Fire Service welcomes six new on-call firefighters

News / Sun 25th Feb 2024 at 08:43am

SIX new on-call firefighters have been welcomed into Essex County Fire and Rescue Service after completing their basic training course at Maldon Fire Station this week.

The new recruits all live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station and will respond to incidents when paged. They will be heading to Braintree, Halstead, Hawkwell, Stansted and Witham fire stations.

The team completed their two-week intensive training course on Friday 23 February and will continue their training at their home stations. 

Dean, a Flight Attendant with Ryanair, saw a recruitment banner outside Stansted Fire Station and decided to apply. 

He said: “I wanted to do a bit more for my community as I was sitting at home in between flights. I’m looking forward to being part of the team at Stansted and for my first shout.”

More than three quarters of fire stations in Essex are staffed by on-call firefighters. They all live or work within five minutes of the fire station and are paged when there is an incident. This means they can go about their daily business working or spending time in their community while helping to keep the fire station available when needed. 

As well as responding to incidents, on-call firefighters also carry out home fire safety visits, attend community events and visit community hubs like schools and care homes to give safety advice. 

If you live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be paid to protect your community as an on-call firefighter. 

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1 Comment for Fire Service welcomes six new on-call firefighters:

2024-02-25 12:24:11

Well done Lewis

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