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ECFRS signs safety agreement

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will soon be providing fire safety advice to all East of England Cooperative Society Ltd’s branches across three counties.

Councillor Anthony Hedley, Chairman of Essex Fire Authority, has today (October 7) signed a Primary Authority Agreement with Mike Faulkner, Company Secretary of East of England Cooperative Society Ltd.

The agreement will see the Service and East of England Cooperative Society Ltd work together to create a fire safety plan that will be used in over 200 branches across Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.

The deal forms part of the Government’s Better Business for All initiative, meaning an organisation will adopt clear and consistent fire policies across all their sites while developing productive working relationships.

Under the agreement ECFRS will assist East of England Cooperative Society Ltd in achieving a high level of safety compliance at all of their sites.

This is the third Primary Authority Agreement that ECFRS has signed up to, with specialist advice also being given to The Salvation Army and Care UK.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Bill said: “We look forward to offering our expertise to East of England Cooperative Society Ltd through this special partnership.

“We’re very pleased to have signed this agreement, helping East of England Cooperative Society Ltd create a clear and consistent safety framework for hundreds of their branches across the region."

Cllr Hedley said: “Today’s agreement will help East of England Cooperative Society Ltd maintain excellent standards of fire safety at all of its branches.

“Through their partnership with ECFRS, they will be helping to create safer communities across the east of England.”

Steve Fendley, Building Compliance Manager at the East of England Co-op, said: “We are committed to taking fire safety seriously across our organisation.

“We look forward to working with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service for their expertise, advice and support in this area.”

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