Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


On-Call Firefighters

On-call firefighters are a vital part of today’s fire and rescue service: They are people who get paid to protect their local community.

What is an on-call firefighter?
On-call firefighters have everyday lives and jobs, until their pager sounds; then they immediately make their way to the fire station. They don’t work for a back-up team or a second rate crew. On-call firefighters are professional firefighters, on the front line, saving lives.

Do I have to fit a certain profile?
Our role and workforce has developed and so has our place in the community. Our on-call firefighters come from all walks of life - from stay at home parents and self-employed business owners to shop workers and tradespeople. Male and female. Tall and short. Fitness enthusiasts and cake lovers alike. And most don’t have any previous experience until they apply.

There are just three requirements – you must:

  • live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station
  • be over 18
  • be physically fit (we will support you and give training in this area)

What will I do?
Our on-call firefighters are called out to anything from floods and fires to road traffic collisions or chemical spills; we make sure they are trained to deal with everything from extinguishing burning buildings to providing first aid.

What support will you give me?
From day one we’re here to support you through the process. Our On-Call Recruitment Team will guide you through the entire process, our Fitness Team will support your fitness journey and our Training Instructors will ensure you’re confident during the assessment.

Ready to apply?
If you're thinking about becoming an on-call firefighter and you think you have what it takes please complete an application form.

If you would like more information please contact the on-call recruitment team by calling 01376 576698 or emailing or look at the sections below.

  • 26/04/2018

    On-call firefighter application process

    How does the application process work? Once you’ve received all of the information you need and you’re ready to apply you’ll fill in an application form. This will give us your basic details and give us an idea of how much availability you can offer. After we receive your ...

  • 30/10/2017

    On-Call Firefighter Fitness

    Many people worry that they aren’t fit enough or strong enough to be a firefighter when this probably isn’t the case. Being a firefighter is a physical job, but most people can reach the average level of fitness that we require. Our Fitness Team are here to support you throughout the ...

  • 30/10/2017

    On-call firefighter's additional employment

    Many of our on-call firefighters carry out their role alongside their day job. This works differently for each person - perhaps you work for a company that is based near a fire station and your employer might be happy to release you when your pager goes off. You might be self-employed ...

  • 30/10/2017

    On-call firefighters: Frequently asked questions

    What are on-call firefighters? On-call firefighters respond to emergency calls from home or work when their pager goes off, rather than being based full-time at a fire station. Can anyone be a on-call firefighter? Yes, provided you are over 18 years old when your employment starts, meet the ...

  • 30/10/2017

    On-call firefighters glossary

    Alerter: Another name for a pager, which goes off when you are needed at the fire station. Appliance: Another name for a fire engine. Assessment day: A day where you’ll complete the fitness and written assessments required to move to the next stage of becoming an on-call ...

  • 30/10/2017

    Apply now to be an on-call firefighter

    If you're ready to apply the next step to to fill out an application form. Once you've created an account and filled out the form the On-Call Recruitment team will be in touch. If there are no vacancies at your chosen station, or you availability does not match when cover is needed, ...

  • 27/10/2017

    On-call firefighter training and development

    Once you’ve passed your assessment process and been offered employment with us you’ll be ready to start training to become an on-call firefighter. This will begin with a two-week training course, which runs Monday - Friday. After this you’ll attend evening training ...

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