Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Essex Business Excellence Award Winners

Last night (Wednesday 29 November) our Community Development and Safeguarding team won an award at the Essex Business Excellence Awards 2017 for their brilliant work and dedication to making our communities safer.

The team's work with children and adults through the Firebreak, Fire Cadets and education programmes were recognised in the category for "Not-for-profit Organisation". The team were up against two other fantastic organisations; Kids Inspire and SNAP (Special Needs and Parents).

Working closely with other agencies in the region, the team create bespoke intervention programmes for children and adults.

Last year they saw over 150,000 young people during education visits in schools and delivered 19 Fire Cadet Programmes which last 41-weeks around the County.

They were also responsible for delivering 60 Firebreak courses for some of the most vulnerable members of the community - tacking issues such as crime, drug addiction, domestic violence and unemployment.

Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley said:

"I am delighted that our Community Development and Safeguarding team has been celebrated and recognised at these awards. It’s a very well deserved award for a brilliant team who continually find new ways to connect to the most vulnerable people in our community.

“The remarkable number of projects the team are involved with are all individually award worthy. From the Fire Cadets, Juvenile Fire Setters, education in schools, Duke of Edinburgh and the hugely successful Firebreak programme. The team are dedicated to making our communities safer.

“The team have achieved a lot over the year and I am very proud of each and every one of them.”


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