Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Fire Hydrant & Dry-Riser Technician


Working Hours:  37 hours per week (9 Day Fortnight) 
Salary:   £18,672 - £19,819 pa / pro-rata pa
Location:  Wivenhoe Fire Station E21

Water Section are currently recruiting for a fire hydrant & dry-riser technician to join our team of five other technicians and our administration team. 

Based at Wivenhoe fire station, the role involves the inspection and maintenance of statutory and private fire hydrants and other assets across the County, predominately in the North East of the County.  Working on your own initiative in roadside and rural areas to identify fire hydrants, test and refurbish them using equipment from a workshop van. 

Training is available for the successful candidate, which would include fire hydrant repair techniques, NRSWA Highways working training (New Roads and Street Works Act) and tool and equipment use etc. The role will also involve the testing of dry-rising fire mains as part of a team.

Due to the nature of dry-riser testing, the work involves accessing high-rise buildings so a good general fitness level is essential.  The work required is manual, in varying weather conditions so the successful candidate must be able to demonstrate manual handling capability, dexterity and the ability to access areas that are in overgrown locations using petrol strimmer’s and hedge cutters and be able to pass the Authority’s in house driving course. Experience of working with members of the public and the ability to interpret technical drawings would also be advantageous.

Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Fire and Rescue Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

It is our policy to require all applicants for employment to disclose if you are currently being investigated by any regulatory body or have any decisions or sanctions pending or in progress in respect of your suitability to work for the Service.
You agree to inform the Service within 24 hours if you are subsequently investigated by any agency or organisation in relation to concerns about your behaviour towards children, young people or vulnerable adults.
The information you provide will be treated as strictly confidential and will be considered only in relation to the appointment for which you are applying.

This role maybe subject to a standard/enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

We are an equal opportunities employer who welcomes applications from everyone and values diversity in our workplace. A commitment to promoting diversity and developing a workplace environment where all staff are treated with dignity and respect is central to our recruitment process. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

To apply for this position please download the below application form/gain an application form please download this off our website at, contact us via email at or call us on 01376 576121 between 08.30-17.00 Monday to Thursday and 08.30-16.30 on Friday.

Completed application forms should be submitted to the Recruitment team by email to or by post and addressed to HR Support, ECFRS Service Headquarters, Kelvedon Park, Rivenhall, Essex, CM8 3HB.

Closing Date –   31st January 2019
Interview Date –   W/C 11th February 2019



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