Press release

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service welcomes 17 new firefighters

17 new firefighters at Passing Out Parade

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service proudly welcomed 17 new wholetime firefighters to the Service during a passing out ceremony at the Service Training Centre in Witham today.

The new recruits will be heading to Brentwood, Basildon, Orsett, Loughton, Southend, Harlow, Grays and Rayleigh fire stations.

The ceremony was attended by Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Rick Hylton, Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex and the High Sheriff of Essex, Charles Bishop. Proud family, friends and colleagues looked on in the crowd and the ceremony was live streamed for those who couldn’t make it in person.

The highlight of the ceremony featured the new recruits showcasing their training by performing two drills. They demonstrated their skills and professionalism in tackling a house fire and responding to a road traffic collision.

Rick Hylton, Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive said: “Today is a momentous occasion for all of us here, and I am proud to welcome and congratulate our seventeen new firefighters into the Service.

“After being put through their paces for the past 17 weeks, our passing out parade allows us to witness the exemplary skills and dedication of our newest squad of firefighters, your loved ones, and our colleagues. 

“I’d also like to say a big thank you to our Operational Training team, Watch Managers and support staff who help keep our Service Training Centre running so efficiently. The success of our training programme is, in no small part, thanks to their commitment.

“Our recruits have reached an important milestone today and I wish all our new firefighters every success in your career with our Service.

"Your collective contribution will undoubtedly play a crucial role in making Essex a safe place to live, work and travel.”

Firefighter Joseph Phillips was presented with a special award, and was recognised for his determination and professionalism, and great teamwork during the course.

If you think this is the role for you, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will be opening up wholetime recruitment in early spring 2024.  

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