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Chinese delegation visits ECFRS

A delegation of high-ranking Chinese officers has visited Essex County Fire and Rescue Service to hear how we deliver emergency planning and educate and prepare young people for major emergencies.

Officers in the field of emergency management, police and fire from Jiangsu Province were welcomed at Service headquarters, in Kelvedon Park, yesterday (September 29).

The delegation came to learn about the work of the Essex Civil Protection and Emergency Management team (ECPEM) - a partnership between ECFRS and Essex County Council.

Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley, Head of ECPEM, greeted the delegation before receiving a presentation on emergency management and community resilience.

ECPEM has developed a wide array of curriculum resources, DVDs, puzzles, books and board games to help teachers to educate pupils in Essex about preparing for emergencies.

Rosanna Briggs, Deputy Head of ECPEM, said: “The delegation went away with a greater understanding of the principles of emergency management and community resilience after hearing how we educate and prepare young people for major emergencies.

“Our special visitors were particularly impressed with how we educate in a fun, interactive way. This knowledge can then be passed on to the wider community.

 "The day was a huge success and I would like to thank our guests for taking the opportunity to learn how we make our communities safer places to live.”

The visit, which was organised by EFA Trading Ltd, the commercial arm of ECFRS, included a tour of our control and training facilities.

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