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Could Your Essex Business Employ An On-Call Firefighter?

Date: 14 September 2023

Blake's personnel spend a lot of time educating schools and businesses about fire safety. But what about when the worst happens and you have to send for the Fire Brigade?

Essex County Fire & Rescue has a total of 51 fire stations. 36 of these are run entirely by on-call firefighters or have an appliance crewed by on-call firefighters!

Who can be an on-call firefighter?

On-call firefighters are:

  1. men and women who are over 18;
  2. live OR work within five minutes of the fire station;
  3. and are physically fit.

They go about their daily lives as normal BUT morph into paid firefighters when their pager sounds.

If their day job is within five minutes of the fire station, then they can be on-call during working hours.

Essex firefighter vacancies

Essex County Fire & Rescue are recruiting on-call firefighters at the following stations:

Great Baddow
Leaden Roding
Old Harlow
Sible Hedingham
South Woodham Ferrers
Waltham Abbey
West Mersea

If you or any of your staff would like to apply to be an on-call firefighter, click here


Many on-call firefighters are in full time employment - either with a local business or working for themselves.

Could your Essex business employ an on-call firefighter?

Essex County Fire & Rescue are also looking for local businesses who are willing to employ on-call firefighters.

If you're looking to support your local community, employing an on-call firefighter gives you access to highly trained professionals who have many transferable skills. They can bring real value to your local business.

The thing that business owners worry about is the cost of having an employee who will need to leave immediately if they are called to an incident. What happens about the time lost?

Arrangements for being on-call for the Fire Brigade whilst at work are unique to each business. This could be to stop payment when the firefighter is called to an incident. Or to allow the employee to make up the time lost when they return from the incident or at a later date. Or something completely different, it's up to you what works best!

And don't worry if your employee has to be in Do Not Disturb mode for a while. There is the option to book as unavailable for a call out if they are working on something that can't be interrupted.

If you’re interested in finding out more about releasing an employee to become an on-call firefighter, call 01376 576698 or email

Fire safety for business

From our HQ in Southend-on-Sea, Blake's help businesses all over Essex with fire safety and compliance. Employing a trained, on-call firefighter is a welcome addition to your safety plans.

And here's another one! We know that finance is a large part of running a business, so we've written a FREE e-book to help you balance your budget and fire safety. Our expert advice will keep your business safe and your accountant happy!

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