Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


On-Call Firefighters

On-call firefighters are a vital part of today’s fire and rescue service. 

An on-call firefighter is ‘on call’ to respond to a range of emergencies and engages with their community. They have everyday lives and jobs, until the pager sounds - then they become professional firefighters, on the front line, saving lives.

On-call firefighters are paid for their services, they receive thorough training and learn all they need to know about emergency situations. 

On-call firefighters come from all walks of life. They could be men and women who are at home, in full or part-time employment, working for themselves, studying at college or university, or not currently employed. They are people who are able to give their time to assist the fire service and help protect their communities.

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

If you're serious about becoming an on-call firefighter and you think you have what it takes please complete an Initial Contact Form.

If you would like further information please contact the on-call recruitment team by calling 01376 576698 or emailing

  • 20/09/2017

    Additional Information

    More information on being an on-call firefighter can be found under support documents. ...

  • 29/11/2016

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  • 22/12/2015

    Meet The Crew

    Lorraine Melton Firefighter Newport Fire Station Read More For Lorraine Melton being an on-call firefighter gives her an opportunity to leave her everyday life behind and enjoy the excitement of not knowing what to expect and the satisfaction of helping her community. ...

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