Isle of Wight Council is hiring on-call firefighters

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is recruiting more on-call firefighters to join stations and help protect residents.

There are 23 vacancies across the Island to support full-time crews.

Absolutely no experience is necessary and full, continuous training will be provided for anyone who wants to join the emergency service.

Cabinet member for community safety, Councillor Tig Outlaw (Lake North), said: “We have enough firefighters to ensure the Island is safe but we’re always looking ahead.

Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service attend and incident at the Floating Bridge

“The role of on-call personnel is vital to support the full-time crews and offers the important flexibility to respond to emergencies when necessary.

“Many people have full-time jobs in all walks of life across the Island but also make this invaluable contribution to the community.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for Islanders to learn new skills and do their bit to help protect the community and earn extra money.”

Will Newnham, crew manager at Ryde Fire Station, started as an on-call firefighter and added: “We all come from different walks of life and day jobs but as soon as the alerter goes off, we’re one team.

“From responding to fires, road traffic collisions, floods and animal rescues, you really can expect to see anything.

“The commitment required is very real and it’s something your family needs to support but the sense of job satisfaction is huge and it’s something I’m very proud to be a part of.”

Anyone thinking about becoming a firefighter should apply at this link: