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FOI / 4027 / 2019 - Training for whole time firefighters


Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I can confirm that Essex County Fire & Rescue Service does hold this information.

Please see below the answer to your request.

Initial Request:

How long (in weeks) is your basic or initial training package for new wholetime firefighter recruits?

Final Response:

The time allocated for the training of our Wholetime Firefighter Recruits is 15 weeks. After successful completion of all assessments, they will then be in a position to attend operational emergency calls. 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to apply for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of your original email and should be addressed to: Internal Review, Performance & Data Team, Kelvedon Park, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex CM8 3HB.

Please ensure you quote the above reference number in all future communications.

Please note that the response and data released to you as part of this request will be published on the Essex County Fire & Rescue Service website. The website address is All requests will be anonymised and no personal information including contact details will be disclosed as part of this process.

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