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Call For New On-Call Firefighters

Published on Monday, 8th March 2021

Lyndsey Gymer
Maldon On-Call Firefighter Lyndsey Gymer

Maldon District Council is pleased to be supporting Essex County Fire and Rescue Service as part of the national campaign to encourage people who have a passion for helping their local community to become on-call firefighters.

The ‘Need More’ on-call fire campaign, led by the National Fire Chiefs Council, is in its third year and aims to highlight opportunities that are open to people from all walks of life.

Working as an on-call firefighter means being involved in a wide range of activities in your local area from responding to emergency calls to carrying out work in local communities.

In return the fire service can offer flexible work to fit around study, work and family commitments, first class training and development opportunities and a chance to make a difference in your local community.

Cllr Wendy Stamp, Leader of Maldon District Council, said; “As a rural area, we heavily rely on the amazing Fire and Rescue teams that serve our District.  I would like to pay tribute to the Fire and Rescue personnel who currently support our community and save lives with such professionalism and dedication. If you think you would like to give something back to the community, I would encourage you to consider becoming an ‘on-call’ Firefighter. ”

Moira Bruin, Assistant Chief Fire Officer at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, said:

“On-call firefighters are a vital part of most UK fire and rescue services, and at ECFRS three-quarters of our fire stations are crewed by on-call firefighters.

“We often hear that the reason people don’t apply is that they don’t really understand the role or the benefits.

“I would encourage anyone who lives or works within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station to do their research and consider if it’s something they might enjoy.

“Working in the fire service means you become part of a close-knit team, earn extra money and receive full and ongoing training so you develop a broad range of transferable work and life skills.”

Joe Hassell, NFCC on-call lead said: “Communities have seen the brilliant work the Fire Service has done in supporting them during the Covid-19 pandemic. Activities that our fantastic on-call firefighters have been involved in have ranged from providing advice to people staying safe at home, driving ambulances, delivering food, prescriptions and supporting mass testing and vaccination efforts as well as continuing to provide emergency response. “Many people who would welcome the chance to join us in supporting their area but maybe thought they couldn’t consider being a firefighter.

“There will never be a better time to help serve your local community and help save lives. Now is the chance to find out if the fire service is something you can be a part of.”

Fire services are keen to ensure that their workforce reflects the local communities they will work in and so welcome enquiries from all, no previous experience is necessary, but you will need:

•           • To be at least 18 years old

•           • A strong desire to support the local community

•           • Enthusiasm for working as part of a team

•           • A reasonable level of fitness

•           • Live or work within 5 minutes to your local on-call fire station

Lyndsey Gymer, an on-call firefighter in Maldon, said: "Before I joined Essex County Fire and Rescue Service as an On-Call firefighter, I was a full time gym manager and busy mum to two little boys. As much as I loved my career, I felt that there was something missing, and I was looking for an opportunity to do something that was fulfilling and rewarding. On an evening run, I saw a banner advertising for on-call firefighters at my local station. 

'I was apprehensive and wondered if I had what it took, was I fit enough, was I too old, would they want me etc.  "Once I got into training, I absolutely fell in love with the role. The training team are incredibly supportive and make sure everyone is where they need to be before you go on to station. 

"As a result of enjoying on-call life so much, when the opportunity presented itself to apply for a whole time position I jumped at it, but still remain an on-call firefighter on my days off.

"What I love about being an on-call firefighter is that you are doing something that helps your local community, people you see and speak to every day. There is a massive sense of pride in knowing that if your community needs you, you are ready and able to respond. 

"My advice to anyone considering applying to be an on-call firefighter, is just go for it. Any questions you have, there is always someone who can help, and the service is proud to be inclusive to all. I very much doubted my ability to be able to do the job, but the confidence you gain as a person, and the help and support you receive, I believe is second to none."

To find out more about the national on-call recruitment campaign visit https://join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call/