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Charitable funding reaches milestone

The Service’s trading arm, EFA Trading Ltd, has reached a major milestone by funding over £150,000 of community fire service projects in in the last three years across the County.

EFA Trading, one of the leading fire and rescue training providers in the UK, gives all profits made to independent charitable trust, Essex Community Foundation.

The trust, which was established in 1996, then uses the funds to help improve the quality of life of people in Essex through hundreds of fire safety projects, including many of our Firebreak courses.

Kathy Payne, the Service's Business Development Manager, said: “I’m proud that over three years we’ve funded over £150,000 worth of fire safety activities across the County.

“Our on-going support for Essex Community Foundation is helping to make the County a safer place and is testament to the hard work and determination of our team here at ECFRS.”

EFA Trading offers a variety of fire-related services that help raise funds for the trust including dozens of specialist firefighting courses at ECFRS headquarters, in Kelvedon Park.

These include live fire training for professional firefighters, large animal rescues, petrochemical firefighting, fire safety and extinguisher training.

EFA Trading also sells, hires and refurbishes old fire engines and equipment, which are then distributed across the globe.

Other services bringing in funds include managing room bookings for external organisations at the Service’s headquarters and selling the world’s first self-service fire extinguisher, the P50, in partnership with Britannia Fire.

For more information on EFA Trading Ltd click here.

Photos (L to R): Kathy Payne, Business Development Manager, and Ashleigh Boreham, Business Development Assistant, EFA Trading’s compartment fire behaviour and fire extinguisher training courses in action and a recent Harlow Firebreak course funded by Essex Community Foundation.

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