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  • 14/06/2019

    Barbecue safe this summer

    Now that the warm, light evenings are with us and the summer holidays are fast approaching, barbecues are beginning to sizzle across Essex. But behind the bangers and burgers, summer fun has a serious side. As part of the Fire Kills campaign, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is asking ...

  • 31/05/2019

    Funding for local causes on offer, courtesy of Colchester Fire Swim

    Following the successful Fire Swim event held at Colchester Leisure World last October, organisers are looking for local organisations which could benefit from the charity funding raised. Colchester Fire Swim has been running for more than three decades, with more than half a million pounds ...

  • 29/05/2019

    Buzz of excitement: Life as an on-call firefighter at West Mersea

    "When your alerter goes off, no matter what time it is or what you're doing, you get that buzz of excitement because you just don’t know what’s about to happen next,” said Darren Allen, on-call firefighter at West Mersea Fire Station. "That’s not really ...

  • 24/05/2019

    Protecting South Woodham: life as an on-call firefighter

    "The feeling you get when the pager goes off is just pure anticipation. Even if it’s in the middle of the night, the buzz you get almost gets you out of the door and down to the station before you even realise!" Adam Boorman joined South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station last ...

  • 24/04/2019

    Hundreds made safer thanks to fire-funded sprinkler projects

    Hundreds of people in Southend and Basildon are now safer than ever in their homes, thanks to sprinklers that have been part-funded by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. In total, five properties in Southend and high-rise block of flats in Basildon have been fitted with the life-saving ...

  • 12/04/2019

    'All or nothing': becoming a firefighter

    Zsolt Nagy always dreamed of becoming a firefighter. Previously a manager at a supermarket, he craved a career where he could help people, solve problems and feel that he belonged. As his alarm went off early on a cold February morning in 2018 he jumped out of bed, showered, made breakfast and ...

  • 12/04/2019

    Don't tackle a fire yourself - get out, stay out, call 999

    Essex County Fire and Rescue Service are calling for people to think seriously before tackling a fire themselves. The call comes after two people sustained burns and smoke inhalation in two separate incidents on the same day (Thursday 11 April). Lee Lucas, Head of Community Safety, ...

  • 04/04/2019

    A career change to be the best that you can be

    If you crave a physical job, working in a close-knit team and protecting your community then firefighting could be the career change you’ve been looking for. When applications for wholetime firefighters opened in February 2018 it took less than three hours for 1200 people to apply. Both ...

  • 01/04/2019

    Wake up to the deadly risk: Smoking cause a third of all fire deaths in the home

    Smokers are being warned that they must wake up to the deadly dangers of smoking - especially when tired - as Essex County Fire and Rescue Service highlights that cigarettes and other smoking products cause just over a third of all accidental fire fatalities in the home. Smoking is causes alot ...

  • 28/03/2019

    Achieving my lifelong goal of becoming a firefighter: Mitchell's story

    "Ever since I was born, firefighting is something that’s been in my family," Mitchell Deal said. "My Grandad worked for London Fire Brigade before coming to Essex and then my Dad worked for this Service for 30 years, too. It’s always been the only thing that ...

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