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Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is set to hold its first on-call firefighter training course at Canvey Island Fire Station following a successful recruitment drive in the town.
Following a recent recruitment campaign, more than 30 candidates who expressed their interest in the role of an on-call firefighter at Canvey Island Fire Station were invited to several socially distanced events in April to find out more about the role and what it involves.
Station manager Al Green said: “We’re really excited to hold our first ever training course at Canvey Island Fire Station and hope to welcome five new recruits into our crews following this course.
“It will be great for the recruits to train at the fire station they will be serving at and with colleagues they will be working with, but it’s also great for the local community to see our fire station being used in this way.
“Our recent recruitment drive saw more than 30 people express their interest in joining us and so far, 20 of them are in the recruitment process and five people from Canvey are booked onto Canvey Island Fire Station’s first training course which begins on July 5 with other firefighters on the course heading to Wickford and Corringham Fire Stations.
“This is fantastic and shows the dedication our community has for looking after one another.”
Canvey Island Fire Station is an on-call fire station where on-call firefighters are paid to protect their local community by responding to incidents when paged.
If you live or work within five minutes of Canvey Island Fire Station, you could be an on-call firefighter. Find out more about the role at essex-fire.gov.uk/canvey