Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Postie Dean delivers first class, life-saving service

When people on postie Dean McDermid's round don’t get their mail on time they take it in their stride. For they know that Dean is out delivering another first class service… saving lives in their community as a member of Ingatestone’s dedicated retained fire crew.

The postman swaps his Royal Mail van for a fire engine at a moment’s notice and holding down two such important community roles means he is one of the best known faces in town.

Dean said: “Everyone knows me, either as the postman or as a firefighter or as both. AIl the people I deliver to know that I might have to rush off at any moment and they are very understanding and know that as soon as I have finished at whatever incident I have been paged to, I’ll be back with their letters and parcels.

“The two roles are a great fit and it means that in both roles I get to bring real benefits to the community where I live and work. Royal Mail has been fantastic in allowing me the flexibility to be able to do both.”

Everyone in Ingatestone is familiar with seeing Dean’s face every morning as he delivers post and as they know he’s also a retained firefighter they will often ask questions about incidents and what to do in case of fire, so he regularly takes the opportunity to deliver fire safety advice and education along with the post.

“Only the other day I was delivering post to an elderly gentleman when he told me he was having trouble with his old smoke alarm,” said Dean. “So, I finished off my round and was back within an hour to fit a brand new smoke alarm as part of ECFRS’ free home fire safety visit scheme.”

Having two community centred jobs means Dean knows what is happening in his community and is only two happy to help make sure everyone is fire safe.

Dean said: “It’s really rewarding knowing that the job you’re doing is worthwhile and helps people, from the small tit bits of safety advice to attending serious incidents.

“When I add it all up, it means that what I do helps make my friends and neighbour’s safer and could save someone’s life. That’s where I get the reward from the job, though I do get paid as well!”

Dean’s fellow Ingatestone firefighters hold a range of jobs from a local fishmonger, a builder and a-caterer. All hold down full time jobs and live within five minutes of the fire station, responding by pager at a moment’s notice when there is an incident. Right now, the station is recruiting to fill its ranks. So, if you would like to join Dean and the crew as a retained firefighter at Ingatestone then you can drop in on Saturday to the station’s open day between 11.30am and 3pm and have a chat. Alternatively, find out more here:

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service also has retained firefighter vacancies at: Billericay, Brentwood, Coggeshall, Corringham, Dovercourt, Epping, Ingatestone, Leaden Roding, Manningtree, Newport, Ongar, Tillingham, Wethersfield, Wickford, Wivenhoe.

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