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On Call Firefighter (South and Vale Area) OFRS516610

Job Details


Salary range: Dependant on the station and number of fire calls each year, you can receive between £5,000 and £9,000 per annum

Work location: South and Vale Area, Oxfordshire

Hours per week: Minimum of 2 hours per week

Contract type: Permanent



Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service currently has On Call Firefighter (On Call part-time) vacancies at the following Fire Stations within the South/Vale area:


  • Abingdon
  • Didcot - currently does not have any vacancies and will not be recruiting for the foreseeable future
  • Faringdon
  • Goring
  • Henley on Thames
  • Thame
  • Wallingford
  • Wantage 
  • Watlington
  • Wheatley



On Call Duty System Firefighters come from every walk of life, they include shopkeepers, builders, plumbers, farmers, secretaries, engineers and directors of companies, together with people who are not currently employed. Previous experience is not required due to the comprehensive training programme.


What is important is that you are enthusiastic and can meet certain essential requirements. One such requirement is that you must be able to reach your local fire station quickly and safely within five minutes at normal driving conditions. This is after having been alerted by the pager that Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service provides to all its On Call Duty System Firefighter personnel. The role of a Firefighter can be physically demanding and therefore physical fitness is of utmost importance.


On Call Duty System Firefighters do not just fight fires; they are also involved in a wide variety of situations ranging from community fire safety, flooding, first person on scene at medical emergencies, road accidents and chemical spills to retrieving animals from awkward situations.


On average, you could be called out two or three times a week for one hour. If you cannot be available all of the time it is not a problem, the Service is particularly keen to hear from people who are available during weekdays and that can be flexible with their work life and family life. You will also be required to attend a training session each week in the evening for two hours.


Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is welcoming and inclusive. Whatever your background, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation you will be treated with equal respect. Perhaps that is what makes Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue service such an enjoyable place to work.

Job Purpose


To save life, protect property from damage by fire and from firefighting measures, render humanitarian services and contribute to the reduction in number and severity of fires.

Role Responsibilities


  • To respond to and deal with emergency calls immediately and safely
  • To work effectively and efficiently as a member of a team
  • To undertake all training as required
  • To acquire and maintain knowledge to enhance professional skills including: topography, hazards and special risks, water supplies and fixed firefighting systems within the Brigade’s area of operation
  • To maintain, clean, repair and test firefighting and emergency equipment as required
  • To carry out Fire Safety inspections and advise on matters of Fire Safety as required
  • To uphold the Brigade’s high standards and reputation with particular regard to appearance, dress, conduct, behaviour and demeanour
  • To maintain a level of health and fitness commensurate with your duties as a Firefighter
  • To adhere to all aspects of the Fire Services (Discipline) Regulations
  • To understand, comply with and implement all relevant policies of Oxfordshire County Council and Oxfordshire Fire Service, such as Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities, Harassment, Drugs and Alcohol
  • To undertake routine administrative duties, including the use of information technology, as required
  • To carry out any other duties as reasonably required by the Chief Fire Officer

Role Requirements


  • Have a balanced temperament with the ability to form and maintain good working relationships
  • Have an acceptable attitude to discipline and the ability to adopt the high standards demanded by the Brigade
  • Display the attitude, ability and motivation to undertake intensive initial and ongoing training
  • Set personal targets linked to team
  • Be committed, compassionate, tenacious, honest, able to demonstrate integrity and personal responsibility
  • Conformity to special occupational requirements
  • Adherence to uniform dress code including personal protective clothing and equipment

Vetting Requirements


This post is subject to an Enhanced Criminal Records Check.

Contact details for an informal discussion


Please contact Jeanette Dakin, Admin Assistant to Employee Relations and Resources Team on 01865 894777. 


Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion


At Oxfordshire County Council we are proud of our diverse workforce. Everyone is accepted for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. We have a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for staff.


Our commitment to safeguarding


Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment.

We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect these commitments.


Guaranteed interviews


As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. We are also committed to helping and supporting those transitioning from HM Armed Forces to civilian life and guarantee an interview for those demonstrating the essential criteria for the role, within three years of leaving the service.


We are open to discussions about flexible working.


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