ESSEX County Fire and Rescue Service is working with the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) as part of a national campaign encouraging people to become on-call firefighters.
The awareness week runs from today (Monday 7 January) and in Thurrock will centre around Corringham fire station.
The other two stations in the borough are crewed by whole time staff.
An on-call firefighter is someone who responds to a range of fire and rescue service jobs; these range from emergency calls, working at open days, carrying out work with their local communities and acting as an ambassador for the fire service.
On-call firefighters come from every walk of life, including homemakers, shopkeepers, builders, farmers, office workers and directors of companies, together with people who are not currently employed. Full training is provided on an ongoing basis, therefore previous experience is not needed.
An on-call firefighter could be called out two or three times a week, for a few hours at a time. The on-call hours are based around people’s availability and other commitments.
To be an on-call firefighter, you must :
Be over 18 years old
Be physically fit
Live or work within five minutes of the on-call fire station
During the awareness week businesses are also being asked to consider if they could support the community by allowing employees to become on-call firefighters alongside their day job.
Across the wider country Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is also hosting four firefighter taster sessions at the end of this month. For full details of how to book visit http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Taster_sessions_in_January_aimed_at_potential_firefighters/