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  • 11/06/2020

    Fire Service set to continue partnership with Ambulance Service

    Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has extended its partnership with the East of England Ambulance Service Trust during the pandemic. On Easter Monday, 19 on-call firefighters began their shifts as ambulance drivers with the Ambulance Service as part of an eight-week ...

  • 09/06/2020

    CharityTuesday: Firefighters praise local resident who raised £630 for charity

    A Waltham Abbey resident has raised more than £630 for The Fire Fighters charity after pushing a wheelie bin from her home to Waltham Abbey Fire Station and back again. Nicola Matthews put on one of her favourite dresses and heels and pushed her wheelie bin 3.5 miles to raise as much money ...

  • 07/06/2020

    Firefighter helps to welcome baby girl into the world

    An Essex County Fire and Rescue Service firefighter who has been working as an ambulance driver with the East of England Ambulance Service helped to welcome a baby girl into the world. Scott Draper has been an on-call firefighter at Billericay Fire Station for 15 and half years and for the last ...

  • 05/06/2020

    Volunteers at the Essex Fire Museum help to look after 6,000 artefacts

    As part of Volunteers' Week 2020, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is spotlighting its volunteers. The Service has six dedicated volunteers who help to run the Essex Fire Museum in Grays alongside two staff members, Laura Bayley and Roger Pickett. The team work to accession new ...

  • 05/06/2020

    Firefighter celebrates 45 year milestone

    An Essex County Fire and Rescue Service on-call firefighter is celebrating 45 years’ in the Service this month. Watch Manager Derek Whitbread from Epping Fire Station is one of the Service’s longest ever serving on-call firefighters having begun his career with the Service in ...

  • 05/06/2020

    Firefighters help otterly cute Essex residents

    Colchester Zoo’s otters have had a helping hand from Essex firefighters while the Service was on site to discuss their emergency fire plans. The Service is known for its role to help Essex residents in times of need and has helped many animals throughout the years but this time, the job ...

  • 05/06/2020

    Pride Month - The meaning behind the LGBTQ+ flag

    This pride month, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is proudly sharing the LGBTQ+ flag and the Service’s LGBTQ+ support network chair has explained the meaning behind the flag. This year, ECFRS is sharing the Progress Flag during pride month which encompasses the rainbow as well as ...

  • 05/06/2020

    Volunteers fit smoke alarms in 1,500 Essex homes

    As part of Volunteers' Week 2020, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is spotlighting its volunteers. Essex County Fire and Rescue Service home fire safety volunteers helped to fit smoke alarms in 1,480 Essex homes between March 2019 and March 2020. The Service has 22 home fire safety ...

  • 04/06/2020

    Chelmer Valley temporary mortuary decommissioning

    The temporary mortuary at Chelmer Valley, outside Chelmsford is to be taken down. It was built in case there were more deaths during the coronavirus pandemic than hospitals and funeral directors in Essex, Southend and Thurrock could cope with. The Essex ...

  • 04/06/2020

    ThankyouThursday: Fire Cadet thanked for dedication

    We have 147 young people who volunteer their time with us as Fire Cadets in Clacton, Dovercourt, Harlow, Great Baddow, Orsett and Southend. In 2019, our Fire Cadets volunteered more than 570 hours to help in their local communities. The Fire Cadets give up their evenings and weekends and time ...

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