Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


We're there whenever you need us - How we're keeping Essex safe


Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has detailed how it spreads resources across the county to ensure the right response reaches you in an emergency.

When you dial 999, the Service's Control Room Officers will work to reassure you while sending the relevant crew to you. Usually this is the closest crew but it could be a crew that has specialist equipment like our Animal Rescue Unit which is based in Chelmsford or our Swift Water Rescue trained firefighters who are based around the county.

Not only does the Control Room answer emergency calls, but the team also works to move resources to different areas in the county based on risk. The Service carefully monitors and analyses the risk factors in each area in Essex and the Control Room moves crews around the county as needed to cover Essex effectively and safely.

On a typical day in Essex, the Service attends around 70 incidents - seven fires, 24 false alarms and 39 special services - non-fire incidents that require the Service's help.

Chris Parker, Director of Operations at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, said: "In Essex, we have 50 fire stations with a range of different equipment at different stations and our priority is to get to you as quick as we can when you need us.

"A number of our fire stations are designated core stations and this means that when a crew leaves a core station to attend an incident or for training, our Control Room will send a new crew from elsewhere in the county so we are ready to deploy firefighters when we're called.

"Our crews across Essex are made up of fully trained firefighters, both wholetime and on-call, who can be moved around the county to maximise our resources. Our dedicated on-call firefighters, who all live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station, give us more flexibility to respond to emergencies while using resources efficiently.

"Some areas of the county have less incidents than others, so we move our firefighters around to help them gain experience in dealing with a variety of incidents in different types of location.

"Keeping people safe is our priority, we want to prevent incidents from happening in the first place and work in communities to prevent fires, water and road incidents across Essex. Our vital prevention and protection work helps to reduce the risk of fire at home or in the workplace."

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is recruiting on-call firefighters. If you live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be paid to protect your community as an on-call firefighter. Find out more about the role at

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