Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Taster sessions aimed at BAME applicants

Good communicator? Community minded? Physically fit? We’re looking for you.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is taking positive action to encourage people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities to come and try out a new career.

We want our workforce to be as diverse as the communities we serve and to do this we particularly need to recruit more people from BAME communities, who are not only under-represented but who may not consider firefighting as a career.

No two days are the same when you’re a firefighter. Our role has developed and so has our place in the community.

Firefighting isn’t just about fighting fires. As well as the varied incidents you could attend, such as road traffic collisions and floods, you are just as likely to be carrying out a home safety visit, talking to the community about fire safety or working with our partners to support a campaign.

If you’re looking for a long-term career with flexibility, prospects for progression firefighting is an ideal career.

We’re holding two BAME taster sessions for people from those communities to come along to find out more about the role and try out some of the physical tests you’d need to perform during recruitment and training. Our firefighters and fitness advisors will all be on hand to offer advice and support.

This doesn’t mean we won’t be recruiting people from other backgrounds when applications for wholetime firefighters open in spring this year, but right now we want to raise awareness among groups that are less likely to step forward and see what’s involved in becoming a fire professional.

Our taster sessions will take place on:

Thursday 7 March 2019: 18:00 – 20:00 – Witham Fire Station

Saturday 6 April 2019: 11:00 – 13:00 – Witham Fire Station

People from BAME communities from Essex and the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest are all invited to attend.

Please visit Eventbrite to book your place.

Please ensure you wear sportswear on the day and plan ahead for your journey as there is no parking on site. 


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