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Fire Service thanks dedicated volunteers for their contribution

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has thanked its dedicated volunteers as it celebrates Volunteers’ Week 2020.

Ahead of the national Volunteers’ Week campaign to thank the country’s volunteers, ECFRS has given a big thank you to its army of volunteers who give their time all year round and have gone above and beyond during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Service has 46 volunteers who give their time all year round to help in their local community, from home fire safety volunteers to Essex Fire Museum volunteers. The Service also has more than 160 Fire Cadets who give their time in their communities.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Service has been overwhelmed with offers to help from its staff.

More than 90 members of staff offered their assistance to help move equipment between community hospitals, deliver food and medicine to people who are vulnerable and self-isolating and to litter pick at beaches.

Many other staff members have been spending their free time delivering supplies in their local community.

The volunteers have been helping during evenings and weekends. 

This is in addition to Service’s work with the East of England Ambulance Service Trust, with 19 on-call firefighters driving ambulances and the Service’s driving instructors training 27 student paramedics and army volunteers to drive ambulances.

Jo Turton, Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive said: “Across our Service, we’ll be celebrating Volunteers’ Week and thanking our dedicated volunteers. We’ve been overwhelmed with offers of support from our staff to help during the pandemic, and our existing volunteers have been going the extra mile to help others too. I am so proud of the varied and valuable work we do to make Essex a safe place to live, work and travel.”

If you would like to register your interest to volunteer with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service visit: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Volunteering/ 

Each day of Volunteers’ Week 2020, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will share content about each type of volunteer in the Service.

Covid-19 pandemic volunteers

More than 90 staff members have gone the extra mile to help support their local community during the Covid-19 pandemic. The team has volunteered more than 125 hours across the county and has helped to move hospital equipment at community hospitals, deliver food and medicine to vulnerable people and volunteers sacrificed their bank holiday weekend to litter pick at Southend beach to ensure the public could enjoy the county’s coastline.

Home fire safety volunteers

ECFRS has 22 home fire safety volunteers who visit homes across Essex and install smoke alarms on every level of the home. The team also gives fire safety advice during home fire safety visits. If you or someone you know doesn't have working smoke alarms at home, the Service will fit them fore free. Book a free home fire safety visit today at www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

Community safety volunteers

The Service has 18 community safety volunteers who spend time in their local community talking to residents at local events about home fire safety and road safety. The team also carry out home fire safety visits where they fit smoke alarms and give fire safety advice.

Fire Cadets

More than 160 young people volunteer their time with ECFRS as Fire Cadets. The team give up their evenings and weekends and time during school holidays to help make Essex a safer place to live work and travel. They take part in training exercises and help with community projects and local events.

Museum volunteers

Have you visited the Essex Fire Museum in Grays? The museum is run by six volunteers and three members of staff who spend their time delving into the history of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service to create displays for the public. Nigel Townend is part of the team and gives his time to represent ECFRS as its Standard Bearer at events across the county including Remembrance Day and the Firefighters Memorial Day.


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