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Work patterns

A firefighter practicing with a hoseWhen applying to become a Firefighter, there are various duty systems available:-

Wholetime Days and Nights – This shift system  is based on an average working week of 42 hours worked on a rota basis consisting of two day shifts followed by two night shifts followed by 4 days off. This system is worked on our wholetime stations at Norwich City, Sprowston, North Earlham, Gt Yarmouth and Kings Lynn.

Wholetime Days - This shift system is based on an average of 42 hours a week worked on 9 days in each fortnight, Monday to Friday. The rota day is rostered on an ‘advancing day’ basis. This system is worked on our wholetime station at Thetford.


Retained Duty System - Retained firefighters are ‘on call’ and are required to respond to emergency calls during their periods of availability. Retained firefighters are also required to participate in weekly drill nights. You are required to be close to your station during periods of availability so you can respond quickly. This duty system is worked on 41 stations across the County.

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