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Could you be on-call in Great Baddow, South Woodham Ferrers or Waltham Abbey?

We're recruiting on-call firefighter in Great Baddow, South Woodham Ferrers and Waltham Abbey

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is holding week long recruitment drives in Great Baddow, South Woodham Ferrers and Waltham Abbey for anyone interested in becoming an on-call firefighter.

If you are aged over 18 and live or work within five minutes of one of these stations, you could follow in the footsteps of the 500+ on-call firefighters across the Service.

On-call firefighters go about their daily lives until their pager sounds, when they immediately make their way to their local fire station. They never know what they could be attending; it could be a road traffic collision, a field fire or even a chemical spill. 

On-call firefighters are paid for the time they are available to work, regardless of whether they are called out. They are also paid an additional hourly rate for attending incidents and training. The amount on-call firefighters get paid depends on their availability but they can earn anywhere between £4,000 and £8,000 a year, sometimes more.

To become an on-call firefighter, you’ll need to pass an assessment day including a fitness test, which you'll be supported through by the Service Fitness Team.

In addition to the evening training sessions, new recruits begin attending their local station's drill night, something they'll be expected to do throughout their career in order to keep their training and knowledge current.

To speak to our team about the on-call firefighter role, head over to:

South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station:
Drop in events between Monday 14 - Friday 18 October. For more information visit: essex-fire.gov.uk/swf

Great Baddow Fire Station:
Drop in events between Monday 21 - Friday 25 October. For more information visit: essex-fire.gov.uk/gb

Waltham Abbey Fire Station:
Drop in events held between Monday 28 October - Friday 1 November. For more information visit: essex-fire.gov.uk/wa

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