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Benefits of working with us

At Essex County Fire and Rescue Service your payslip is only part of the package. As well as the more obvious benefits, like working for one of the largest fire and rescue services in the county, our competitive pension scheme and rates of pay, there are additional perks that make us an employer of choice.

Family friendly environment

  • Paternity and shared parental leave and pay
  • Time off for dependants
  • Adoption leave and pay
  • Enhanced maternity leave and pay

Flexible working

We know that flexible working can be really important in ensuring you have a good work-life balance. We’re committed to helping you balance work and your commitments outside work by offering a range of options where appropriate to suit each individual’s needs.

Health and wellbeing

Our employee assistance programmes provide professional and confidential advice and support. Your health and wellbeing really matter to us, so we’ve got a great occupational health team located at our Service Headquarters to look after you.

Career development

Through our learning and development programmes, all employees have access to a suite of training courses to enhance and develop current skills.


We want to reward employees for a job well done and we thank employees through a variety of methods including: long service awards, staff events, monthly awards and commendations.

If you’d like any more information on employee benefits please contact the HR Support Team on 01376 576199 or email

Overview of benefits

  • Pension scheme
  • Competitive rates of pay
  • Flexible and family friendly working
  • Career development and recognition
  • Employee wellbeing services