Support your local community and earn a second income

Split image of person wearing firefighter clothes and primary work clothesPeople living and working across North Somerset are invited to give something positive back to the community by becoming a paid on-call firefighter.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) is looking to recruit a number of on-call staff to help provide cover at stations including Blagdon, Winscombe and Yatton.

On-call firefighters use the same fire engines and equipment as their ‘wholetime’ (full-time) colleagues.

The main difference is that on-call firefighters provide support from their home or workplace, rather than a fire station, all while developing skills that helps both them and their primary employer.

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 and/or work within 5 minutes of your local fire station.

David Hodges, On-Call Group Manager for AF&RS, said:"If you want more, this could be the opportunity for you.

“Becoming an on-call firefighter puts you at the forefront of providing emergency response within your community.

“On-call firefighters are an integral part of our Service and we are keen to encourage anyone with the right potential and mind-set to find out more about what the fire service can offer you."

Luke Lyons, On-Call Firefighter at Winscombe, added:“It’s great being an on-call firefighter for your community.

“You learn lots of new skills and get paid for doing what you love by helping people that need you in a time of crisis.”

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

The website also gives advice to employers and demonstrates how having on-call firefighters within their business can bring advantages. These include health and safety and medical response training, as well as developing situational awareness, leadership skills and the ability to work well under pressure.

AF&RS is welcoming both potential on-call firefighters and interested businesses to contact their local station to talk directly to on-call firefighters. Please contact us to arrange.