On call Retained Firefighters: Bryher



An on-call firefighter is a paid person employed by the fire and rescue service who is ‘on call’ to respond to a range of emergencies and to engage with their community. They have everyday lives and jobs, until their pager sounds - then they become professional firefighters.

The work may be called ‘part-time’, but on-call firefighters are trained and experienced people on the front line, saving lives and protecting people and community assets. On-call firefighters are paid for their services, they receive thorough training and learn all they need to know about emergency situations as well as additional personal skills. 

On-call firefighters come from all areas of the community. For example, they could be men and women who are at home, in full or part-time employment, working for themselves or not currently employed. They are exceptional people who give their time to assist the fire and rescue service and help protect their communities. 

There is no doubt it is a demanding role, but in return offers the chance to make a real contribution. You will form close working relationships with the other members of the team, essential when dealing with an emergency, and further enhanced by other aspects of the role such as attending community events.

On-call firefighters do not just fight fires, they are involved in a wide variety of situations ranging from community fire safety, flooding, co-responding, road accidents and chemical spills to retrieving animals from awkward situations.

You don’t need previous experience as we provide a comprehensive training programme. What is important is that you are enthusiastic and can meet certain essential requirements. Crucially, you must be able to reach the fire station quickly and safely after being alerted to an incident. This can be physically demanding and therefore physical fitness is of utmost importance.

Please note: To be eligible to apply you must work and/or live within 4 minutes to the Fire Station, if you do not meet this criteria your application will be automatically rejected

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applicants regardless of gender, race, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or age.


You must not canvass members of the council in relation to your application. This means you must not seek the support of Elected Members/Officers or attempt to ask them to influence the outcome regarding your application (if you do, your application will be disqualified)

If you require this document in an alternative language, in larger text, Braille, easy read, or in audio format please email humanresources@scilly.gov.uk or telephone 0300 1234 105.

Business Unit: 
Fire & Rescue
£2,337 Retainer fee per annum, Plus £10.67 per hour in attendance of calls and a £4.10 Disturbance fee
Closing Date: 
Monday, 28 September, 2020 - 1pm
Application Pack: 
Additional Information: 

Application Form
Advertisement Monitoring
Equal Opportunities Monitoring
Guidance Notes
Isles of Scilly Information Sheet
Job Applicant Privacy Notice
Recruitment and Selection Policy

Please submit completed applications to humanresources@scilly.gov.uk or:
HR Officer
Council of the Isles of Scilly
Town Hall
St Mary's
Isles of Scilly
TR21 0NA

Please note that canvassing of Members or Officers will disqualify you from consideration.

If you require this application pack in an alternative language, in larger text, Braille, easy read or in an audio format, please email diversity@scilly.gov.uk or telephone 0300 1234 105.