Reserve Firefighters (casual contract)

Based at:            Various locations across the Avon area
Contract:            Casual
Hours:                 Zero hour contract
Salary:                 £10.26 per hour
Closing date:     Ongoing

We have a number of vacancies for Reserve Firefighters to be trained in basic defensive fire fighting. These staff will only be used to provide resilience support during any periods of unforeseen staff shortages.  It is important to note that in most cases there is not an ongoing need to use Reserve Firefighters and therefore there will be significant ongoing periods of time when you will not be called upon to work. 

You will be required to attend an initial three day basic training programme (dates to be confirmed) and will receive ongoing refresher training every year. Training is paid at the standard hourly rate. 

Applicants must live within the Avon Fire & Rescue Service area or within a 25 mile radius of our boundary. No travel or accommodation expenses will be paid for work shifts. You must possess a driving licence and have access to your own transport. An LGV driving licence would be an advantage but is not essential. 

Upon successful completion of the basic training course you will be issued a casual contract of employment. You will normally be given a minimum of seven days’ notice of any work or training commitments. We do not guarantee to provide work as Reserve Firefighters will only be called upon if we experience any unexpected shortfalls in staffing. 

You must have a high level of physical strength and fitness, work well as part of a team be able to follow instructions and remain calm under pressure. The training is intensive and requires the ability to acquire and retain technical information, follow clear instructions and carry out practical tests including putting up ladders, rolling out hose and carrying equipment. The ideal candidate will have a balance of academic and practical skills and be able to communicate effectively.   

General information

The selection process will involve assessing your ability to utilise and work with fire service equipment in a safe and controlled manner and will also include an informal interview.  Successful applicants will be required to complete our medical process. Job offers will be made to applicants who pass all stages of the selection process. Please note that working as a Reserve Firefighter does not give you priority access into any other vacancies within Avon Fire & Rescue Service.

How to apply:

Further information is available on our website where you can download an application form ( Completed applications can be printed and posted to Human Resources, Avon Fire & Rescue Service Headquarters, Valley Road, Portishead, Bristol BS20 8JJ.  Alternatively, you can email your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  CVs will be accepted if they include full details of your relevant skills and experience for these roles.  There is no defined closing date for these roles.  We have a large number of vacancies and will assess applications as they are received.  For further information please contact Human Resources on 01179 262061 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..