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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, or some excitement?

Are you interested in joining a profession that allows you to utilize your life skills to serve your local community while being a part of a close-knit, committed, and amicable team?


This job fits your current employment.



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


Today’s Fire and Rescue Service relies heavily on Retained Firefighters, who play a vital role in providing an essential service to our Island community. These exceptional individuals provide emergency cover while also working closely with the local community.

To become a Retained Firefighter, certain criteria must be met, including:

  • Being over 18 years old
  • Possessing good communication skills
  • Being physically fit
  • Living and working close to your local Fire Station
  • Being able to provide emergency cover at all times and attend a weekly training session
  • Obtaining 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 eyesight and hearing.


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


  • 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 emailing 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.