Payment is made by monthly direct credit to your bank account or building society account. The rate of pay for on-call firefighters is dependent on your availability and will be reviewed bi-annually each year.
The retaining fee is worked out depending upon the number of hours availability given by the employee on a weekly basis. This can be anything from 120 hours per week to as low as 40 hours per week cover. An average hours percentage is worked out over a 6 month period of time and employees are paid for exactly what they have worked.
As well as the bi annual retaining fee, on-call firefighters are paid an hourly rate of pay for attending the following:
Trainee firefighter rate
This is when an on-call firefighter joins their station and is in the process of completing all initial basic training until they are deemed safe to ride the fire appliance and start to give hours of cover.
Development firefighter rate
Once they have successfully completed their initial training, on-call firefighters are placed on the development pay scale. They will remain on this scale until they have completed the remaining core development modules and courses and have proved their competence.
Competent firefighter rate
Once your district manager has verified the evidence as meeting the standard, you will then be paid competent rate of pay.
From the date of commencement of your employment you will be deemed to be a contributor to the New Firefighters Pension Scheme. You may, however, opt out of contributions to this scheme.
The principle benefits are an annual pension payable on retirement and the option to commute part of the pension, to receive a lump sum payment (at present tax free). Benefits are payable at retirement on age grounds, or an earlier retirement because of ill-health. The amount of pension and lump sum depends on length of service and is based on final pensionable pay usually averaged over the last 12 months of service.