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On-call firefighters are proud to serve Lincolnshire communities, while local employers benefit from their special skills…

Imagine having four members of staff ready to down tools and dash off at a moment’s notice! That’s the challenge for Donington joinery company GeorgeBarnsdale.

Retained firefighters

Shawn Scott, John Scott and Kieran Rose.

Employees John and Shawn Scott, Kieran Rose and Robert Holstead all combine their work with being on-call firefighters at the local fire station.

Company director Tom Wright, 37, says: “We’re pleased to support the village through having four retained firefighters.

“As soon as their alerters go off, they can be at the fire station and ready to go within two minutes.”

The firm also benefits from the arrangement, as Tom explains: “The guys get training in first aid and using equipment, and a lot of that is transferrable to the workplace.

“As an employer, we have to find ways to manage when they’re called out, but the benefits more than outweigh any challenges.”

The retained firefighters from George Barnsdale include John Scott, who signed up 34 years ago, while 26-year-old son Shawn followed his example in 2012.

John, 52, says: “I used to work next door to the station and, having slowly got involved, finally plucked up the courage to join.

“We attend a whole range of incidents, and every time your alerter goes off, you get an adrenaline rush. You don’t know what you’re going to until you get to the station.

“As well as being a firefighter, I’m a trained co-responder, and we turn out to medical emergencies, including strokes, chest pains and cardiac arrests.

“I’m very well-trained but there’s nothing like learning on the job. You pick up a new skill every time, and the paramedics we work with are great at passing on their knowledge.”

John adds: “People are so appreciative when we arrive at an incident. We can give reassurance and first aid, and serving the community is really positive for the station.

“If anyone is thinking of becoming an on-call firefighter, I’d definitely recommend finding out more.

“Just go along to your local fire station on drill (training) night. Then, if you think it’s for you, put your name forward - I’m sure you won’t regret it.”

Could you apply?

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue are looking for applicants who:

  • Are at least 18 and of good character
  • Live/work near their community fire station
  • Are able to provide on-call cover
  • Can pass hearing/eyesight tests

The hourly rate for trainees is £10.15. There’s also a retained flat rate and an incident attendance fee.

More retained firefighters are needed across Lincolnshire, but particularly in Bardney, Billingborough, Binbrook, Boston, Brant Broughton, Corby Glen,North Somercotes, Waddington and Wragby.

To find out more, visit

Firefighter factfile

  • A trainee on-call firefighter earns £10.15 an hour, rising to £10.58 once they complete training school and start development.
  • Once qualified, the pay is £13.53 per hour. A retained firefighter can also progress to watch manager, earning £16.78 an hour.
  • The skills of a retained firefighter are transferable to “wholetime” posts, where there is the potential for further career opportunities


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