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All jobs > Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue > Whole Time Firefighter > Wholetime Firefighter > Retained Firefighter

Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue


Smoke kills...get out, call us out, stay out!
Dial 999 in an emergency.

Men and women at your local fire station may be called upon to deal with a range of emergencies including fires, floods, vehicle crashes, animal rescues, chemical spills and other incidents.
Recruitment poster

There are 2 different duty systems for firefighters in Oxfordshire and these are full time roles which we call Wholetime and part time roles which we call Retained Duty System or RDS.

Wholetime - available in 2011

Wholetime (full time duty system) firefighters work a rolling shift pattern at a fire station which is operated 24hrs a day. These shifts total around 42 hrs per week on average and include 2 day shifts and 2 night shifts. This involves staying on station for the whole shift (which is usually 9 or 14 hrs) unless performing duties off station.

Many RDS staff have caring employers who allow them out to respond to calls. Some staff are self employed and choose to respond that way. We pay our staff for each call and for training nights too.

Retained Duty System - available now

Retained Duty System (RDS) firefighters work differently. Each RDS member of staff has a retaining fee and is required to respond to station on receiving a fire call to their pager. RDS staff need to live or work close to a station and be ready to stop what they are doing in order to respond quickly.


We recruit for Wholetime firefighters approximately every 18 months to 2 years, our next Wholetime recruitment drive will be starting in 2011. Although this is some time away, it will allow you to prepare fully.

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Retained Duty System (RDS)

We recruit for RDS firefighters all year round depending on the station needs.

How to apply

To request an application pack, call our recruitment hotline number on 0800 5870 870 or to print an application pack complete this online form and press send.

Visit your local station without obligation

If you live or work close to a station and are interested, or would just like to find out more, please come along to your local station, without obligation, on the evening of their drill night.

Station contact details

StationDrill NightTime
01 BanburyTuesday19:00 - 21:00
02 Hook NortonWednesday19:00 - 21:00
03 Chipping NortonWednesday19:00 - 21:00
04 CharlburyWednesday19:00 - 21:00
05 WoodstockTuesday19:00 - 21:00
06 KidlingtonTuesday19:00 - 21:00
07 BicesterTuesday19:00 - 21:00
08 DeddingtonTuesday19:00 - 21:00
09 EynshamTuesday19:00 - 21:00
10 WitneyTuesday19:00 - 21:00
11 BurfordWednesday19:00 - 21:00
12 BamptonWednesday19:00 - 21:00
21 Rewley RoadTuesday19:00 - 21:00
22 AbingdonTuesday19:00 - 21:00
23 FaringdonWednesday19:00 - 21:00
24 WantageTuesday19:00 - 21:00
25 GoringTuesday19:00 - 21:00
26 HenleyWednesday19:00 - 21:00
27 ThameWednesday19:00 - 21:00
28 WheatleyWednesday19:00 - 21:00
29 WatlingtonWednesday19:00 - 21:00
30 SladeTuesday19:00 - 21:00
31 WallingfordWednesday19:00 - 21:00
32 DidcotTuesday19:00 - 21:00

What firefighters get out of it

There are many benefits including:

  • the opportunity to help your community in a direct practical way
  • help prevent fires as part of our community safety programme
  • being a highly trained breathing apparatus wearer, emergency driver and qualified first aid worker
  • reap the rewards of working in a team
  • being trained to a high standard and given the opportunity to lead teams in challenging situations
  • being paid well for your service.
What must I do?

To become a firefighter you must:

  • have a real wish to support the local community
  • have an enthusiasm and willingness to work in a team environment
  • have a reasonable level of physical fitness
  • be able to pass written entry tests
  • live or work within 4 minutes of a Fire Station or within 1&1/2 miles (for RDS firefighters only).
Fire gateway logo National information about becoming a firefighter

This site gives the national process for becoming a firefighter. You can also test your skills to see if you have what it takes using the online self-assessment. Please note that you cannot apply directly to us using Fire Gateway site.


Attaining the fitness standard required for a firefighter


Basic starting salary of almost 21,000 rising to 27,000.

Retained Duty System (RDS)

Retaining fee of around 1494 pa plus:

  • drill night fees
  • turn out fees
  • extra duties fees.
Hours and Benefits

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service finds that most employers are flexible when they find out that one of their team is interested in joining the service. The benefit to an employer of having an employee who has been trained by the Service in the area as a Firefighter and First Aider.

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This page was last updated on 30 October 2009
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