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Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is holding week long recruitment drives in Great Baddow, Waltham Abbey, Dovercourt and South Woodham Ferrers for anyone interested in becoming an on-call firefighter.

If you’re aged over 18 and live or work within five minutes of one of these stations, you could be paid to protect your community. You’ll follow in the footsteps of more than 500 on-call firefighters across the Service.

On-call firefighters go about their daily lives until their pager sounds, when they immediately make their way to their local fire station. They never know what they could be attending; it could be a road traffic collision, a field fire or even a chemical spill.

On-call firefighters are not volunteers, they are paid for the time they are available to work, regardless of whether they are called out.

They are also paid an additional hourly rate for attending incidents and training. The amount on-call firefighters get paid depends on their availability but they can earn anywhere between £4,000 and £8,000 a year, sometimes more.

To become an on-call firefighter, you’ll need to pass an assessment day including a fitness test, which you'll be supported through by the Service Fitness Team. In addition to the evening training sessions, new recruits begin attending their local station's drill night, something they'll be expected to do throughout their career in order to keep their training and knowledge current.

To speak to our team about the on-call firefighter role, head over to:

Great Baddow Fire Station:

Drop in events between Monday 27 January and Saturday 1 February. For more information visit: essex-fire.gov.uk/gb

Waltham Abbey Fire Station:

Drop in events held between Tuesday 4 February and Saturday 8 February. For more information visit: essex-fire.gov.uk/wa

Dovercourt Fire Station:

Drop in events held between Tuesday 11 February and Saturday 15 February. For more information visit: essex-fire.gov.uk/dovercourt

South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station:

Drop in events between Tuesday 18 February and Saturday 22 February. For more information visit: essex-fire.gov.uk/swf

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