The Retained Firefighter

Joining the Service as a retained firefighter offers a wealth of opportunity to work for the Service on a part time basis. It is an exciting and hugely rewarding job where you'll become a crucial member of a highly trained and tight-knit team

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service's Retained Staff are a group of women and men who, in addition to their normal jobs or careers, are on-call in their free time or respond to emergency calls from their full-time place of employment

Local emergency services form an important part of our community. Firefighters do a whole range of jobs from attending fires to helping at all sorts of incidents. As a member of our retained fire service you might be called to floods, road accidents or chemical spills. When an emergency happens, wouldn't you like to be able to help your friends and neighbours in a very real and practical way?

And you'd get paid for doing it too

To apply to join the service you don't need any paper qualifications. But you will need to:

You will also need to consider the following:

EU Driving Regulations (for those who drive for a living) - visit the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) website for more information.

EU working time directive - visit the Department for Business Enterprise & Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR) website for more information.

Personal Qualities

Your personal qualities are important to us. We are looking for enthusiastic women and men from all walks or life, with the common sense, compassion, tact and demeanour to deal with physically and emotionally demanding situations. You will also need to have the ability to work as part of a team.


You will be paid a retaining fee to be available for duty starting on a trainee rate of £2,116 per annum rising to £2,821 per annum when fully competent in the role (it can take 4 years to reach this stage).

You will also be paid for each incident you attend, and to attend weekly training sessions. Your uniform and protective equipment will be provided free of charge.