Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Becoming a Volunteer

ECFRS Volunteer Programme

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is committed to ensuring that Essex is a safe place to live, work and travel through. Essex Fire Volunteers deliver a wide range of community safety advice and services throughout the County.

The Service’s volunteer roles are varied and can be adapted to the skills you have as well as the time you have available. Full training and support will be provided. You will not be out of pocket if you become a volunteer as travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Volunteers will be covered by the Service's Health and Safety and Insurance policies whilst undertaking volunteering tasks. However, to ensure appropriate cover is provided volunteers must ensure role guidelines are followed as detailed by the Volunteer Manager. Appropriate Service Volunteer uniform and identification will be provided and must be worn at all times when volunteering.

Volunteers are expected to have the same high level of integrity and commitment that is required of all Essex County Fire and Rescue Service staff. Volunteers will be provided with an agreement outlining the expected standards of behaviours and code of conduct. As part of our duty of care to all of our volunteers you will also be required to complete a medical health form.

Volunteers must be legally entitled to work in the UK and be over the age of 18 to apply.

All information about you will be kept confidential.

If you would like to apply, please complete the application form attached and return by email to or by post to:

HR Support Team
Volunteer Recruitment
Essex County Fire & Rescue Service
Kelvedon Park

Tel:       01376 576121
Fax:      01376 570466

The Application Process
Step 1 Complete application form.
Step 2 If shortlisted you will be invited to attend an informal interview.
Step 3 If successful two references will be requested and you will be required to complete a confidential Occupational Health questionnaire.  Where appropriate, a DBS (CRB) check will be undertaken.
Step 4 Upon satisfactory completion of the screening process you will be invited to induction and training.
Step 5 Upon successful completion of induction and training you will be formally accepted as an ECFRS Volunteer.

Volunteers who are considered unsuitable for a particular task will be provided with feedback and either offered alternative voluntary involvement with the Service or referred to the nearest Volunteer Centre.

Essex County Fire & Rescue Service is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

In line with Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, any volunteering role falling within the definition of regulated activity relating to children and adults will be subject to the appropriate DBS (CRB) and ISA Register checks.

If you would like to discuss the volunteering roles in more detail or have any general enquiries about volunteering with the Service please call 01376 576 037 or email:



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