Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Volunteers at the Essex Fire Museum help to look after 6,000 artefacts

As part of Volunteers' Week 2020, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is spotlighting its volunteers.

The Service has six dedicated volunteers who help to run the Essex Fire Museum in Grays alongside two staff members, Laura Bayley and Roger Pickett. The team work to accession new artefacts to the museums exsisting collection of 6,000 artefacts and help preserve the history of the Service.

In 2019, the volunteers gave 1,138 hours to the museum for research, maintenance and open days.

The team has been working with Saffron Walden Museum to arrange a touring exhibition, to share its history across the county. It was due to run from the end of March but has been delayed until next year.

During the pandemic, the volunteers have been reaching out to audiences on Facebook to take and answer questions about ECFRS' history. 

Jo Turton, Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive said: “As a service, we are really blessed to have our volunteers who help us day in, day out, year in and year out.

“They could be doing so many more things with their time but they choose to give their time with us to help make their communities as safe as possible and we are truly grateful.”

Have you been to the Essex Fire Museum? Be sure to visit when restrictions are lifted, but for now, you can get a feel for the museum by following the team on Facebook

Laura and Roger have given live tours of the museum and have shared facts about our fire engines on #FireEngineFriday.

Page last updated 5 June 2020

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