Retained firefighters are professional firefighters who are on-call for a specified number of hours each week to respond to emergency calls within their local area.
Many retained firefighters have full-time employment outside of their duties as firefighters.
Do they do the same work as whole-time firefighters?
Retained firefighters are contracted for two hours per week to attend training sessions, as well as additional hours per week to be available on-call to attend emergency call-outs and to deliver community safety work.
You can combine this with doing another job. However, retained firefighters must live no further than five minutes travel time from their local fire station and must be able to give the level of availability required.
Why should I consider becoming a retained firefighter?
Being a firefighter is an inspiring job.
You will perform essential services for your community and have the chance to develop experience and skills in team working, management and leadership through a variety of training opportunities.
Furthermore, you will be paid for any emergency incidents you are called to and for your involvement in community safety activities.
Becoming a retained firefighter is a fulfilling way to add extra skills and money to your life, as well as a sense of achievement in providing an invaluable service to your own community.
How often do we recruit retained firefighters?
Training courses for new retained firefighters are run two or three times per year and trainees are drawn from a pool of successful candidates, based on the fire stations that have vacancies at that time.
How do I apply?
If you have the flexibility and commitment we’re looking for, and would like more information, please contact us or visit your local fire station.
If you would like to apply to be a retained duty fire fighter, then please click here
to download a copy of the application form.
Useful documents for applicants