Appeal for more firefighters in Maldon District
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and Maldon District Council are working in partnership to support fire stations to recruit new on-call firefighters.
Burnham-on-Crouch, Tollesbury, Tillingham and Maldon fire stations are looking to boost their numbers by hiring more on-call firefighters, who are a vital part of today's fire and rescue service.
The call comes as part of the fire service’s countywide on-call firefighter recruitment campaign.
Cllr Miriam Lewis, Leader of Maldon District Council, said: “On-call firefighters are of critical importance to the fire and rescue service in our District, and play an essential role in keeping our residents safe. The District Council fully supports the drive for new recruits.”
Cllr Ron Pratt, Chairman of Community Services at Maldon District Council, added “Being an on-call firefighter gives residents the chance to serve their local community and make a difference to everyone’s lives. If you live or work within five minutes of the fire stations in Burnham-on-Crouch, Tollesbury, Tillingham or Maldon, are over 18 and are physically fit, I would encourage you to consider a role as an on-call firefighter.”
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 and they receive thorough training and learn all they need to know about emergency situations.
To become an on-call firefighter you must live or work within five minutes of the on-call fire station, be over 18 and be physically fit, though support will be given to help you meet fitness requirements.
Simon Dedman, Station Manager at Burnham, Tillingham and Maldon, said: “On-call recruitment can be difficult in small towns and rural areas, because nowadays there are fewer people who both live and work in small communities. This has put local services under threat. On-call firefighters are a crucial part of local services and communities and the role is unpredictable, exciting and rewarding. I encourage anyone interested to apply.”