On-Call Firefighters

About the role

Retained (On-Call) firefighters are an essential part of Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service. Although these individuals are not based on fire stations, they usually live or work within 6-8 minutes (as detailed below) of their local on-call fire station and are ready to respond to any emergency when required.

Throughout the year we hold a number of Have a Go events to help prepare candidates, where you can come to a fire station and try out some of the physical and written entry tests that potential firefighters need to pass (Firefighter Selection Tests) and to meet some of the local firefighters who are already in the role. The Firefighter Selection Tests are held during weekends at four times during the year.

Dates of Have a Go events and the Firefighter Selection Tests can be found on our events calendar.Please get in touch with your local station to find out more.  

Hear the experiences of some of our on-call firefighters on our YouTube channel.

To find out more, or to apply, please visit the On-call Firefighting page.

Equal Opportunities

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service is an equal opportunities employer. We value the diversity of our workforce and believe in creating a culture where every individual feels valued and respected. We are committed to making a positive difference to the communities we serve, and particularly encourage applications from those who are currently under-represented in our service.

If you have any questions, or require recruitment documents in an accessible format, please contact recruitment@rbfrs.co.uk.


Hungerford Fire Station

To apply, individuals must live or work within 6 minutes of the station.

Contact: recruitment@rbfrs.co.uk


Exterior of Maidenhead fire station

To apply, individuals must live or work within 6 minutes of the station.

Contact: recruitment@rbfrs.co.uk



Lambourn Fire Station

To apply, individuals must live or work within 8 minutes of the station.

Contact: recruitment@rbfrs.co.uk