On-call firefighters receive a standby rate for the hours they spend on-call and further disturbance fees and hourly rates for attending incidents and drill nights.
Rates of pay
The following standby and call-out rates per hour currently apply:
|Firefighter in development||£0.39||£11.11|
On-call firefighters can expect to earn £5,000-£9,000 per year, depending on the station they are attached to and the number of call-outs they attend.
We offer a generous annual leave allowance that is pro-rata to full cover (120 hours per week). The leave allowance is four weeks per year, rising to five weeks after five years continuous service.
Pension, training and benefits
On-call firefighters can apply to join the firefighter’s pension scheme and do receive sick pay. We pay for all of your training (worth approximately £7,000) and you will learn valuable transferable skills that you can use in your personal and work life.
As an employee of Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, you’ll get access to:
- the county council staff discount scheme for a range of retailers, holidays, insurance, eating out, health and leisure activities
- the national for emergencies service, the NHS and the military
- initiatives and a range of activities to support your health and wellbeing including an employee assistance programme, mindfulness and resilience training
Many on-call firefighters find the biggest benefit is the knowledge they are serving and protecting their community, and the team camaraderie. We’ve even had some self-employed on-call firefighters say it’s an asset to their business as they become better known to their local community and are trusted by people in the area.