‘Exciting time’ as county fire service launches recruitment drive

PUBLISHED: 08:06 16 February 2018 | UPDATED: 08:06 16 February 2018

Adam Eckley of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. Picture: ECFRS

Adam Eckley of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. Picture: ECFRS

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Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is inviting people to become full-time firefighters – the first chance to do so in almost nine years.

Recruitment will open on Monday at 6.30am, and will run for a week, or until 1,200 people apply.

As part of the recruitment campaign, the fire service is celebrating the modern day firefighter and highlighting the key role they play in their community. Challenging outdated stereotypes and myths is also a large part of the recruitment messaging.

Chief fire officer, Adam Eckley, said: “This is an exciting time for our service - it’s the first time in almost nine years that we’ve recruited wholetime firefighters, and it’s a fantastic opportunity for those interested to begin a community focused and varied career.

“Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has been on a cultural journey in recent years, and this is an opportunity for us to increase diversity within our service.

“All firefighters bring something different to the team, and we recognise the value that diversity brings. It enriches our perspective, and broadens the skills and attributes required of a high performing organisation.

“Our vision is clear - we are committed to making Essex a safe place to live work and travel, and we are looking for outstanding men and women who are dedicated to working as a team to achieve this.

“I would encourage anyone thinking about becoming a firefighter to apply.”

The initial stage of recruitment will involve completing a short form to ensure you are eligible to apply and meet the basic criteria. After this there will be a series of online tests, followed by a fitness test, interview and occupational health test.

When they are called to an emergency, firefighters could be dealing with any type of major or minor incident. As well as fires they could be called to road, rail or air collisions, floods, chemical spills and rescuing people trapped in lifts or other confined spaces.

If you’re interested in applying to become a firefighter and want to know more, visit www.join.essex-fire.gov.uk.

You can also join in the conversation online by using #JoinEssexFire.

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