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Crews help find missing man

Fire crews helped in find a man who had been missing for nearly four days.

Firefighters from Dunmow, Braintree and Saffron Walden joined Service Search and Rescue dog team John Ball and Darcy in assisting Essex Police on Tuesday May 17 as they searched for the 59 year-old diabetes sufferer who had been missing since Friday May 13.

Fire crews joined Police officers searching a large area of farmland in Finchingfield. After nearly five hours the man was found unconscious in a ditch, firefighters assisted with first aid before an ambulance took the man hospital.

The successful search is the latest example of collaborative work taking place between Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and its blue lights partners

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has been working increasingly closely with blue lights partners to share skills and resources. This includes working with Essex Police delivering home safety advice as part of the Parish Safety Volunteer scheme and working with the East of England Ambulance Trust on the co-responder scheme which sees fire crews at six fire stations responding to life threatening cardiac arrest calls.

Other collaborative schemes include working with Essex Police to help them gain access to properties, dynamic activation points for Ambulances at Fire Stations around the County, and working with partners in both blue lights services and local authorities to drive down the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads.

Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley said: “I could not be more proud of our crews and the vital role they played in this search. It is another example of the increasingly important role collaborative work play in helping us make Essex safer.

“Our firefighters are highly trained and highly skilled professionals and by using those skills with our blue lights partners together we can do even more and achieve even better results.”

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