Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is currently recruiting on-call firefighters at South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station.

If you’re aged over 18 and live or work within five minutes of one of these stations, you could be paid to protect your community. You’ll follow in the footsteps of more than 500 on-call firefighters across the Service.

On-call firefighters go about their daily lives until their pager sounds, when they immediately make their way to their local fire station. They never know what they could be attending; it could be a road traffic collision, a field fire or even a chemical spill.

On-call firefighters are not volunteers, they are paid for the time they are available to work, regardless of whether they are called out.

They are also paid an additional hourly rate for attending incidents and training. The amount on-call firefighters get paid depends on their availability but they can earn anywhere between £4,000 and £8,000 a year, sometimes more.

To become an on-call firefighter, you’ll need to pass an assessment day including a fitness test, which you’ll be supported through by the Service Fitness Team. In addition to the evening training sessions, new recruits begin attending their local station’s drill night, something they’ll be expected to do throughout their career in order to keep their training and knowledge current.

Drop In Events

To speak to our team about the on-call firefighter role, head over to South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station:

Tuesday 18 February:
Drop in between 1pm – 7pm to chat with our On-Call Liaison Officer.
From 6pm, you can watch our training night at the fire station.

Thursday 20 February:
Drop in between 1pm – 7pm to chat with our On-Call Liaison Officer.

Saturday 22 February:
Drop in between 10am – 4pm to chat to our On-Call Liaison Officer.

More Information

What is an on-call firefighter?

On-call firefighters protect their local area by responding to incidents such as fires and road traffic collisions as well as community safety work.

You’ll need to live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station so that you can respond quickly when paged. You’ll also need to be over 18 years of age and physically fit. Find out more about on-call firefighters.

Ready to apply?
Already know about on-call firefighting and ready to apply? Apply now.

Any questions?
Contact the Human Resources Department by phone: 01376 576698 or email

Live somewhere else?
We’re recruiting for on-call firefighters all over Essex – find out where else now