On-call Firefighters are an essential part of the emergency services network.

Chris Davies QFSM, Chief Fire Officer

On call firefighters have often chosen a career outside of the fire service, but also wish to serve their community as a firefighter, ready to respond to emergencies, prevent fire and rescue incidents from happening and protect people and property across mid and west Wales.​

The suite of videos below help provide a better understanding of the role and feature a variety of important information to help those applying for the role as well as inspirational interviews with those already undertaking the role across Wales.

We currently have on-call firefighter vacancies across all of our Fire Stations with the exception of:

Carmarthenshire Command
Ammanford Fire Station
Llandovery Fire Station
Llanelli Fire Station
Llandysul Fire Station
Tumble Fire Station

Pembrokeshire Command
Pembroke Dock Fire Station
Tenby Fire Station​​

Powys Command
Llanfyllin Fire Station
Machynlleth Fire Station
Newtown Fire Station
Llandrindod Wells Fire Station
Welshpool Fire Station

Swansea Command
​Gorseinon Fire Station
Morriston Fire Station

For further information please contact your local station​, or the recruitment team on 01267 226832​ or humanresources@mawwfire.gov.uk

REQUEST TO RETURN TO EMPLOYMENT (ON-CALL ONLY)
The option of “returning to employment” can be offered when an employee has voluntarily terminated their On Call Contract with MAWWFRS and requests a return to employment within four years of their last recorded day of duty. This facility is only available to employees looking to return to the role of a firefighter. Although personnel who had previously held the role of a Crew or Watch Manager are eligible to apply, their return can only be to the role of a firefighter.

Please contact the Recruitment team for more information on 01267 226832 or email humanresources@mawwfire.gov.uk​

Welcome to the Fire and Rescue Services in Wales

Learn more about the Fire and Rescue Services in Wales and the work that they do.

What do Retained Duty System (RDS) / On Call Firefighters do?

Learn more about the role of the Retained Duty System (RDS) or On-call Firefighter. Retained Duty System (RDS) or On-call Firefighters provide essential and rewarding fire and emergency cover for their communities. They provide this cover on a part time basis and they often have full time employment elsewhere. The role of the RDS or On Call Firefighter is not just about fighting fires – they also undertake work within the community keeping residents safe.

What does it take to become a Retained Duty System (RDS) / On Call Firefighter?

View a list of things of the top 10 things you need to know to help you decide if the role of a Retained Duty System (RDS) / On Call Firefighter is for you.

How are Retained Duty System (RDS)/ On Call Firefighters valued within their communities?

Our Retained Duty System (RDS) or On Call Firefighters are highly valued and respected within their communities. Very often, RDS or On Call firefighters have grown up in the communities they serve and may have families who are growing up in those communities - and this is their way of putting something back into society. They don’t just live or work  in the community – they are part of it and also protect it.

How and why do local employers help the Fire and Rescue Services?

As a local employer, you can support your community by talking to your staff about the role of a Retained Duty System (RDS)/On-call Firefighter, and if appropriate, releasing them from work, within pre-agreed days and times, to respond to emergency calls.

How are Retained Duty System (RDS) / On Call Firefighters valued by the Fire and Rescue Services?

As one of our Retained Duty System (RDS) / On Call Firefighters, you would receive a number of benefits – view this video to find out more.

What is involved in becoming a Retained Duty System (RDS) / On Call Firefighter?

Are you interested in becoming a Retained Duty System (RDS) / On Call Firefighter? View this video to find out more.

Do you live or work within 8-10 minutes of your local fire station? Then you could become an on call firefighter. Contact the recruitment team on 0370 6060 699 or email the human resources team at humanresources@mawwfire.gov.uk

Firefighters and Community Fire Safety staff from the Service will now visit domestic properties to provide home safety advice and will supply and install a smoke alarm free of charge, where appropriate. 

These checks are the cornerstone of the proactive role the Service is adopting in its drive to reduce the deaths and injuries that are caused by accidental fires.​

The provision of smoke alarms and other home safety items by Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is supported by funding from Welsh Government.