Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


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  • 11/07/2018

    Dream come true visit for 5 year old Toby

    Yesterday (Tuesday 10 July) firefighters on Red Watch Orsett had an extra special visitor, five year old Toby Peters, who joined them for a morning at the fire station. Toby, who has been receiving daily treatment for leukaemia for the past three years, came to the fire station with his mum, ...

  • 06/07/2018

    I've always been up for a challenge: Ongar's first female firefighter

    “Find your inner strength and never give up,” said Dita Kotoulova, one of Ongar’s newest on-call firefighter, who is determined to prove that if you have enough determination then you can achieve anything. “About a year and a half ago I was thinking about what I wanted my ...

  • 29/06/2018

    Fire service issue safety advice following a number of outdoor fires this week

    Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is issuing important safety advice following a number of outdoor fires this week. Head of Community Safety Lee Lucas said: “We have been experiencing soaring temperatures and dry conditions for over a week now and the forecasts looks like it will ...

  • 19/06/2018

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

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

  • 06/06/2018

    Community Speed Watch Volunteers

    Volunteers carried out a total of 1343 Community Speed Watch sessions across Essex last year. More than 500 volunteers working across 90 registered Community Speed Watch groups gave up their spare time to work alongside the Safer Essex Roads Partnership to help reduce speeding. Last year, 4108 ...

  • 05/06/2018

    We are like a small family: Life as an on-call firefighter in Leaden Roding

    "When I was young, I used to live directly opposite Leaden Roding Fire Station," Chris Ward said. "I used to always look at it and think, 'one day I want to be a firefighter’ - and I’m really proud to say that I am now." Chris became an on-call firefighter at ...

  • 24/05/2018

    Police and Fire cadets will work together to be crowned cadet challenge champion

    Police and Fire cadets from across the county will put their skills together in an attempt to win the first ever Essex Police and Fire Cadet Challenge. The games will see 16 teams, made up of cadets from both services, tackling a specially designed course at Basildon Sporting Village to ...

  • 23/05/2018

    Emergency services share use of Manningtree Fire Station

    Closer working relationships between the emergency services are now being formed as Manningtree Fire Station becomes a ‘shared-use’ base. The on-call station in The Quay is being used as a drop in location for the Tendring Community Policing Team. The Team’s 23 Police ...

  • 17/05/2018

    Fighting fires and tackling depression - Sam's story

    To raise awareness around mental health, Sam, an on-call firefighter at Wivenhoe, has agreed to share his story publicly. If you are affected by any issues raised within this story, please see the links at the end of the article. Sam's Story “As firefighters, we’re often ...

  • 17/05/2018

    How to celebrate Ramadan safely

    Essex County Fire and Rescue Service would like to wish the Muslim communities of Essex ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ and offer them support and advice as they observe the holy period of Ramadan. During Ramadan a period of fasting is often observed during daylight hours, meaning cooking takes ...

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