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Cornwall Fire and Rescue

Retained Firefighter

Last updated: 22/02/2010 Add to My Bookmarks

Recruitment - Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

Retained Firefighter

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Local emergency services form an important part of any community. They are there to protect and help us whenever they are needed, and can get help to us in a very short space of time. Firefighters in particular do a whole range of jobs, varying from attending fires to helping at all sorts of incidents. They might be called to floods, road accidents or chemical spills. When an emergency happens, wouldn't you like to be able to help your friends and neighbours in a very real and practical way? You would get paid for doing it, too! If you are interested, read on.

The Retained Fire Service

The retained fire service are people who do ordinary jobs, but are ready to go to a 'shout' the moment that a call comes. They might be builders or shopkeepers, farmers or plumbers, clerical assistants or technicians. But when the call comes, they become part of a dedicated team ready to face any emergency. They may be 'part-time', but they are trained and capable people in the front line, saving lives and making headlines.

There is a shortage at the moment of people who will turn out and help in an emergency. This is particularly true in small towns and rural areas because nowadays there are fewer people who live and work in their local towns and villages. You might be just the person to fill the gap.

Don't believe everything you hear about the fire service. Firefighters come from all sections of the community, although its a tough job and you need to be able to demonstrate the necessary skills and experience to be an operational firefighter. We are particularly keen for more women to join. So, what do you have to do to join these people?

You may like to view the following PDF files:

Could I be a Firefighter?

First of all, you need to live or work somewhere near a fire station, because you have to be able to get there within four minutes of a call. Locate your nearest Community Fire Station

Download the PDF document - PDF icon Guide for Applicants

Secondly, because we can't predict when you'll be called out, you have to be flexible in your work. The chances are that you'll be working for yourself or for a community-minded employer who can let you off from time to time.

To apply to join the service you don't need any paper qualifications. You will need to be able to demonstrate the necessary skills and experience to be an operational firefighter by undertaking a process of assessments.

What do I get out of it?

Apart from the excitement, the challenge and the satisfaction of a job well done, you learn to be more self-reliant and confident. After all, if you can cope in a real emergency, you are ready for anything else which life might throw at you. You will meet a lot of people in your local community and earn their confidence and respect.

You will also get training in the use of equipment, and in other more general skills like first aid. These will be useful to you in your main job, whatever that is.

Added to all this, you get paid! You get paid a basic retainer, a fee for call outs and another for going into action. You get paid for drill nights and duties like equipment maintenance.

Watch the recruitment Videos

If you have problems viewing the videos below, please call the Recruitment Hotline: 01872 323758 and we will happily send you a free DVD.

Equal Opportunities

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is an Equal Opportunities employer. We are committed to the principles of fairness and equality. Applications are welcomed from all men and women who are able to demonstrate the necessary skills and experience to be an operational firefighter.

If you are accepted for a job in the Fire and Rescue Service, you will be entitled to, and receive, equal consideration in matters of training and promotion.

Join the team

There is a special kind of bond among firefighters. It comes from working together as a team in conditions which can be hazardous. That helps bind you together as few other jobs could.

If you think you've got what it takes to join the team, contact your local brigade for more details. The address is in the phone book. Or call in at your local station where you can talk to the people already doing the job and find out what life as a firefighter is really like.

How to apply

If you wish to become a retained firefighter please contact us on the Recruitment Hotline: 01872 323758

This will be an answer phone service, wait for the tone and at the beginning of your call state that you require a 'retained pack'. Leave your name and address, speaking slowly and clearly, spelling any words as necessary.

You will be sent an application form and information pack, which includes a copy of the guide for applicants undergoing selection tests.

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