On-call (RDS) Firefighter Recruitment 


We currently have On-call (RDS) firefighters from a wide range of backgrounds and employment situations, from self-employed people to women who are able to devote daytime to cover while the children are at school.

On-call crews are called in to attend the same range of incidents as their wholetime counterparts at any time of the day or night.  In return they are paid a retaining fee along with an additional payment for every incident attended.  They are also required to attend a training night for two hours every week for which payment is also made.

There are many benefits to local businesses in releasing their employees to become on-call (RDS) firefighters. Find out more here.

On-call training course dates in 2018

Application Documents

On-call (RDS) Firefighters Selection Information booklet .PDF 2787KB

National Firefighter Selection Pre Application Check Lists .PDF 166KB

Fitness Information .PDF 2,137KB

Firefighter (Retained Duty System) Job Description .PDF 176KB

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 - Guidance for Applicants .PDF 163KB

On-call Firefighter - Employer's Guide .PDF 1,397KB 

To Apply

https://ocw-bfrs.eu-gb.mybluemix.net/ui#!registration - BFRS registration page

https://ocw-bfrs.eu-gb.mybluemix.net/ui#!login - BFRS login page

Online Test Practice

Online Practice Tests

Interview Preparation

Interview Preparation Guidance .PDF 161KB

If you require any further information or have enquiries email operationalvacancies@bedsfire.com  

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Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is an equal opportunities employer that welcomes applications from all sections of the community.