If you are planning on responding to incidents while you are at your place of work, you must have the permission of your employer. It is important that they understand what this involves so please ensure your employer receives the Employer Information Pack (available by request). Employers will also need to sign a form confirming that you can be released from work. These can be found in the application pack.
In Durham and Darlington some of our Retained firefighters are self employed. These include mechanics, bricklayers, plumbers and shop owners. Many of these people have found that being an Retained firefighter has a positive impact on their business. This is because they have better links with their local businesses and communities and they are well known and trusted by the people in their area.
Without the support and encouragement of their partners and families, Retained firefighters would struggle to carry out their role. This support does mean that occasionally the lives of partners and families can be affected. The main disadvantages to being Retained are:
Alternative child or dependent care arrangements need to be made in case you need to respond to an emergency quickly.
However, having an Retained firefighter within the family are:
If you are interested in becoming an Retained firefighter you need to visit your local station on drill night (details of when these are can be found on our website) to talk to the crew about what it is like being an Retained firefighter. They will also be able to talk you through the current availability needs of the station and assist you with completion of any forms.