Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Fire Service welcomes newest on-call recruits

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has welcomed ten new on-call firefighters after they completed their training and joined stations across the county.

The squad started their six-week basic training course in August, covering core skills that firefighters use in their roles such as using and lifting ladders, pumping water and rescuing casualties at road traffic collisions.

The firefighters, who will respond to incidents when paged while going about their daily business, will continue their training at their on-call fire stations.

They’ll be joining fire stations across the county at Billericay, Dovercourt, Frinton, Hawkwell, Saffron Walden, South Woodham Ferrers, Stansted, West Mersea and Wivenhoe.

Jo Turton, Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said: “I’d like to thank our latest recruits for their commitment to helping their communities and give them a warm welcome into our Service.

“Becoming an on-call firefighter takes a special type of person and our on-call firefighters all share our values and goals to make Essex and safe place to live, work and travel. They do this in their own time, often juggling full time jobs and family commitments and make a huge difference in their community and to our Service.

“On-call firefighters bring with them their life experiences and different skills that help us to see things from different perspectives, things they may have experienced in their lives could help us resolve an incident quicker. Being based in their local community means they can bring their local knowledge to incidents and being a familiar face to someone in their hour of need can be comforting.

“I am so grateful for every on-call firefighter and value their commitment to their communities.”

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has more than 500 on-call firefighters and most on-call fire stations are currently recruiting on-call firefighters.

If you live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be paid to protect your community as an on-call firefighter. Find out more about the role at

Page last updated 23 October, 2020

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