Published on 03.08.2022

Become an on-call firefighter in Alnwick

Firefighting is not like any other job. It can be unpredictable, exciting and rewarding, not to mention the satisfaction and respect you get from providing a crucial service to your local community. You will learn new skills that no other job will teach you, including how to deal with fires of all kinds.

A busy station, Alnwick attends almost 400 call-outs every year, dealing with a range of incidents such as road traffic collisions, animal rescues, automatic fire alarms and providing assistance to North East Ambulance Service and Northumbria Police.

To join us at Alnwick as an on-call firefighter you must be at least 17 and a half years old, live or work within eight minutes of the fire station and be able to respond at a moment’s notice when your pager goes off. There is no upper age limit, but you do have to be physically fit and able to pass our fitness assessments. On-call firefighters come from every walk of life and no previous experience is required, due to the comprehensive training programme you will undertake. The training standard is the same as for wholetime firefighters, and you get paid for your service too.

Alnwick’s firefighters attend a drill night on a Monday, where we take part in training exercises and carry out essential equipment maintenance. We also go out into our local community to help reduce the risk of fires and other incidents by running fire safety and young driver events in local schools and for community groups. In addition, we undertake safety and wellbeing visits to the most vulnerable members of our community, making sure everyone is kept as safe as possible.

We give between 50 and 120 on-call hours per week, depending on the contract you take when you join. You won’t spend all this time working for us, it’s just the time you are available to be called out if there is an incident. You can choose when you want to provide cover – daytime, evening, weekends or a combination of the three to fit in with your and the station’s requirements.

Although it sounds like a big commitment, many people successfully balance their on-call duties with another day job. Some are self-employed whilst others have permission from their employer to leave work for short periods of time during the day if necessary.

The service is as committed to your development as you are. You can become a fully competent firefighter after successful completion of your 30-month development period and you will have opportunities to become an LGV driver, advanced trauma carer and/or incident commander, to name but a few.

For further information and an application form please visit our website

If you would prefer an informal chat in person, we’d love to welcome you on a Monday evening between 7 and 9 pm. You will find us at Blackthorn Close in the Lionheart Enterprise Park behind the waste management centre.