Could you be an on-call firefighter in Bollington?

Date: 1st July 2016
Published by: Andrea Paterson

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is recruiting now for on-call firefighters for our Bollington Fire Station.

Could you be an on-call firefighter in Bollington?

If you would like to serve your locality as a on-call/part-time Firefighter you must be at least 18 years of age, possess plenty of common sense and enthusiasm and also be prepared to attend weekly evening training sessions.

To become an on-call/part-time Firefighter, you must:

  • live or work (within 5-minutes of the Fire Station) where you could respond quickly to your local fire station during the normal working day

  • have a real wish to support your local community

  • have an enthusiasm and willingness to work in a team environment

  • have a reasonable level of physical fitness

If yes, come along to one of these events, that will take place on:

Tuesday 12 July from 4pm until 8pm, and
Saturday 16 July from 11am until 3pm.

These events will give potential applicants the opportunity to meet full-time and on-call crews, as well as training and recruitment officers, who will explain exactly how to follow the recruitment process.

Try out the physical tests - to see if you could be a firefighter

If you attend the taster day, you can try out the physical tests, to see if you could be a firefighter.

The tests are completed in the brand new recruitment pod, a bespoke test unit housing the elements needed for the national firefighter recruitment tests.

If you would like to come along to the taster event please call Laura Gavin on 01606 868457 or email

More about the Taster day

Why do we hold on-call recruitment taster days?

We hold taster days so that anyone who is interested in becoming an on-call firefighter can see what is expected in the role physically and practically. It is also an opportunity to speak to serving on-call firefighters to get a good overview of the role and to talk to our Recruitment team who will help with the application process and answer any questions.

Who can attend?

Anyone who is interested in becoming an on-call firefighter can attend. It would be better if anyone who would like to attend could register, but it’s not necessary. You can just turn up and register on the day.

What can you expect at a taster day?

First of all, allow an hour to an hour and a half to get the best out of the experience. You will be offered the opportunity to try out the physical tests. Most people take up the offer as it is a good indicator of any areas that might need to be worked on, such as stamina or upper body strength.

Full firefighter kit, including helmet and boots, will be provided for the duration of the exercises so wear something comfortable as kit goes on over your own clothes.

You will be taken through each of the exercises, guided at all times by CFRS personnel demonstrating the physical tests

One of our recruitment advisers will take you through the application pack, giving advice on the best way to complete it and will answer any questions you might have.

Firefighters will be on duty at taster days and will be able to talk to you about the operational aspects of the role.

You will then be given an application pack to take away with you, along with information about the recruitment deadline.

If I don’t attend a taster day can I still apply to be an on-call firefighter?

Yes, you can still apply - the taster days are held to give people a deeper understanding of the role and, whilst beneficial for prospective recruits, they are not a requirement of application.

To apply to become an on-call firefighter please visit your local on call station on a drill night or call the HR Business Support Team on 01606 868457.

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