Firefighter

Firefighter Overview

Firefighters tackle a wide range of emergencies, such as:

  • Fires
  • Road, rail, air and water incidents
  • Animal rescue
  • Incidents involving HAZMAT (Hazardous Materials), These types cover CBRNE which covers:
    • chemical
    • bio-hazard
    • radiation
    • nuclear
    • explosives

Firefighters complete a vast range of community work, which includes giving talks and demonstrations in schools and to other community groups and providing Home Safety Assessments (HSAs). This includes assessing general fire safety in the home, checking smoke alarms and advising on what to do in an emergency. They are required to maintain, clean and inspect fire appliances and equipment, to also complete frequent competency assessment training.

Retained Duty System (RDS) / On-Call Firefighters

Whilst there is a large percentage of the Fire Service’s that employ full time Firefighters, there are also an additional high percentage of RDS / On Call Firefighters who have primary employment elsewhere and are On-Call.  On-Call Firefighters make an invaluable part of the team, heading to their fire station only when needed in for emergency response after being prompted by their alerter.  They are required to maintain the same operational competency standards as fulltime Firefighters and attend incidents as a Firefighter; the only difference is the hours of cover each individual provides.

On-Call stations have the following operational personnel:

  • Firefighters
  • Crew Managers
  • Watch Managers

Firefighter (Control)

Firefighters (Control) are uniformed staff who work in control centre’s answering emergency 999 calls.  They deal with a wide range of emergencies such as:

  • Fires
  • Road, rail, air and water incidents
  • Incidents involving HAZMAT (Hazardous Materials), These types cover CBRNE which covers:
    • chemical
    • bio-hazard
    • radiation
    • nuclear
    • explosives

Firefighters (Control) need to be quick thinking, remain calm whilst dealing with distressed and anxious callers and will be expected to give fire survival advice when required.

Firefighters (Control) are responsible for mobilising fire crews and resources and any other specialist equipment required to deal with the emergency.

Once they have mobilised resources to the incident they maintain contact with fire crews providing additional resources and information.  They also liaise with other emergency services, Police, Ambulance and Coastguard as well as external agencies such as Gas, Electricity and Local Council services, for example Highways.

Firefighters (Control) keep accurate records of incidents, maintain information on resources and carry out general administrative duties and are also required to complete competency assessment training.

Skills For Fire & Rescue