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Prevention provides future focus for ECFRS

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has set out a vision of the future which will see it focusing on preventing fires and other incidents from taking place.

It includes a pledge to become the first fire Service in the UK to ensure that every single home in the County has a working smoke alarm.

The Integrated Risk Management Plan was published last week and marks the first stage of consultation on the future of the fire Service. It envisions a future of the Service which will see a greater emphasis than ever on preventative work.

Ambitious promises also include delivering safety messages to every school child in the county, supporting partner agencies to help the most vulnerable members of our community, to support and promote the installation of sprinkler systems and to work with drivers and motorcyclists to reduce the number of people killed or injured on the roads of Essex.

The Service has been using an intelligence led approach to safety using data from previous incidents to create a map of homes which are most likely to be affected by fire and targeting these homes with help and advice.

Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley said: “Our entire focus is on saving lives, preventing injury and reducing risk and by far the best way to do this is to work with people and communities to prevent incidents from happening in the first place.

“We are using more sophisticated means than ever to make sure that our help and advice reach those who need it most and we now work more closely with partners than ever before to ensure a joined up approach to protecting the most vulnerable people in the County.

“We have included two ambitious yet achievable pledges in the Integrated Risk Management Plan. The first is to deliver safety advice to every school child in the County. This will have the dual benefit of providing them with safety messages to take home to their parents and siblings and giving them the tools they need to become fire safe adults in the future.

“The second pledge is to become the first fire and rescue service to ensure that every home in the county has a working smoke alarm. We believe that smoke alarms offer the best and most affordable protection from fire available so we want to make sure every home enjoys the excellent protection they offer.”

The IRMP is seeking the public’s views on eight different questions. The first asks: “We propose to deliver safety messages to every school child in Essex; to ensure there is a working smoke alarm in 100% of households; to work with partner agencies in meeting other social needs of the vulnerable members of our communities; to support the installation of systems such a sprinklers for the protection of buildings and occupants; and to work with drivers and riders to reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads.

“Do you have any comments about these proposals? Are any of them more important than others?”

To give your view on this and the seven other questions please read the Integrated Risk Management Plan and take the online survey. Links to both can be found here

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