West Yorkshire to recruit more ‘on call’ firefighters

Retained Firefighter Wendy Walker of Mytholmroyd Fire Station
Retained Firefighter Wendy Walker of Mytholmroyd Fire Station

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is now taking applications for on-call firefighters.

Firefighters are required to work on a standby basis to provide daytime cover across Featherstone, Slaithwaite, Mirfield, Ilkley, Otley, Silsden and Mytholmroyd.

For the first time, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is in a position to consider more flexible on-call contracts in the hope that this will give people with family and other work commitments, from all sections of the community, an opportunity to apply.

On-call firefighters are paid to work on a standby system, sometimes as a second job.

They must live or work within one mile of the fire station or be able to reach their station within five minutes of receiving an emergency call. The recruiting stations need daytime cover between 8am and 5pm.

On-call firefighters respond from either work or home. They are called to their local station from where they respond to an emergency. Their training and the range of incidents on-call firefighters attend is exactly the same as their wholetime colleagues, who are based at a fire station 24 hours a day.

WYFRS is not recruiting wholetime firefighters at this time. For more information, call the brigade’s HR department on 01274 473793 or visit www.westyorksfire.gov.uk/careers

The deadline for applications is December 15.