Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Community work following tragic Westcliff flat fire

The Service will visit more than 50 homes in Westcliff after teams carried out a targeted intervention following the tragic flat fire in Balmoral Road flat fire earlier this month.

The Service’s Community Safety Team will identify risks in each property, help create escape plans and offer carbon monoxide detection and smoke alarm advice.

Last week firefighters from Southend and Leigh Fire Stations and Neil Fenwick, ECFRS Head of Community Safety, carried out after incident responses.

The response included knocking on dozens of doors and handing out hundreds of leaflets following the tragic incident on Saturday, May 7.

DO Fenwick said: “People are clearly shaken following this tragic fire and it is essential we reassure residents.

“We have had a real presence in the area, with firefighters and our community safety officers knocking on doors and offering safety advice.

“Our after incident response will help keep the community safer, with dozens of properties set to receive home safety visits following this tragic incident.

“These lifesaving checks will reassure residents while keeping their neighbours safe. The visits will teach people how to best response in a time of real danger.”


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