Do something extraordinary – Become an on-call firefighter

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is searching for people to support their community by becoming an on-call firefighter.

Fire stations in some of West Yorkshire’s more rural communities, towns and villages are looking to recruit firefighters to work on a standby basis. The fire stations recruiting are: Mytholmroyd, Holmfirth, Meltham, Skelmanthorpe, Ilkley, Otley, Featherstone, Silsden and Mirfield.

On-call firefighters are paid to work on a standby system, sometimes as a second job. They respond to a pager, either from home or from work. They must live or work within one mile of the fire station or be able to reach their station within five minutes of receiving an emergency call. The recruiting stations predominantly need daytime cover between 8am and 5pm and some weekend cover.

On-call firefighters must complete the same training and attend the same range of incidents as full-time firefighters, who are based at a fire station 24 hours a day.

The on-call contracts are flexible so that people with family and other work commitments also have an opportunity to apply. It may be suitable for people who wish to supplement their income or those who would like to be a firefighter, but cannot commit to full-time hours.

Nick Smith, Area Manager in charge of operations response, said: “Our on-call firefighters are ordinary people who are passionate about helping their community, but who do an extraordinary job in protecting their community. They show incredible commitment, not only for making themselves available to respond to emergencies, but also in ensuring their fitness and skills are maintained at the highest level.

“Do something extraordinary and become an on-call firefighter.”

A number of open days have been organised at the stations recruiting, where anyone interested can go along and chat to serving firefighters about the role, requirements, hours and salary. Details as follows:


Mytholmroyd              17 and 18 February, both 12:00-16:00

Holmfirth                    15 February 12:00-16:00 and 18 February 09:00-13:00

Meltham                     14 February 16:00-20:00 and 25 February 10:00-14:00

Skelmonthorpe         11 February 11:00-15:00 and 13 February 10:00-14:00

Ilkley                           14 and 25 February, both 11:00-15:00

Otley                           18 and 22 February, both 10:00-14:00

Featherstone           21 February 16:00-20:00 and 25 February 10:00-14:00

Silsden                       15 and 18 February, both 09:00-13:00

Mirfield                       16 February 18:00-22:00 and 18 February 12:00-16:00

If you have any questions, please call West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s HR department on 01274 473794 or visit

Please note that WYFRS is also running a campaign to recruit full-time firefighters. Details about full-time firefighter recruitment can be found at