Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Firebreak Partnership Conference success

Representatives from 60 organisations across Essex and further afield all descended on ECFRS headquarters for the first ever Firebreak Partnership Conference.

The audience was made up of representatives from professional football clubs, charities, local authorities, fire services, The Princes Trust, Department for Work and Pensions, Police and Crime Commissioner, Essex Police, East of England Ambulance Service, schools and other community organisations.

The special conference on Wednesday, July 6, recognised the fantastic work being done around the County by the Service’s Community Development Team, including our Firebreak and Fire Cadets programmes.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Bill, who introduced and closed the event, said: “Our first ever Firebreak Partnership Conference has been a complete success.

“It has been a privilege to host so many organisations with the same passion as Essex County Fire and Rescue Service for community engagement.”

The Firebreak programme is no stranger to success as the results achieved have seen the programme win a string of awards over the 12 years it has been running.

The programme is currently nominated for a National Diversity Award and has been shortlisted for the Community Award at The Essex Business Awards.

Donna Finch, the Community Development and Safeguarding Manger, who organised the conference along with her team, said: “I’m so proud of the work my team do within the community.

“The event was not only about showcasing our Firebreak and Fire Cadet programmes, it was also about giving other organisations the opportunity to network and form collaborations.

“This will enable even more groups to work towards making Essex a safer place to live.”

Anyone interested in finding out any more information about Firebreak or Fire Cadets should contact a member of the team on

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