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On Call Firefighters

The retained and volunteer duty system is a service for the community, provided by the community and we could not keep Scotland safe without our dedicated On Call crews.

On Call Firefighters are not based at a fire station. They carry a pager and respond to emergency incidents as and when they happen from home or their place of work (with employer permission). They receive an annual wage to reflect the time they commit to being available plus additional payments for attending incidents and drill nights (one evening a week).

Being a firefighter is a physical job however, just as important are qualities like common sense, commitment and enthusiasm. There are several steps involved in the recruitment process, designed to assess your potential to carry out this challenging role. Full information about the recruitment process is detailed within the Recruitment Information Pack,.

We aim to support you throughout your recruitment journey. Once you have registered your application, the local station team will offer you guidance and will support you in your preparations to undertake the fitness and practical selection tests via our Pre-Recruitment Engagement Programme.


You don’t need any formal qualifications or experience but must meet the following criteria:

  • Be eligible to work in the UK and be aged 18 or over (at date of application);
  • Live or work generally within 5-8 minutes* of the station you’re applying for;
  • Be willing to commit to the full recruitment process, including practical selection tests and fitness tests;
  • Be willing respond to emergency calls via a pager from home or your place of work at any time of the day or night;
  • Have the express permission of your primary employer (where relevant) to become an On Call Firefighter;
  • Be committed to providing an important emergency service within your community;
  • Be committed to attend a two or three hour training session at your local fire station one night per week; and
  • Be available to attend a two-week training course designed to provide you with the basic training needed to start your role as an On Call Firefighter.
    *The response time can vary depending on the needs of the station

Successful candidates will be subject to a Disclosure Scotland PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) criminal record check.

If you decide to apply, we would advise candidates to check their e-mail account that they provided for their MyJobScotland application regularly, particularly their “Junk” e-mail and “Spam” folders as some servers are automatically diverting to these.

Vacancy details will change on a regular basis and so we would advise prospective candidates to review the details on the MyJobScotland website to identify whether they would meet the response time requirements for any of the stations advertised.

If you or anyone you know may be interested in becoming a On Call Firefighter you can get in touch with your local station and they will be happy to discuss the application process and the role.

If you would like to apply in a different format, please contact the Resourcing team at