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Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service - on-call firefighters recruitment


We are now recruiting on call firefighters, if you are interested in becoming an on call firefighter please contact Kasey Grainger, the on call recruitment officer, to discuss further.


Please use the following link to see detailed information about becoming an on call firefighter including availability requirements, key dates in the process, training details etc.

On Call Firefighter Information (Pdf 52kb) 

Please use the following link to view a video giving more information about the role of an on-call firefighter.

On Call Firefighter Role Information Video


We are recruiting on call firefighters for the following fire stations: 

Many recruiting Stations will be offering "Station Open Days". These provide a drop in opportunity for potential applicants to discuss the application pack, recruitment process and role of an on call firefighter.

When available the dates and times will be listed after the participating station names below.


Allerdale and Copeland Operational Command Area 










Barrow and South Lakeland Operational Command Area 







Kirkby Lonsdale






Carlisle and Eden Operational Command Area 



Kirkby Stephen







National Firefighter Selection Tests - Station Training Sessions

Station training sessions will give you an opportunity to test your fitness levels in preparation for the selection tests and receive advice and guidance from the fitness team. Please attend in gym wear if you wish to take part in the bleep test. 

         Firefighter Fitness Training (Pdf 296kb)

         Dumbbell and Bodyweight Programme (Pdf 114kb)

         Practical and Physical Tests (Pdf 89kb) 

         Task Specific Exercise List (Pdf 2.5Mb)


For information the links below provide the documentation needed for an application. 

         Cumbria County Council Application Form (Pdf 692kb)

         Supporting Information for On-Call Application (Word DOCX 520kb)

         Guidance to Completing Availability Form (Pdf40kb)

         Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 (Pdf 71kb)


The links below will take you to videos for the Physical tests you will need to pass to join Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service. 

         Dexterity Test

         Shuttle Run

         Ladder Lift

         Ladder Climb

         Dummy Drag

         Equipment Carry

 What is an on-call Firefighter?
An on-call/part-time firefighter is a person who is 'on call' to respond to a range of emergencies. They are doing everyday jobs (for example, shop workers, office workers, mechanics, etc.) until the call comes, then they become professional firefighters. They may be 'part-time', but they are trained and capable people in the front line, saving lives. On-call/part-time Firefighters are paid for their services, they receive thorough training plus all there is to know about emergency situations.

On-call/part-time Firefighters do not just fight fires. As an on-call/part-time firefighter you would be involved in a wide variety of situations which can include incidents ranging from floods, road accidents and chemical spills to retrieving pets from awkward situations.

The link below will take you to a video of trainee firefighters dealing with a house fire and trapped casualty.

         Firefighter Training - House Fire and Casualty Rescue

How often would I get called?
On average, you could be called out two or three times a week for a couple of hours. Each Station is different and some are busier than others. If you can't be available all of the time it's not a problem. The Service is particularly keen to hear from people who are available during weekdays and weekends.

What qualities do I need?
We are keen to recruit both men and women and if you think the female roles are more administrative, you would be totally wrong - all Firefighters operate in frontline situations.
On-call/part-time Firefighters come from every walk of life, including shopkeepers, builders, plumbers, farmers, secretaries, engineers and directors of companies together with people who are not currently employed. Previous experience is not required thanks to the comprehensive training programme.

What is important is that you are enthusiastic and can meet certain essential requirements. One of these is that you must be able to respond quickly to the fire station after being alerted by the bleeper that Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service provides to all its on-call/part-time Firefighter personnel. This can be physically demanding and therefore physical fitness is of utmost importance.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters
Penrith Community Fire Station
Carleton Avenue
CA10 2FA
Tel: 01768 812558