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All Fired Up! - A history of firefighting in Essex

A unique, free celebration of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and its history will be available for the public to enjoy at a temporary exhibition this summer, hosted by Chelmsford Museum.

Essex Fire Museum volunteers have worked alongside Dr Mark Curteis, Curator of Social History and Art at Chelmsford Museum, to create this unique presentation of the history of ECFRS from Saturday, July 9 until Sunday, September 4.

Exhibits include a wide range of artefacts, photographs, uniforms and equipment which trace the history of firefighting in Essex, from Victorian times to the present day.

There will be the opportunity to try the Essex Fire Museum app and listen to some of the oral histories of retired firefighters, collected by volunteers through a Heritage Lottery Grant.

A special 'All Fired Up' launch event, taking place on Saturday, July 9, from 10am to 12noon, will also mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Chelmsford Fire Brigade.

Several vehicles will line the main entrance to Chelmsford Museum, including two vintage appliances and a Green Goddess alongside modern firefighting engines and equipment, including Urban Search and Rescue vehicles.

Andrea MacAlister, ECFRS Volunteer and Museum Manager, said: "The exhibition is a fantastic celebration of the Service's history over many decades.

"It is a unique opportunity to see many historic items and appliances and hear many stories from retired and serving firefighters about community, heroism and firefighting across the County.

"I would like to thank everyone involved with this fascinating exhibition, especially our Essex Fire Museum volunteers who have shown great enthusiasm and dedication to the project."

Dr Mark Curteis, Curator of Social History and Art at Chelmsford Museum, said: "Chelmsford Museum is proud to host 'All Fired Up', an exciting historical experience which allows our visitors to step into the shoes of the men and women who fight fires to keep Essex safe.

"I am looking forward to the launch and to seeing lots of people enjoying this unique opportunity throughout the summer."

Admission to the exhibition and museum is free. For further details, contact Chelmsford Museum on 01245 605700 or visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museums.

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