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Service fit smoke alarms in 8,900 homes last year

Prevention work carried out by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service in 2015 has made thousands of homes in the Essex safer.

Last year more than 8,900 homes in the County had smoke alarms fitted through the Service’s hugely successful Home Safety Visit scheme. On top of that 4,500 smoke alarms and 1,400 carbon monoxide detectors were supplied to landlords to be fitted to rented properties throughout Essex.

Over the last 10 years the number of incidents attended by fire crews has halved as prevention and protection work has made people more fire aware and homes and business throughout the County safer than ever.

A consultation currently being undertaken by the Service looks to a future which will see an increased focus on prevention and protection work as call outs diminish.

The consultation runs until April 25, it will help set the future shape and role of the Service. Since it launched on February 1 more than 2,800 people have taken part in the consultation.

It sets out three options for change. These options prepare the Service for a future with reductions in incidents, an increased focus on prevention and a commitment to become financially sustainable as reductions in funding continue every year to 2020.

All of the options have a number of common factors including £3 million of extra investment in prevention and protection, additional savings of over £2m from support functions and no fire station closures.

Other proposals include ensuring that every home in Essex has a working smoke alarm and plans to visit every Essex school child in years three, seven and eighth teaching the next generation to be safer.

Senior Divisional Officer Paul Bowers, Business Change Manager said: “We already carry out a huge amount of prevention and protection work. This consultation will help us strike a balance between prevtion and response allowing us to reduce risk, prevent injury and save lives.

“There is still time to make sure that you have your say. It’s as easy as visiting our website and filling in a short questionnaire.”

To learn more and take part in the consultation visit the ECFRS website here.

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