Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Ongar residents sign up to become on-call firefighters

Following a house fire in Ongar on Saturday Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has spent time in the community talking to residents about fire safety and recruitment.

Visiting homes in the town, firefighters and members of the Community Safety Team took time to ensure that residents felt informed about fire safety and were protected by working smoke alarms.

Daniel Hockly, Crew Manager at Ongar Fire Station, said:

“Our visits resulted in seven new smoke alarms being fitted to properties that had no working smoke alarms.

“We also spent time speaking to our residents about fire cover in our town and gave them information about supporting on-call firefighter recruitment.  

“In fact in just three days seven people came forward to apply to be on-call firefighters, four of which are in the required response distance.

“I encourage anyone who is interested and meets the criteria to apply, not only do we want to fill our vacancies but we also want to be in the position where we have a waiting list for when our current firefighter’s circumstances change.”

To become an on-call firefighter you must live or work within five minutes of Ongar Fire Station, be over 18 and be physically fit, though support will be given to help you meet fitness requirements.

For more details call 01376 576698, email or visit

To book a free home visit, where we will fit smoke alarms and talk to you about home fire safety, visit or call 0300 303 0088

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