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Live or work in South Woodham Ferrers?

South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station is on the look-out for new on-call firefighters, who are a vital part of today's fire and rescue service.

The call comes as part of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s countywide on-call firefighter recruitment campaign.

Last year ECFRS held a public consultation which outlined that South Woodham Ferrers 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 South Woodham Ferrers 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 South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station, be over 18 and be physically fit, though support will be given to help you meet fitness requirements. 

Martyn Hare, Station Commander for South Woodham Ferrers, 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.”

South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station is holding a drop in recruitment information session between 10am - 1pm on Saturday 1 July. There's no need to book, just turn up on the day.

For more details call 01376 576698, email oncall.recruitment@essex-fire.gov.uk or visit www.essex-fire.gov.uk/oncall

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