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Service launches on-call firefighter recruitment drive

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has today launched a new recruitment drive to encourage people to become an on-call firefighter.

On-call firefighters support community safety activities including visiting schools and helping people stay safe in their homes by fitting smoke alarms and providing advice as part of our free home safety visit schemes.

They work to protect communities across Essex at 34 of the Service’s 50 fire stations which are crewed by on-call firefighters who also respond to incidents such as fires and road traffic collisions.

They will live or work within five minutes of the fire station, as when paged to respond to incidents they need to be able to get to the station quickly.

With many of these stations being in more rural communities the Service can face a challenge ensuring that there is adequate fire cover available. The recruitment campaign will target these communities highlighting the important role on-call firefighters play and the benefits the role can offer both individuals and local businesses.

Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley said: “On-call firefighters play a vital role, both within Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and within their communities.

“With fewer and fewer people now working in rural communities recruitment, particularly for day cover, can be challenging but in the coming months we will be working hard to ensure that we have adequate cover at all times throughout the County.

“It is a rewarding and challenging role. On-call firefighters not only attend incidents they also get involved in a wide range of community safety activities including visiting schools and helping people stay safe in their homes by fitting smoke alarms and providing advice as part of our free home safety visit schemes.”

To join ECFRS as an on-call firefighter you need to be fit and healthy and be able to work as an active member of your local area to promote community safety.

You will get lots of training, learn new skills and how to use state-of-the-art equipment. The Service is particularly looking for recruits who will be able to provide cover during the daytime and would like to recruit more women and people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds .

You might be a mother or father who needs to be around for your children but have school hours free, a recent graduate unable to get a foot on the employment ladder or someone who is self-employed?

To qualify you need to be able to get to the fire station within around five minutes from either home or work. On-call firefighters respond by pager, so your employer will need to support your application if you sign up for hours when you are working in your primary job.

Rates of pay are good, you will receive professional training and life skills you can take with you wherever you go. Being and on-call firefighter is a lasting commitment so you will need to be dedicated. Being part of our on-call service offers the chance to earn extra money and put something back into the community where you live.

To find out more visit our website at: http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Recruitment/Current_Vacancies/On-Call_Firefighters/

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