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Operational Vacancies


Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service requires


Ryde, Bembridge, Freshwater, Yarmouth

and East Cowes


Are you looking for something new in your life, a fresh challenge, some excitement?

Would you like to be part of a profession where you can put your life skills into action for your local community, where you’re part of a close, dedicated and friendly team?


This job fits around your current employment.


Information Sessions

Saturday 17 September 2011 at 10.30am

Monday 19 September 2011 at 6.30pm


First Floor, Service Learning and Development Centre, Nicholson Road, Ryde


Retained Firefighters are a vital part of today’s Fire and Rescue Service and provide an important service to our Island community. Our Retained Firefighters are extraordinary people who offer emergency cover whilst working with the local community.


You will need to:


*Be over 18 years old.   *Possess good communication skills.   *Be physically fit.   *Live and work close to your local Fire Station.   *Be able to provide emergency cover at all times and attend a weekly training session.   *Obtain your employer’s signed agreement that you can be released from your workplace at any time for operational duties.


Employment will be subject to successful completion of physical and practical tests and overall medical fitness including eye sight and hearing.


As a Trainee Firefighter on the Retained Duty System, you will receive:

  • A basic annual payment (a retainer) of £2,116 and fees for emergency response at £9.66 per hour during training; rising to £2,821 and £12.88 respectively on achieving competence.   *You will also be entitled to a disturbance allowance of £3.70 for each call out.
  • Career development and paid training including First Aid and LGV licence dependent on Service need.
  • The skills to provide a vital service to fellow residents and businesses in your community.

Benefits to your employer:

  • Your employee will be professionally trained to deal with emergencies and provide first aid
  • A Retained Firefighter could help save lives and property in an emergency at your business

If you are unable to attend either information session please contact Kate Durham at SLDC, Nicholson Road, Ryde on 812708 or by e-mailing kate.durham@iow.gov.uk for an information pack and further information.


Employers are also welcome to attend the above sessions.


Closing date for applications: Monday 3 October 2011. Practical tests: Thursday 27 October 2011. Psychometric tests: Saturday 5 November 2011.  Interviews will be carried out during the week commencing Monday 21 November 2011. Eyesight tests and medicals: Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 November 2011. PPE sizing: Monday 28 November 2011.


If successful you will attend induction days on Thursday 1 December 2011 and Thursday 5 January 2012 and receive full training during a two week course commencing Monday 5 December 2011. Employment will be subject to a standard level CRB check.

 Extraordinary career