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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.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we’re unable to welcome visitors at the fire station but can offer virtual meetings with our On-Call Liaison Officers to answer any questions you have about being an on-call firefighter. 

To arrange a meeting with Kim Polley, On-Call Liaison Officer at Great Baddow Fire Station, please email mailbox.OCLO@essex-fire.gov.uk with your name, phone number/email address, preferred date/time for a virtual meeting and meeting type preference – Microsoft Teams, FaceTime or phone call.

Kim will be available between Monday 29 June – Friday 3 July between 9am and 5pm. He can answer questions about the on-call firefighter role, recruitment process and fitness requirements.

Upcoming events

Monday 29 June – Sunday 5 July:

We’ll be holding a recruitment week from 29 June – 5 July where you can book a virtual meeting with Kim Polley, On-Call Liaison Officer at Great Baddow Fire Station, to ask any questions you have about being an on-call firefighter. 

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 five 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. 

Notable incidents that Great Baddow firefighters have attended recently include helping a 29-year-old horse back onto his feet.

 

Read more here.

We’ve also ssisted 12 other crews with a fire at sheltered accommodation in Billericay, read more here.

We were also called to a house fire in Maldon.

Read more here.

You can find out more about the incidents attended by Great Baddow firefighters by following the team on Facebook.

Meet Great Baddow firefighters

Karl Benham

51-year-old Karl Benham is a personal wellness coach and he’s also paid to protect his community as an on-call firefighter.

Karl works from home and is able to give his time at Great Baddow Fire Station during the day and at weekends. He is paid for his time on standby and then receives an additional payment when he is called to duty.

Read more.

Sean Goodchild

Thirty-six-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.

Read more.

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 mailbox.OCLO@essex-fire.gov.uk

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

Great Baddow

Fire Station
Longmead Avenue
Maldon Road
Great Baddow
Chelmsford
Essex
CM2 7EZ

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