On-call firefighters wanted

To apply for an on-call firefighter vacancy you must:

  • live or work within a reasonable distance (5 to 8 minutes travelling time) of the Retained Duty System (RDS) station that has vacancies
  • your employer must be willing for you to attend emergencies during your working hours
  • be 18 years of age or within six months of your 18th birthday
  • be physically fit

Register your interest

We are continually recruiting on-call firefighters throughout the year and across the county. A list of our on-call fire stations can be found in the drill nights section below. 

If you would like to register your interest in on-call recruitment, please email us at enquiries@northantsfire.gov.uk with the following information:

  • full name
  • postal address
  • email address
  • contact telephone number
  • availability e.g. days, evenings, weekends
  • station that you are applying for (if known)

You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your interest and a member of our recruitment team will make further contact with you within 5 to 10 working days.

Register of interest for on-call vacancies should only be made by the interested party due to Data Protection Law. 

What does an on-call firefighter do?

On-call firefighters provide an efficient and effective service that gives emergency cover to more than 90% of the United Kingdom. They are paid volunteers who do the same job as full-time firefighters, however instead of being based at a fire station they are 'on-call' from work (employer's consent required) and/or at home. For further guidance and information please see our 'The role of a firefighter' page.

Drill nights

What are drill nights?

Drill nights give people who wish to become an on-call firefighter the opportunity to come along and see what firefighters actually do. This is a great way to observe what is involved in becoming an on-call firefighter. The evening covers operational procedures such as:

  • community safety and first aid
  • how to keep risks to a minimum
  • procedures and techniques
  • teamwork
  • use of equipment

An important part of your preparation for making an application to become a trainee firefighter includes having knowledge and understanding of the firefighter’s role and values within the fire and rescue service.

Drill night times

Drill nights are held weekly and no appointment is necessary, please contact the officer in charge upon arrival who will be more than happy to show you around and introduce you to the team. View the drill night times at the fire station nearest to you:

Station​​Drill night​Time
​Brackley​Wednesday​6:30pm to 9:30pm
​Brixworth​Monday​7pm to 9pm
​Burton Latimer​Thursday​6:45pm to 9:45pm
​Daventry​Thursday​7:30pm to 9:30pm
​Desborough​Tuesday​6:30pm to 9:30pm
​Earls Barton​Wednesday7pm to 9pm
​Guilsborough​Monday​7pm to 9pm
​Irthlingborough​Tuesday​7pm to 10pm
​Kettering​Tuesday​​6:45pm to 9:45pm
​Long Buckby​Thursday​7pm to 9pm
​Moulton​Wednesday​7pm to 9pm
​Oundle​Wednesday​​6:30pm to 9:30pm
​Raunds​Wednesday​​6:30pm to 9:30pm
​RothwellTuesday​​6:30pm to 9:30pm
​Rushden​Wednesday​7pm to 10pm
​Thrapston​Wednesday​​6:30pm to 9:30pm
​Towcester​Wednesday​7pm to 9pm
​Wellingborough​Tuesday​​6:30pm to 9:30pm
​Woodford Halse​Tuesday​6:30pm to 9:30pm

Payment for the role

On-call firefighters can respond to a wide range of incidents at any time of the day or night. In return they are paid a retaining fee, along with additional payments for every incident attended and training carried out. You can be paid for being 'on-call' for only part of the day or week, naturally there will be times when you really can't be 'on-call' and in these instances you can book 'off-call'.


On-call firefighters are required to attend a training session one evening during the week for a 2-3 hour period.

To maintain a professional and competent service you will also be required to attend annual requalification courses in the core competencies of a firefighter. These courses would take place over a weekend.