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28 February 2020

Cumbria launches recruitment drive for on-call firefighters

Cumbria County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service is launching a recruitment drive for on-call firefighters to serve their communities.

The recruitment drive coincides with a nationwide On-Call Firefighter Awareness Week, which runs from 2-8 March 2020.

Cumbria is looking to recruit on-call firefighters at 27 fire stations countywide, from Maryport to Milnthorpe, and from Brampton to Broughton (see full list below).

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service needs an additional 50 on-call firefighters countywide. These are paid, part-time roles suitable for men and women of all ages and from all diverse backgrounds, who live or work near a fire station.

On-call firefighters commit to a certain number of hours each week when they are available to respond to emergency incidents. This means they can combine working for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service with their career or personal circumstances

They can still have another job until the call comes, then they become a professional firefighter. Call-out rates and workloads vary across the stations.

Cumbria’s Chief Fire Officer, Steve Healey said: “Being a firefighter is a fantastic job and our on-call crews play a crucial role in protecting their communities. If you have a desire to serve your local community and enjoy learning new skills and working as part of a team, then we’d very much like to hear from you.”

Cllr Janet Willis, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue, said: "We currently have nearly 400 on-call firefighters throughout the county and they are a vital part of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service. We’re launching a recruitment campaign because we need more people to join our on-call crews to maintain resilience in the future. I would encourage anyone who is interested in becoming a firefighter to contact us to find out more.”

For more information, visit cumbria.gov.uk/cumbriafire

On-call firefighters come from every walk of life, including homemakers, shopkeepers, teachers, farmers and office workers, together with people who are not currently employed. Full training is provided on an ongoing basis, therefore previous experience is not needed.

An on-call Firefighter can be called out two or three times a week, for a few hours at a time but at some quieter fire stations they may only be called once or twice each month. The on-call hours are very flexible and based around people’s availability and other commitments.

To be an On-call Firefighter, you need to:

  • 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 near your local fire station.

Cumbria currently has 383 on-call firefighters based all over the county. A total of 44 new on-call firefighters were recruited in Cumbria during the past 12 months.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is recruiting on-call firefighters needed at the following stations:

West - Aspatria, Egremont, Maryport, Seacale, Silloth, Whitehaven and Workington.

South - Ambleside, Arnside, Barrow, Bootle, Broughton, Coniston, Kirkby Lonsdale, Milnthorpe, Sedbergh, Staveley, Ulverston and Walney.

East - Alston, Appleby, Brampton, Kirkby Stephen, Longtown, Patterdale, Penrith and Shap.


Cumbria County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service is launching a recruitment drive for on-call firefighters to serve their communities.