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Volunteer Week: June 1-12

With Volunteers’ week launching today Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is celebrating everything Service volunteers do to make the County safer.

Last year our volunteers gave more than 950 working days, selflessly giving up their time to help Essex County Fire and Rescue Service make Essex safer.

Throughout 2015 volunteers give their time to help carry out 3,185 hours of potentially life-saving home safety visits, reduce the risk of flooding by clearing drainage ditches, helping to preserve the history of the fire service in Essex at the Essex Fire Museum, and worked with partners on a variety of community project.

National Volunteers’ Week and is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution volunteers are already making as well as looking to the future of volunteering which will see greater collaboration between ECFRS and partners including Essex Police.

Andrea MacAlister, Volunteering Manager, said: “Our volunteers do a fantastic job. They play a vital part in helping us to keep Essex safe, giving up their own time to make sure we can reach as many people as possible with our prevention and protection work.

“Last year our volunteers gave 6,704 hours of their time, which is an incredible achievement. They help us visit hundreds of homes to provide free home safety visits and fit smoke alarms as well as helping at 137 community events in 2015 alone.

“They have taken part in a huge range of work all dedicated to helping people in Essex. As well as fitting smoke alarms and clearing drainage ditches they have helped at fire station open days, helped provide smoke and carbon monoxide to rented homes and been a vital part of the advice and reassurance we offer neighbours following major fires.”

Over the 12 days of Volunteers week we will be celebrating our volunteers, highlighting the important work they do and sharing their stories through our website and social media feeds.

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