Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

  • 09/08/2018

    Is your home really smoke alarmed?

    Did you know that smoke alarms alert occupants to just under half of fires in homes? The reason isn’t because they’re unreliable – they provide the best protection for keeping you and your family safe and giving you a chance of escaping without injury. The main reason is in ...

  • 02/08/2018

    Firefighters called to double the number of outdoor fires in July 2018

    Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is issuing important outdoor fire safety advice after prolonged dry, hot weather conditions have lead to an increase in outdoor fires. Last month (July) firefighters in Essex dealt with 632 outdoor fires. This is an increase of more than ...

  • 25/07/2018

    Firefighters recognise brave neighbours following explosion

    Martin Andrews and Glen Ellis had never met before the moment they suddenly heard an explosion close to their homes on a Sunday morning last month. Both neighbours leapt to their feet and headed outside to their gardens, where a number of other people had already gathered to find out what had ...

  • 23/07/2018

    Dovercourt Fire station's open day and recruitment day this Saturday

    Dovercourt Fire Station is holding its annual open day on Saturday 28 July and inviting anyone interested in becoming an on-call firefighter to come along too. The call comes as part of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s (ECFRS) countywide on-call firefighter recruitment ...

  • 19/07/2018

    New website for on-call firefighter applicants

    Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has launched a new website for future on-call firefighters. provides future recruits with information about the role, fitness advice and a portal to apply online. Boldly challenging stereotypes around what a modern day firefighter ...

  • 12/07/2018

    Firebreak partnership with Down Syndrome charity reaches tenth anniversary

    Celebrations are in order after our Firebreak partnership with charity Down Syndrome Extra 21 turned 10 years old. The programme is the first of its type to meet the complex physical and mental needs of the group the charity supports. The week-long programme has now been delivered to hundreds ...

  • 12/07/2018

    Emergency service staff become autism aware

    Staff from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, Essex Police and the East of England Ambulance Service took part in an ‘autism reality sensory experience’ at Basildon Fire Station last week. Firefighters, police officers and paramedics tried out state-of-the-art innovation sensory ...

  • 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, 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 future ...

  • 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 ...

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