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On-call Firefighters

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) on-call firefighters are a diverse group of men and women who balance other work, study and family commitments, but enjoy being part of a team and working with people and other emergency services.

We employ people who reflect our professionalism and values, as well as the diversity of our community. Applications are accepted from all members of the community and are assessed on merit and physical aptitude.

On-call firefighters respond to fires and a variety of emergency incidents in their local community. They use specialised vehicles and equipment to prevent and reduce the risk of fire and potential loss to life and property. They work closely with the local community to increase fire safety awareness and promote fire prevention.

Who are on-call firefighters and what do they do?

On-call firefighters provide a high standard of response to fires and a variety of emergency incidents in their local community. They use specialised vehicles and equipment to:

  • prevent and reduce the risk of fire and potential loss to life and property
  • work closely with the local community to increase fire safety awareness and promote fire prevention
  • undertake all manner of rescue
  • deal with hazardous material incidents and,
  • assist other agencies with emergency medical responses and severe weather-related events

While our on-call fire stations respond to emergencies 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, our on-call firefighters are not rostered on duty but are on standby and are notified of an incident by pager or via a mobile phone call.

Upon receiving a call, on-call firefighters are required to immediately leave their current activity (including work, home or other) and travel promptly to the fire station to respond to the incident with their team on the fire truck (known as an ‘appliance’).

Firefighting involves day, night and weekend work, and can be physically, mentally and emotionally demanding.

However, a firefighting career is one of the most important, rewarding and well-respected careers in our community and we provide many resources and supports to support your health, safety and wellbeing.

Download the PDF information pack below to learn more.

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“Joining our on-call roster means first-class training and the opportunity to play a crucial role in keeping your community safe, without compromising your current lifestyle. Becoming an on-call firefighter is a lifechanging experience and I encourage you to apply.”
- FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter

Meet our on-call firefighters

On-call Firefighter, Desarae

On-call Firefighter, Bernie

On-call Firefighter, Lizzie

On-call Firefighter, Bob

On-call Firefighter, Sharon

On-call Firefighter, Sam

On-call Firefighter, Lauren

On-call Firefighter, Rob

On-call to Permanent Firefighter Ashley

On-call Firefighter, David