment process

The recruitment process comprises ability and physical assessments, interview and medical examination. Successful candidates will attend monthly weekend training courses, consolidation training and weekly drill nights at their respective fire station.

The stations highlighted in bold are currently recruiting. If you feel you meet our standards and are interested in a role as a retained firefighter at one of the stations which is recruiting, click on it below and it will open up an email for you to send to the Station Manager who will contact you to discuss your interest in the job.

Amersham | Aylesbury | Beaconsfield | Bletchley | Brill | Broughton
Buckingham | Chesham | Great Holm | Great Missenden | Haddenham
High Wycombe | Marlow | Olney | Princes Risborough | Stokenchurch
Waddesdon | Winslow

For general enquiries about a career as a retained firefighter with Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority, please email

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