Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Almost 150 Essex residents try out firefighter tests

Almost 150 Essex residents visited Essex County Fire and Rescue Service to understand the role of a modern day firefighter.

Despite the cold weather, attendees at the Service Training Centre in Witham tried out the bleep test, ladder lift, equipment carry, casualty evacuation and tried on breathing apparatus.

At the end of the sessions the groups took part in a question and answer session about on-call and wholetime recruitment as colleagues from across the service explained the role and helped tackle any myths and stereotypes that still exist.

New recruits, Firefighter Katie Adrain (Grays Blue Watch) and Firefighter Jamie-Louise Newstead (Basildon Blue Watch), were on hand to talk about their experiences, right from attending last year’s taster sessions through to becoming firefighters.

Firefighter Katie Adrain said:

"I attended last year's session to find out what I needed to do to give me the best chance of becoming a firefighter.

"It has been an amazing 12 months and I'm so glad I applied. I've met some inspirational people and can't wait to continue my journey with the Service."

Above: Katie when she attended the session last year (left) and as a professional firefighter this year (right).

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service plans to open wholetime recruitment in spring 2019.

For more information on becoming an on-call or wholetime firefighter in Essex visit

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