Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Live or work in Waltham Abbey?

Waltham Abbey 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 Waltham Abbey 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, firefighters will respond to incidents when alerted by a pager, just as they already do in Waltham Abbey between 6pm – 9am on weekdays and the at weekends.

On-call firefighters have everyday lives and jobs, until their pager sounds; then they immediately make their way to the fire station. On-call firefighters are professional firefighters, on the front line, saving lives.

On-call firefighters are paid employees and receive thorough training to enable them to respond to and deal with emergency situations.

To become an on-call firefighter you must live or work within five minutes of Waltham Abbey Fire Station, be over 18 and be physically fit, though support will be given to help you meet fitness requirements.

Assistant Divisional Officer Dave Barnard, Station Commander for Waltham Abbey, said: “On-call recruitment can be difficult in commuter towns, because nowadays there are fewer people who both live and work in the community during the day.

“On-call firefighters are a crucial part of local services and communities and the role is unpredictable, exciting and at the same time, extremely rewarding. I encourage anyone interested to apply.”

Waltham Abbey Fire Station is holding a drop in recruitment information session between 6pm - 8pm on Thursday 14 September. There's no need to book, just turn up on the day.

Alternatively we’ll also be giving out information during our annual open day on Saturday 23 September between 10am – 4pm. Come along to see our demonstrations and find out more about becoming an on-call firefighter while you’re there.

For more details call 01376 576698, email or visit

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