Hours and Pay

Hours

On-call Firefighters provide ‘on call’ cover for an agreed number of hours a week (referred to as their ‘availability’); they carry a pager and must be able to get to the fire station within five minutes of a call during their agreed hours of availability.  Many on-call Firefighters respond to emergency calls from home and others, with agreement from their employers, respond from their place of work.

In addition to providing on-call hours, on-call Firefighters are required to attend drill nights once a week. Drill nights last for three hours and this time is used to develop skills and training.

On-call Firefighters are required to be available to respond to a fire station within five minutes of being called and it is only in exceptional circumstances that the Service can extend this response time. One of the factors that would allow the discretionary extension of response times is the current staffing levels in each station and the station location, however, the Service has to consider all risks and resilience options available on an individual basis.

If you have other permanent employment then you must discuss your application with your main employer and gain their agreement to your duties as a firefighter. This applies even if you will not be providing cover during your normal working hours.

Pay

Rates of pay for competent On-call Firefighters from 1st July 2017. 

Annual Retaining Fee

£2,993 Fully on-call or £2,244 Semi on-call per annum (see below)

Training and Development Fee

£41.01 per drill night (3 hours attendance)

Turnout Fee                       (includes disturbance pay)

£17.61 per turnout (payable for the first 1 hour and 15 minutes of attendance at an incident)

Hourly Rate

£13.67 per hour (payable in 15 minute blocks of £3.42 after the first 1 hour and 15 minutes of attendance at an incident)

Attendance Fee

£10.78 per attendance (payable for attending the station in an acceptable response time, but not being required to attend an incident)

 

Fully On-call – This Annual Retaining Fee is paid to On-call Firefighters who offer 120 hours or more availability per week. 

Semi On-call – This Annual Retaining Fee is paid to On-call Firefighters who offer less than 120 hours availability per week.

 

 

 

 

 

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