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Two Essex officers join Chinese Trade Mission

Two Essex fire officers are travelling this week with an Essex County Council trade and inward investment mission to China.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Paul Hill, Director of Safer and Resilient Communities, and Assistant Divisional Officer Costa Olymbios, Operational Command Assessment and Training Manager, have joined councillors, officers and business representatives from Chelmsford’s e2v on the visit to Jiangsu. The Mission is being led by Deputy Leader of ECC, Councillor Kevin Bentley.

ACFO Hill and ADO Olymbios will be looking to reinforce the friendly links between ECFRS and the Jiangsu Fire Service as underlined in a Memo of Understanding signed between the two organisations during a visit by a Chinese delegation to Service headquarters at Kelvedon Park in July 2010.

They will also be exchanging information and skills on fire and rescue management and techniques. With an understanding from the Jiangsu Fire Service of its training needs, they will also be looking to promote Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s training offering to senior fire officers in China.

Another key commercial element of the trip will be in researching and understanding Jiangsu’s needs for thermal image cameras to support e2v in developing trade links and orders for its own products.

During the four day visit which will take them from Nanjing to Xuzhou and on to Wuxi , officers expect to meet with the Vice Governor of Jiangsu and colleagues from the Jiangsu Department of Public Security and attend high level dinners hosted by the Mayors of Xuzhou and Wuxi, as well as visiting district level fire stations.

ECFRS' attendance on the trip is being funded commercially not at taxpayers' expense.

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