Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Historical ECFRS exhibition opens

A summer-long exhibition celebrating the history of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has officially opened at Chelmsford Museum.

‘All Fired Up!’ opened its doors to the public after Councillor Linda Denston, Deputy Mayor of Chelmsford City Council, cut the red ribbon at a special reception on Saturday, July 9.

The unique presentation of the history of ECFRS was set up by Essex Fire Museum volunteers and Dr Mark Curteis, Curator of Social History and Art at Chelmsford Museum.

The launch, which also marked the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Chelmsford Fire Brigade, included fire engines from across the decades and dozens of historical displays.

Guests attending the opening included retired Station Officer John Jordan, 93, who served at Ilford Fire Station as well as Hocky Hockett, who provided fire service communications in Essex during the Second World War.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Bill, received a copy of an illustrated history of ‘Fighting Fire in Essex’ by Mike Bunn and opened the exhibition on behalf of the Service.

He said: “I was honoured to have opened our ‘All Fired Up!’ exhibition, which is a celebration of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s long and proud history.

“The exhibition really is a fantastic opportunity to see many historic items and appliances and hear stories from retired and serving firefighters about community, courage and firefighting across the County.

“I would like to thank everyone involved with setting up this superb historical tour, especially our Essex Fire Museum volunteers who have shown great enthusiasm and dedication to the project."

The exhibition is open until Sunday, September 4. Admission to the exhibition and museum is free. For further details, contact Chelmsford Museum on 01245 605700 or visit

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