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Meet Harry, an on-call firefighter in South Woodham Ferrers

At 18-years-old, Harry Clack from South Woodham Ferrers is one of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s (ECFRS) youngest on-call firefighters.

Harry, who is an apprentice in a support role with ECFRS, decided to train to become an on-call firefighter, initially in Maldon, but he soon moved to South Woodham Ferrers and now provides cover there.

"Being a young driver and motorcyclist, I form part of Essex’s high risk group for road traffic incidents. This made me want to be a firefighter, so that not only will I be giving back to the public services, but contributing to the safety of my friends, family and other people in Essex,” said Harry.

Harry provides on-call cover during the day and evenings as he lives and works within 5 minutes of South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station. When his pager sounds he immediately makes his way to the fire station. He never knows what he could be attending, it could be a road traffic collision, field fire or even a chemical spill. The role is more than fighting fires.

Harry is paid for the time he is available to work, regardless of whether he is called out. He is also paid an additional hourly rate for attending incidents and training. The amount on-call firefighters earn depends on their availability but they can earn anywhere between £4,000 and £8,000 a year, sometimes more.

"It’s a really great feeling to know I’ll be supporting the local community and helping to make Essex a safe place to live, work and travel."

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is currently recruiting on-call firefighters at South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station. Harry advises anyone interested in the role to: “Do your research on the job and commitment. But don’t overstress on things, the Service has a fantastic training team who will work with you throughout every part of the process.”

ECFRS will be holding drop in sessions for anyone interested in becoming an on-call firefighter at South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station on:

  • Thursday 20 February: Drop in between 1pm – 7pm to chat with our On-Call Liaison Officer
  • Saturday 22 February: Drop in between 10am – 4pm to chat to our On-Call Liaison Officer

Find out more about the role here.

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