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Emergency Fire Crew

Emergency Fire Crew (EFC) Supervisor 
Emergency Fire Crew
Emergency Fire Crew Driver

Following the announcement of a ballot for industrial action, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) and Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue (OFRS) are recruiting Emergency Fire Crew Supervisors, Emergency Fire Crew and Emergency Fire Crew Drivers to provide additional support to firefighting operations as part of the contingency arrangements for each fire and rescue service.

Fire and rescue services have a statutory duty under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 to have in place robust plans to deal with disruptions to the provision of fire and rescue services as a result of extreme weather conditions, industrial action, pandemic or other exceptional events.

This is not a Firefighters role and those who take up the temporary role of EFC will not accrue any advantage over other applicants if they wish to apply for a Firefighting role in the future. Successful applicants may however pick up valuable leadership and teamwork experience and evidence that might prove beneficial.

EFC personnel will receive basic training that will enable them to prepare, set up and operate equipment in support of firefighting operations.  The role will involve responding to emergency calls, minimising loss of life, injury and damage to property, managing emergencies until they are resolved.  These emergencies will be varied and will include fires and road traffic collisions.

All activities, both during training and any periods of operational deployment, will be carried out under supervision. All roles will be provided with all necessary personal protective equipment (PPE).

The successful applicants will have the physical ability to carry out the role of EFC, including adequate stamina and strength, as well as the skills and behaviours to work with and support our diverse communities and teams. 

It is essential for all roles that you are eligible to work in the UK. In addition, a current recognised First Aid qualification is desirable.  You must be 18 years of age or over (21 years for the driver role). You must be prepared and available to work unsociable hours, shifts, including night shifts, weekends and public holidays.  All other essential requirements are outlined in the job profiles. 

Candidates will be invited to participate in a structured selection process and, if successful, practical and classroom based training will be given prior to commencing in role. Please note you will be required to complete the training programme of up to 12 days.

Contractual Information:

A payment of £1000 will be made upon successful completion of the training programme. You will be employed on a fixed term zero hour’s basis with an hourly rate as follows;

  • Emergency Fire Crew Supervisor – £15.65 per hour
  • Emergency Fire Crew – £11.51 per hour
  • Emergency Fire Crew Driver – £11.51 per hour

In addition, following successful completion of the initial training, a retention payment of £250 will be made every 4-week period. This payment will be made on the condition that you have been available to work when required during the preceding 4-week period, and attend any relevant ongoing training in order to maintain currency and operational effectiveness.

Industrial action could take place at any time during the day and night therefore applicants need to be prepared to work both day shifts and night shifts, notice will be given prior to any planned requirement to work.   

You may be required to work from various locations.

Application and selection process:

Please see the link to the job profiles below:

If you are interested in applying for one of these positions and can attend the anticipated selection process and training dates, please click Apply Now.

The closing date for applications is 12pm on Friday, 21 October 2022. You will be contacted by phone on this day to confirm that you have been shortlisted and invited to the assessments on the dates below. Please note some dates may change but it is likely that the physical assessment will remain as below.

Assessment dates:

  • Online application process closes 12pm on 21 October 2022
  • Shortlisting takes place 21 October 2022
  • Functional skills online tests take place 21 October- 12pm on 24 October 2022
  • Online interviews take place 24 October – 4 November 2022
  • Physical tests take place 28 October 2022
  • Medicals and Fitness tests take place 2 November 2022
  • Those applying for a driver role will be required to undertake a driver’s assessment and will be advised of this accordingly.

Start date: Monday 28 November. A compulsory training programme will take place from 28 November 2022 and the anticipated duration is up to 12 days. Applicants must be available to attend the full course.

All applicants are required to undertake a basic DBS check. Details will be sent after shortlisting is complete.

Further information about the selection process can be found via this link.

If you have any queries please contact the HR Team by emailing

Please note we do not accept applications via Agencies or CVs without an accompanying online application.

The Behavioural Competency Framework allows us to easily identify the behaviours that drive successful performance and enables us to deliver an effective service. The behaviours detailed within the job profile will be assessed throughout the selection process.

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At Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, we want you to bring your whole self to work.

Equality, diversity and inclusion are more than just words for us. That’s why we are committed to creating a culture where everyone feels included and respected, and where no one is unfairly discriminated against. All applications are considered on merit alone. We are a Disability Confident Leader – if you meet the essential criteria of the role, you will be guaranteed an interview.

Simply: Our community is varied and diverse. Our workforce should be too.

At Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, everyone is welcome.