Volunteer duty system for on call firefighters

Find out what a volunteer duty system is and if it is for you

The role

On call firefighters carry a pager and deliver community safety programmes and perform firefighting, rescue and other activities to resolve incidents.

There are 43 volunteer stations, of which 9 are Community Response Units (CRUs), based within the Highland Area, manned by volunteer firefighters. CRU units are trained to respond to and deal with heath and forestry fires and in some cases, road traffic collisions and community fire safety activities, such as Home Fire Safety Visits.

How much commitment is involved?

For an on call firefighter on the volunteer duty system, you are required to turn out in response to a fire call as quickly as possible, in accordance with your agreed level of availability.

Your agreed schedule of availability is flexible and is determined by the needs of the Community Fire Station and your Unit Manager or Station Commander will confirm and discuss the requirements with you.

What if I have another job?

You can still apply! Our on call firefighters come from every walk of life and balance their existing job or personal commitments around the role.

If employed, you must have the express permission of your employer to allow you to be released for on call firefighter duties. Please ensure that you discuss your application with your employer (if applicable).

We are mindful of employers’ needs and have developed a guide for employers. We can also talk to you employer to explain the commitment required so they know what to expect.

Pay and benefits

The standardisation of on call firefighter terms and conditions is subject to ongoing negotiations.

Currently legacy terms and conditions continue to be applied and these vary. For further details on pay and benefits can be found in the Volunteer Duty System Terms and Conditions document. 

Register your interest

We are committed to helping you prepare for and will support you throughout the recruitment process. Our pre-recruitment engagement programme will provide you with a

  • full appreciation of the service
  • the expectations at station level
  • more information about the role itself

The registration process is open all year round. You can apply at My Job Scotland.

Before you apply, take the time to read all the information available within this section of the website. Particularly in relation to the role and the medical and fitness requirements.

The SFRS recognise and celebrate the vast diversity of the local communities of Scotland that we serve and aspire for this to be reflected within our workforce. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds, experience and beliefs, who share “Our Values” and want to make a difference in the community.

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