Event celebrates first year of volunteering
A special event held at Kelvedon Park on Tuesday December 17 celebrated the first 12 months of the Service’s volunteering scheme and presented awards to volunteers who had given hundreds of hours of their time to the scheme.
In the last year 50 new volunteers have been recruited, bringing the total number of volunteers to 60, working to help deliver community safety initiatives and to run the Essex Fire Museum in Grays.
Throughout 2013 the 42 community safety volunteers and 18 Essex Fire Museum volunteers have given more than 2,500 hours of service.
ACFO Paul Hill, Director Safer Communities, said: “The volunteers have devoted thousands of hours of their time to helping us to keep the people of Essex safe. They are an essential part of helping us to deliver more with less and will be playing an increasingly important role in helping us to get safety advice out to as many people as possible.
“Over the last 12 months we have seen the scheme grow and develop and this will continue in the future.
“I would like to thank everyone who has volunteered their time and energy to Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.”
The following volunteers received an award for dedicating more than 250 hours to the scheme: Paul Smith, Murray Beale, Mick Ford and Jayne Ricketts.
Amanda Dodge, Charlie Mistry, David Scott, James Evans, Terry Bishop, Todd Parrott and Ray Smith all received an award for giving 100 hours service.
Anyone interested in becoming an ECFRS volunteer can learn more by watching the video below or by clicking here