Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Do you live or work close to South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station?

South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station is on the look out for people who spend their days or nights close by.

The fire station, which is based on Ferrers Road, is recruiting on-call firefighters; people who live or work within five minutes of the station and are paid to respond to incidents when called upon. 

Dan Wastell, Station Manager, said:
"During the ongoing pandemic we’ve seen a real shift in community spirit - people are continually asking how they can support public services and make a difference to where they live.

"The message is simple - if you live close enough then please consider applying to be an on-call firefighter, and if you don’t live close enough, then show your support by sharing our recruitment messages.

"And please, keep that community spirit and positivity going. The Thursday night clapping may have finished but you can still show your appreciation for our crews by simply recognising the time and commitment they give to keep you safe."

On-call firefighters are paid a standby rate and 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.

Lee Murray, on-call firefighter at South Woodham Ferrers said:
"You never know when or what the call you receive will be for. When your pager does go off, the adrenaline rush you get is amazing!"

"Speak to your immediate family to ensure that you can fit the role into your current lifestyle and if you can’t, are you willing to make sacrifices to make it work for you? If you can it is the most rewarding and exciting job."

Between Monday 6 July - Friday 10 July the station is holding a recruitment week. Although it’s not possible to visit the station at the moment, the team will be available for a telephone call, email chat or video call. 

Whether this is the first time you’ve considered the role, been thinking about it for a while, or just want to ask some questions, get in touch.

Email for more information or to arrange a chat.

Visit for more general information about the role.


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