Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Meet Jamie, an on-call firefighter in Dovercourt

Jamie Bliss, 41, is a postman and is also paid to protect his community as an on-call firefighter.

"I wanted to give more back to the community and make Essex a safer place," says Jamie. "My dad influenced me as he was an on-call firefighter in Dovercourt for 27 years."

Jamie provides between 105-115 hours cover a week at Dovercourt Fire Station in the afternoons, evenings and weekends. He is paid an hourly rate for the time he can be on-call and a further pay out when he is called out to an incident.

He says, “I fit my on-call firefighter role around my job and personal life with great help from my girlfriend and family.”

Jamie goes about his daily business until the pager sounds, he then has to get to Dovercourt Fire Station within five minutes. He could be heading to a house fire, a road traffic collision or even a flood. On-call firefighters attend a variety of incidents.

“The thing I love most about being an on-call firefighter is helping those in need and in trouble as well as the satisfaction of knowing I’ve made a difference to someone by helping them,” says Jamie. “I also love that the Fire Service is one big family.”

We’re currently recruiting on-call firefighters at Dovercourt Fire Station. Jamie’s advice for anyone interested in the role is: “Go for it and apply to become an on-call firefighter because there is nothing more satisfying than knowing you’ve made someone safe or helped in times of trouble whether it’s a small thing or a big thing.”

We're recruiting on-call firefighters at Dovercourt Fire Station.

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