Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Launching our 2019 wholetime firefighter campaign

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) is inviting people to apply to become wholetime firefighters.

Recruitment will open on Tuesday 16 April at 6.30am, and will run for one week, or until 1200 people apply.

The announcement follows last year’s wholetime recruitment drive, which was the service’s first in nine years.

The recruitment campaign will celebrate the modern day firefighter and highlight the key role they play in their community, challenging outdated stereotypes and myths.

ECFRS Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive Jo Turton said:

"Last year's recruitment campaign saw us successfully recruit multiple squads of new firefighters.

"We’ve watched these new recruits learn a huge amount through our intensive training programme and join colleagues across the county in providing an outstanding service to our communities. 

"All firefighters bring something different to the team, and we recognise the value that diversity brings. It enriches our perspective, and broadens the skills and attributes required of a high performing organisation.

"All of our firefighters are united by one common mission – the commitment to making Essex a safe place to live work and travel, and we are looking for outstanding people who are dedicated to working as a team to achieve this.

"I would encourage anyone thinking about becoming a firefighter to apply on Tuesday 16 April."

The initial stage of recruitment will involve completing a short form to ensure you are eligible to apply and meet the basic criteria.

After this there will be a series of online tests, personal qualities assessment (PQA) application, followed by a fitness test, interview and occupational health test.

If you’re interested in applying to become a firefighter and want to know more, visit

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