Reserve Firefighters

Based at:            Various locations across the Avon area
Contract:            Casual
Hours:                Zero hour contract
Salary:                £11.05 per hour (plus annual retention payments)
Closing date:     30 September 2022

We have a number of vacancies for Reserve Firefighters to be trained in basic defensive fire fighting. These staff will only be used to provide resilience support during any periods of unforeseen staff shortages which will include periods of strike action.  You will provide an invaluable role and will help to keep our communities safe.  The job is extremely rewarding and you will gain a wide range of skills and training which we hope will assist in your personal development.

It is important to note that in most cases there is not an ongoing need to use Reserve Firefighters and therefore there will be significant ongoing periods of time when you will not be called upon to work. 

You will be required to attend an initial three day basic training programme (dates to be confirmed) and will also be expected to attend 2 days refresher training every year (one every 6 months) plus a training exercise each year. Training is paid at the standard hourly rate and the dates will be published in advance for you to book a place to suit your availability. 

Applicants must live within the Avon Fire & Rescue Service area or within a 25 mile radius of our boundary. No travel or accommodation expenses will be paid for work shifts. You must possess a driving licence and have access to your own transport. An LGV driving licence would be an advantage but is not essential as additional training in blue light driving will be provided to those who are selected as Drivers.  If you possess managerial or leadership experience this would also be an advantage and we will provide additional training to some candidates to enable them to assume the role of operational incident managers.    

Upon successful completion of the basic training course you will be issued a casual contract of employment. You will normally be given a minimum of seven days’ notice of any work or training commitments. We do not guarantee to provide work as Reserve Firefighters will only be called upon in exceptional situations if we experience any unexpected shortfalls in staffing. 

You must have a high level of physical strength and fitness, work well as part of a team be able to follow instructions and remain calm under pressure. The training is intensive and requires the ability to acquire and retain technical information, follow clear instructions and carry out practical tests including putting up ladders, rolling out hose and carrying equipment. The ideal candidate will have a balance of academic and practical skills and be able to communicate effectively.   There is no upper age limit but you must be aged 18 before the start of your firefighter training.

General information

The selection process will include a range of practical physical tests to assess your ability to utilise and work with fire service equipment in a safe and controlled manner.  You will also undergo a fitness and strength test and an informal interview.  Successful applicants will be required to complete our medical process. Job offers will be made to applicants who pass all stages of the selection process. Please note that working as a Reserve Firefighter does not give you priority access into any other vacancies within Avon Fire & Rescue Service but will provide you with a basic insight into the operational role.

How to apply:

Complete the application form below and return to Human Resources by emailing your application to CVs will be accepted.

Alternatively, completed applications can be printed and posted to Human Resources, Avon Fire & Rescue Service Headquarters, Valley Road, Portishead, Bristol BS20 8JJ.

Closing date 30 September 2022.  We have a number of vacancies and will assess applications as they are received. 

For further information please contact Human Resources on 01179 262061 or email

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