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Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service employs 635* members of staff who operate from 23 strategically located sites across Shropshire. The Service has three wholetime stations located in Wellington, Shrewsbury and Telford, 22 retained stations, Service headquarters in Shrewsbury and a Training Centre in Telford.

Uniformed Roles

There are three types of firefighter role at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service:

Wholetime Firefighters

Wholetime Firefighters work on average a 42 hour week and form part of a watch. Each wholetime station has four watches; this allows them to provide 24 hour cover throughout the year. The four watches are; Blue, Green, Red, and White.

On Call Firefighters

On Call Firefighters agree to be available for cover for a certain number of hours per week, they carry a pager and must be able to get to the fire station within 5 minutes of a call during these available hours. Many RDS firefighters respond to emergency calls from their normal place of work and once their pager is activated they respond to the station to deal with the incident.

Firefighter (Control)

The main role of the Firefighters (Control) is to answer emergency calls and decide what appliances need to be sent to each incident. The control room is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This is achieved by four watches of four Firefighter Control staff (a minimum of 3 staff are on duty at all times). In addition, they carry out a wide range of administrative duties. These duties include the reporting of sickness across the brigade, ensuring the staffing levels at the wholetime stations are maintained, by organising overtime as required and updating the status of the retained station appliances throughout the day and night.

Support Roles

Our support staff are also essential to make Shropshire a safer county. Our Support Staff offer a variety of skills in the following areas; Corporate Services, Health and Safety, Informations Communications Technology, Human Resources, Training and Development, Planning and Performance, Finance, Geographical Intelligence, Business Intelligence, Technical Services and Workshops.

For a list of our current vacancies, please see the right hand side of the page.

Unfortunately we will not be recruiting Wholetime Firefighters in the foreseeable future. Please continue to monitor our website regularly for updates on future wholetime firefighter recruitment.

Further Information

Headquarters Reception      Telephone: 01743 260 223/212