Get the call - become a firefighter with AF&RS

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) is working with the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) as part of a campaign encouraging people to become on-call firefighters – especially in Blagdon, Winscombe and Yatton.

The awareness week runs from 2nd March and will highlight opportunities available in AF&RS while busting myths about what it takes to be a firefighter.

An on-call firefighter is someone who responds to a range of incidents; ranging from emergency calls, working at open days, carrying out work with their local communities and acting as an ambassador for the fire service.

On-call firefighters come from every walk of life, including homemakers, shopkeepers, builders, farmers, office workers and directors of companies, together with people who are not currently employed.

Previous experience is not required as full training is provided throughout your career with AF&RS.

An on-call firefighter could be called out two or three times a week, for a few hours at a time. The on-call hours are based around people’s availability and other commitments.

To be an on-call firefighter, you must:

  • Have a strong desire to support the local community
  • Be enthusiastic about working as part of a team
  • Have a reasonable level of personal fitness
  • Live or/and work within 5 minutes of your local fire station

David Hodges, On-Call Group Manager for AF&RS, said: "On-call firefighters are an integral part of our service and community. We are keen to encourage anyone with the right skills to find out about what they can offer us and in return, what the fire service can offer you."

For more about being an on-call firefighter and to sign up for updates, please visit

AF&RS is also welcoming those interested to visit their local station to talk directly to On-Call Firefighters. Please contact us to arrange.