Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Calling West Mersea residents

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is on the lookout for on-call firefighters in West Mersea.

West Mersea Fire Station is looking to boost its numbers by hiring more on-call firefighters, who are a vital part of today's fire and rescue service.

The call comes as part of the fire service’s countywide on-call firefighter recruitment campaign.

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 the on-call fire station, be over 18 and be physically fit, though support will be given to help you meet fitness requirements.

Scott Meekings, Station Commander at West Mersea, 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.”

West Mersea Fire Station is holding a recruitment information session on Saturday 20 May for anyone who is interested to drop in and speak directly to current on-call firefighters. There is no need to book, simply drop in anytime between 10am - 2pm. 

For more details call 01376 576698, email or visit

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