Could you be an on-call firefighter in Waltham Abbey?
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is holding a week long recruitment drive in Waltham Abbey for anyone interested in becoming an on-call firefighter.
If you’re over 18 and live or work within five minutes of Waltham Abbey Fire Station, 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.
After passing your initial fitness test, you’ll spend two full weeks training at ECFRS's Service Training Centre followed by a further evening session for 10 weeks. In addition to the weekly session at Service Training Centre, 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.
Could you be an on-call firefighter?
If you're aged 18 or over, live or work within 5 minutes of Waltham Abbey Fire Station and are physically fit, you could be paid to protect your local community. For more information visit essex-fire.gov.uk/wa
You can find out more about the role next week from firefighters and on-call liaison officers who will be on hand to answer any questions you have:
• Tuesday 4 February – Drop in at Waltham Abbey Fire Station between 1pm and 7pm to chat to our On-Call Liaison Officer.
• Thursday 6 February - Drop in at Waltham Abbey Fire Station between 1pm and 7pm to chat to our On-Call Liaison Officer. From 6pm, you can watch a training night at the fire station
• Saturday 8 February – Our On-Call Liaison Officers will be at Gunpowder Parkrun with a recruitment stall. Drop in at Waltham Abbey Fire Station between 10am – 4pm to chat with our On-Call Liaison Officer.