We are now recruiting On-Call Firefighters

On-Call Firefighters

In South Wales, On-Call Firefighters make up almost half of our operational workforce and are generally located in rural communities, small towns and villages.

Like the Wholetime Duty System role, On-Call Firefighters respond to fires and Special Service Calls e.g. road traffic collisions, chemical emergencies, flooding and other natural disasters. They are also required to inform and educate their local communities and carry out Safe and Well visits in people’s homes.

On-Call Firefighters work a Retained Duty System and must live or work in the local community and are from all walks of life. They are builders, consultants, stay-at-home parents, administrators, factory workers, care workers, students or people not currently employed. They are people who are able to give their time to assist the Fire and Rescue Service in return for a salary.

Every On-Call Firefighter carries an ‘alerter’ at all times whilst on duty, so they can respond to their Station when required, within a set time of a call. They can respond from their home during leisure time or, in some cases, from their place of work if their employer permits.

We ask all On-Call Firefighters to commit to providing a specified number of hours of cover and to attend an evening training session each week (known as drill night).

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service welcomes applicants from all backgrounds and details of all recruitment campaigns will be advertised on this page.

Candidates must be a minimum of 17 years and 6 months of age on the date of application and a minimum of 18 years of age on the first day of the Firefighter Training Course to be eligible to apply.

We are currently recruiting for On-Call Firefighters at the stations below. We are particularly interested in applicants that can provide cover between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

On Call stations recruiting





Llantwit Major

Ogmore Vale





Kenfig Hill

Gilfach Goch










On – Call Application Information

On – Call Medical Info and FAQs

On – Call Fitness and Ability Info

On-Call Ability Assessment Booklet

On-Call Physical and Practical Assessment Booklet

Preparatory Fitness Programme

British Dyslexia Association

On – Call Pay and Interview info

Completed application forms can be sent to Recruitment, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Llantrisant HQ, Forest View Business Park, Llantrisant, RCT, CF72 8LX or emailed to recruitment@southwales-fire.gov.uk

Firefighter Physical and Practical Tests


Ladder Climb Test

Ladder Lift

Casualty Evacuation Test

Ladder Extension Test

Confined Space Test

Equipment Assembly Test

Equipment Carry Test


Read the application information above and complete and send us the application form.

If you’re interested in being an On-Call Firefighter, you can also:

Any further enquiries please contact the recruitment team on 01443 232200 or contact us.