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  • 25/10/2019

    International Control Room Week: Meet Sarah

    It’s International Control Room Week and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) is sharing some of the faces behind the phones throughout the week. Crew Manager Sarah Perks wanted a more varied job and made the leap from an administrative role in a magistrate’s court to the ...

  • 24/10/2019

    UK's best search and rescue dogs to take on two-day exercise in Brightlingsea

    Some of the UK’s best Search and Rescue dogs are set to take on a two-day exercise in Brightlingsea this weekend. The exercise, which will take place at two different sites, will include up to 20 dogs and their handlers. Canines from Fire and Rescue Services and police forces across the ...

  • 23/10/2019

    International Control Room Week: - Meet Kelly

    It’s International Control Room Week and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is sharing some of the faces behind the phones throughout the week. Control Operator Kelly Bingham has been with the Service for seven and a half years. She’s been on both sides of the control phone - in ...

  • 22/10/2019

    Firefighters take on brutal challenge for charity

    Three firefighters took on the Commando Shuffle, a gruelling 30 mile navigational time trial used by the Royal Marines in training while raising money for charity. On one of the hottest days of the summer, Simon Maskell (above left), Andre Turner (centre) and Jon Webster completed the challenge ...

  • 22/10/2019

    International Control Room Week - Ryan's story

    One of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s Control Room Operators has been praised by Harlow firefighters for his advice to a family during a kitchen fire. Ryan Gibson has worked in Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s Control Room for five years and on Sunday, 20 October, he ...

  • 21/10/2019

    International Control Room Week: 'Every emergency starts with us' Jason's story

    Every year, thousands of people across Essex find themselves involved in or witnessing an emergency. Instinctively, they all dial 999. But who are those reassuring, ever-present voices on the other end of the line? Well, they're Essex County Fire and Rescue Service's Control ...

  • 14/10/2019

    Candle Fire Safety Week: Snuff out the fire risk

    Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) is asking people to take care this Candle Fire Safety Week and snuff out the risk of fire in their homes. With winter fast approaching, a few candles scattered round the room can lend a warm glow to an evening in or add some festive cheer to the ...

  • 30/09/2019

    Home Safety Week 2019 #SafeHome19

    This week, Essex County Fire and Service (ECFRS) is sharing fire safety advice to help you keep your home safe. As part of the National Fire Chiefs Council’s Home Safety Week 2019 campaign which runs from 30 September – 6 October, the Service will be sharing home safety tips ...

  • 28/09/2019

    Student Fire Safety Week 2019

    With new students settling in to their new homes and new routines and returning students getting back in to the swing of all things university, Essex County Fire and Rescue Sevice is encouraging all students to have a think about their fire safety. Andrea MacAlister, Head of Community Safety, ...

  • 26/09/2019

    Fire service at 21, VIP at 100: Hocky Hockets' incredible story

    A 100-year-old lady who helped to keep Essex safe during World War Two returned to the fire station she first served at last week. ‘Hocky’ Hockets, who was based at the original fire station in Orsett Road Grays in what was then the National Fire Service, was greeted by family ...

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