Live or work in Dovercourt? We're recruiting!
Dovercourt Fire Station is on the look-out for on-call firefighters.
The call comes as part of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s (ECFRS) countywide recruitment campaign, to hire more on-call firefighters, who are a vital part of today's fire and rescue service.
Last year ECFRS held a public consultation which outlined that Dovercourt Fire Station would change from day-crewed to on-call.
This means instead of having firefighters in the fire station during the day Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, on-call firefighters will now respond to incidents, just as they already do in Dovercourt between 6pm – 9am on weekdays and the at weekends.
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.
Terry Jewell, Station Manager at Dovercourt, 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.
“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.”
Anyone interested can drop into Dovercourt Fire Station on Saturday 22 April between 10am and 2pm.
If you cannot make the recruitment day, simply drop into the station on a Thursday between 7pm and 9pm to speak to a crew member.