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For Firefighters, saving lives and protecting communities is all in a day's work. But while the majority of firefighters are full-time employees of the Fire and Rescue Service, an additional 30 per cent of our crews have jobs elsewhere and are 'on-call' with their local fire station.
On-Call Firefirefighters provide emergency cover to over 90 per cent of the UK. There are over 14,000 On-Call Fire in England, protecting our rural communities and they are responsible for operating 60 per cent of all fire engines.
On-Call Firefighters make up an invaluable part of the team, heading to their fire station only when needed in an emergency. They are paid volunteers who, just like full-time firefighters, are trained to deal with everything from extinguishing burning buildings to providing first aid.
They come from all walks of life and could be full-time parents, office staff, manual workers or any profession you can think of. But while On-Call Firefighters are ordinary men and women, they do an extraodinary job for the Fire and Rescue Service and are integral to keeping their local fire station crewed and protecting the local community.
In England at any one time there are more On-Call Firefighters providing emergency cover than their full-time colleagues. The only difference is that they aren't based at a fire station.