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We’re recruiting on-call firefighters at Great Baddow Fire Station.

We’re recruiting on-call firefighters at Great Baddow Fire Station.

On-call firefighters are paid to 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.

Information about Great Baddow Fire Station:

Great Baddow Fire Station is a day-crewed fire station which means there are firefighters in the fire station during the day Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. Outside of those times, on-call firefighters respond when alerted by pager.

We’re converting to an on-call station and are currently recruiting on-call firefighters at Great Baddow Station who can cover during the day, evenings, weekends or a mixture of all three. 

If you live or work within 5 minutes of Great Baddow Fire Station, you could be an on-call firefighter who is paid to protect their community. 

Great Baddow Fire Station has 13 on-call firefighters and in 2019/2020, the team responded to 105 incidents. 

Of those 105 incidents, 32 calls were to fires, 38 were false alarms and 35 were Special Service incidents which could be helping to cut someone out of a vehicle following a collision, rescuing an animal or helping our police and ambulance colleagues. 

Meet Great Baddow firefighters

Sean Goodchild

Thirty-seven-year-old Sean Goodchild is a security officer for the Ministry of Defence who is also paid to protect his community as an on-call firefighter.

Sean has always had an interest in the Fire Service so he became an on-call firefighter at Great Baddow Fire Station.

He said: “I joined the fire service mainly because I have always had an interest in it but also – it fits in perfectly around my job and my family life.

“In my main job, I work a shift pattern consisting of two days followed by two nights then four days off and during these days off are when I cover most of my required on-call 90 hours. I also have the option of covering some evenings and days while I’m home from London after a shift, which in truth, actually means I cover a lot of hours while I’m at home asleep!

“I enjoy that I pick the hours I wish to cover and although a 90 hours per week contract sounds a lot, it is easily managed (I even get to do the school runs most days).

“Every time my pager alerts me to a shout and I fly down the station to get my fire gear on, I get satisfaction knowing that my crew and I are helping the community, nearly every shout is something different and I feel a sense of pride to know that we’ve helped.

“If its suits your lifestyle and you live within 5 minutes of your local on-call fire station I would highly recommend you apply to be a firefighter and help your community.”

Teresa Claxton

Self-employed hairdresser Teresa Claxton is paid to protect her community as an on-call firefighter at Great Baddow Fire Station.

She received a leaflet through her door one day from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service advertising an on-call firefighter role in Great Baddow and decided to apply.

She said: “It took me a whole year to get to the fitness standard but it was lockdown so I had plenty of time to train. You’ve got to get fit for the role. I had to learn to run, learn to lift and getting up the ladders has been a challenge climbing that height. But I’ve done it, and it’s the best job.

“The role is exhilarating, every day has been a challenge but it’s good, I like a challenge. Being an on-call firefighter is the polar opposite to being a hairdresser.

“It fits in really well with my job. I work for myself so I can provide cover for whatever hours are needed to fill in the gaps. There’s not a lot of worries for me during the day at the moment, but it works out that I provide cover two days a week and every evening and night.

“I’ve had great support from everyone I’ve met within the service and this has really helped to build my confidence and encourage me to continue even when I’ve had doubts.

“I’ve covered all kinds of topics which I’d never given a thought to before, such as electricity and shipping!”

Bradley Valentine

Bradley Valentine works full time for a removals company and has been an on-call firefighter at Great Baddow Fire Station for a year and a half.

He always wanted to be a firefighter after firefighters saved his life following a serious road traffic collision when he was 10-years-old. 

Bradley was worried that he couldn’t join because he is dyslexic.

“It’s been the complete opposite,” says Bradley. “Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has been amazing. They have helped me so much and were able to give me support for the written and practice assessments. 

“I would recommend the role to anyone, even if you have got disabilities. It shouldn’t affect you at all. It’s such an incredible feeling knowing that you’ve saved a life and are helping people. 

“If you’ve got the time and you want to give some time and give something back to the community, then apply. You can come in and have a look at the station to see what the role entails and go from there.

Bradley is able to provide cover during the evenings and weekends. If you live or work within 5 minutes of Great Baddow Fire Station like Teresa, you could be an on-call firefighter. 


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

Any questions?
Contact the On-Call Recruitment Team by phone: 01376 576698 or email

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

Great Baddow

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Longmead Avenue
Maldon Road
Great Baddow

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