The new contract allows people to be available to respond to emergencies from just 24 hours a week, for example while working at their regular job. On-call firefighters can be men and women who come from every walk of life. They may be at home, working for themselves or a nearby company, or even out in their local community. They must maintain their availability to respond to emergencies by staying within five minutes travel time of the fire station. They receive an annual wage plus additional payments for attending incidents and drill nights. They carry a pager and respond as and when they are needed. Group commander Karl Bowden, the service's head of on-call, said: "On-call firefighters are a vital part of the service and the local community. They respond to a wide range of incidents, from fighting fires, attending road traffic collisions, animal rescues to supporting other emergency services. "Improving the recruitment and retention of on-call firefighters remains a priority for us as a Service, and the new contracts are a huge step for us in reviewing our service and making sure it reflects modern day working. "We hope that by increasing the flexibility of the contracts it gives more people the opportunity to join us and fit it in around their work and home life. It will also hopefully help us provide on-call availability during our peak call times, where we are currently finding it more challenging to provide fully crewed on-call appliances." Anyone interested in finding out more about the role and what's involved can take part in a taster session. This takes place on Saturday, January 25, from 9.30am-12.30pm, at St Ives Fire Station, potential applicants can join current on-call firefighters in learning more about the lifestyle of a firefighter, as well as getting hands on with the equipment used to do the job. Participants must be 18 years or over, with a good level of all round fitness. To reserve your place, contact the recruitment team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01480 444500.