Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service - on-call firefighters recruitment

We are currently not recruiting on-call firefighters. However if you are interested in becoming an on call firefighter, please contact Kasey Grainger, the on call recruitment officer, e-mail for information about future vacancies.

On-call firefighters are a vital part of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service; working in towns or villages, from home or their place of work. On average, you could be called out 2 or 3 times a week for a couple of hours. It's not a problem if you aren't available all of the time.

On Call Firefighter Information (PDF 52kb)


  • You must be 18 or older, and live or work within 5 minutes of a fire station.

  • You'll need enthusiasm, willingness to work in a team environment and a desire to support your local community.

  • Retaining fee starting at £ 2,224 a year for trainee and rising up to £ 2,964 a year for competent firefighter providing cover of 120 hours a week. The annual retainer fee for providing cover of less than 120 hours a week is £ 1,737 for a firefighter developing their skills, rising to £ 2,223 when competent.

  • Full training in the core skills of a role as a firefighter.

  • Four weeks paid leave a year, rising to five weeks of annual leave after five years of continual service.

  • Membership of the Firefighters' Pension Scheme 2015 is automatic for all new entrants.