Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

  • 06/05/2016

    Essex firefighter Ben takes on the toughest race on Earth

    Orsett firefighter Ben Whateley-Harris has completed a gruelling 257 kilometre race across one of the most inhospitable environments on Earth. Over seven days in April Ben ran at least a marathon every day in the blistering heat of the Sahara desert as one of the competitors in the Marathon Des ...

  • 05/05/2016

    Fire Empower - A springboard to success

    A special Firebreak course has had fantastic results helping 79 unemployed people from Essex last year alone. Since Fire Empower was launched in April 2014, 115 people have taken part in the course. Dozens have used the course as a spring board to get their lives back on track. The five-day ...

  • 04/05/2016

    Major exercise simulates terror incident

    A major exercise simulated a terrorist attack involving a crashed car and a blaze in a high rise accommodation in Basildon. More than 25 firefighters from Basildon, Grays, Orsett and Chelmsford took part in ‘Exercise Foxtrot’ at Basildon Hospital on Saturday, April 30. Crews faced ...

  • 03/05/2016

    Escape route safety message

    When fire strikes an escape route will give you and your family extra vital seconds to get out to safety - that is the message from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. The Service is urging people to create an escape route, practice it and make sure that route is always kept clear. Having a ...

  • 03/05/2016

    Deaf Awareness Week May 2-8

    Throughout Deaf Awareness Week Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will be sharing a series of British Sign Language videos highlighting important safety advice. The videos give vital safety advice using British Sign Language and subtitles to get the messages across to deaf communities in ...

  • 29/04/2016

    Parish Safety Volunteers: Fire and Police in collaboration

    A new scheme will see Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and Essex Police working together to help make people safer in their homes. The Parish Safety Volunteer scheme sees volunteers delivering fire safety, crime prevention and signposting people to well-being advice and help to people living ...

  • 29/04/2016

    New parents receive safety advice in Dovercourt

    New parents were shown how to keep their babies and toddlers safe at special safety days at Dovercourt Fire Station. The events gave parents help and advice on first aid and fire safety including smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and the importance of planning an escape route. ECFRS ...

  • 28/04/2016

    Geoff's specialist skills protecting Corringham

    Station Officer Geoff Wheal is one of just a handful of officers in Essex specially trained to deal with huge petrochemical incidents and the only on-call firefighter with such specialist knowledge. With eight major petrochemical sites straddling the Thames estuary, it is vital that Geoff, ...

  • 27/04/2016

    Essex firefighter charity cycle for Macmillan

    Essex firefighter Rob Sherwin is taking on one of the toughest cycle rides in the UK to raise money for charity. Rob, who is based at Great Baddow Fire Station, is taking part in the “Devil Dragon” long distance cycle ride in South Wales this June. He is raising money for Macmillan ...

  • 27/04/2016

    USAR team take part in regional exercise

    A specialist search and rescue team from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has taken part in a regional exercise involving a gas explosion at a college. The Service’s Urban Search and Rescue Unit joined teams from West Midlands, Buckinghamshire, Norfolk and Leicestershire in a national ...

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