Prevention Volunteer (Home safety check) – Essex County Fire & Rescue Service

Prevention Volunteer (Home safety check) – Essex County Fire & Rescue Service

Purpose of the role:

To complete Home Fire Safety Checks in Colchester and Tendring Districts, and provide support to ECFRS Prevention events and activities throughout the year.

This role can be undertaken weekdays, weekends and evenings.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To carry out high-quality Home Fire Safety Checks and deliver person centered fire Crime Prevention advice to Essex residents.
  2. To fit standard and sensory smoke detection systems, provided by ECFRS as part of a Home Fire Safety Check.
  3. With the resident’s consent to make any appropriate and necessary onward referrals to other agencies and organisations for additional Health & Wellbeing support.
  4. To complete administration required for the role, including booking visits and completing necessary paperwork.
  5. To work with the wider ECFRS prevention team to generate visits.
  6. To provide home safety related support to the wider events and activities of the ECFRS Prevention Department, or its partner organisations as appropriate.
  7. To wear any uniform assigned to the role of Home Safety Volunteer, ensuring a smart and professional appearance is always maintained whilst volunteering for ECFRS.
  8. To maintain the skills required to be a Home Safety Volunteer through attendance at relevant training activities, and completing all mandatory training required of the role.
  9. To participate in occasional meetings and briefings appropriate to the role of Home Safety Volunteer as required.
  10. To Positively contribute to a safe work and volunteering environment ensuring compliance with Health and Safety, Risk Management, Business Continuity and Safeguarding policy and procedure, and to protect all personal information in line with the Data Protection Act 2018.
  11. To adopt and promote a positive approach to equal opportunities, equality, diversity, and fairness.


Skills, Experience and Aptitude Required

  • Good computer skills (Training provided for internal systems);
  • Good communication skills on the phone;
  • Can work in a professional manner while dealing with the public;
  • Experience of working or volunteering with diverse members of the community;
  • Reliable, responsible and trustworthy;
  • Good written and verbal communication skills;
  • Friendly, confident and approachable manner;
  • Willingness to work as part of a team and abide by specified procedures and processes;
  • Reliable and able to commit to a minimum of 4 hours a week in one session.


What support will I be given?

You will work alongside a nominated person who will support you and ensure you have all the training and resources you need to carry out your volunteering role effectively.  You will also receive:

  • A full induction into the Service to help you understand your role, what we do and why we do it;
  • Regular feedback and support;
  • Appropriate uniform and training.


What benefits can I expect?

  • The experience of involvement with a Public Sector organisation;
  • The experience of being part of a countywide volunteering scheme;
  • The opportunity to develop new and existing skills;
  • The enjoyment of meeting new people and being part of a team;
  • The satisfaction of knowing you are making a valuable contribution to the Service and the Public;
  • We will reimburse previously agreed travel and out of pocket expenses.



Essex County Fire & Rescue Service is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

Certain volunteering roles will require an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This will be discussed at interview.

Equal Opportunities

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is committed to the promotion of respect and understanding for the communities in which we serve and to promoting equality of opportunity amongst our volunteers and employees.

A Job Interview Guarantee Scheme (JIGS) is operated by the Service. Under this scheme an applicant with a disability will be guaranteed an interview, or guaranteed an automatic invitation to the first stage of an assessment process, provided they meet the essential criteria for the job.

We will make reasonable adjustments in the recruitment and employment of people with a disability. This can include adjustments to recruitment and selection procedures, working arrangements and physical changes to premises or equipment.

Probationary Period

We operate a probationary period (normally 3 months, but this can be amended according to needs) to enable both volunteers and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service to see whether the volunteer role is suitable.

For more information please contact: Dan Bailey 01376 576200

Further information on volunteering for Essex County Fire & Rescue Service can be found at

Jamie Langstone