Essex County Fire and Rescue Service http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk Essex County Fire and Rescue Service : News Feed Copyright 2017, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. Sun, 21 May 201717:58:00 GMT Road traffic collision - Ingrave Road, Brentwood Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision involving two vehicles.

Fire crews worked with the Ambulance Service to release two people trapped in the vehicles. The casulties were left in the care of the Ambulance Service by 7:15pm.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6650/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6650/ Sun, 21 May 2017 17:58:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - two casualties - Kirby Road, Walton on the Firefighters were called to a road traffic collision involving two vehicles.

Fire crews worked with paramedics to released two people trapped in the vehicles. The casualties were left in the care of the Ambulance Service by 2:10pm.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6649/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6649/ Sun, 21 May 2017 17:58:00 GMT
Roof destroyed by fire - Coburg Place, South Woodham Ferrers Firefighters were called to a fire in a mid-terrace house in South Woodham Ferrers.

When crews arrived at the property they reported the whole roof was alight. Crews managed to extinguish the fire by 6:30pm.

The house, and the house next door, have been left uninhabtable due to the damage caused by the fire.

An investigation will be carried out to establish the cause of the fire.

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6648/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6648/ Fri, 19 May 2017 17:58:00 GMT
Kitchen fire - Ranulf Road, Flitch Green Crews were called to a fire in a house in Flitch Green last night (Thursday 18 May).

On arrival firefighters reported that the fire was in the kitchen and that the whole house was smoke logged.

Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the fire by 9.30pm.

The kitchen suffered smoke, heat and fire damage and the house has suffered smoke damage.

Following an investigation it has been determined that the cause of the fire could be either deliberate or accidental.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6647/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6647/ Thu, 18 May 2017 17:58:00 GMT
Road traffic collision on A12 - A12, Hatfield Peverel Crews were called to a road traffic collision on the A12, southbound, between junction 20a and junction 19 (Hatfield Peverel to Boreham).

On arrival firefighters reported that one car has collided with a tree. 

Firefighters assisted in making the scene safe and left one female casualty in the care of the Ambulance Service at 6.15pm.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6646/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6646/ Thu, 18 May 2017 17:58:00 GMT
Heroic Southend cadet congratulated for motorcycle accident assistance Southend Fire Cadet Taylor Endell was on his way to his usual cadet training night last Wednesday (11 May) when he witnessed a motorbike accident.

Instantly, he thought of what he’d learnt on our course just weeks earlier – first aid training. Without hesitating, he raced over to the rider who had been thrown from his bike and began to provide casualty care.

The man was clearly injured and in a state of shock, but Taylor reassured him to keep him calm and stationary, while urging bystanders to call an ambulance.

Only when it arrived did Taylor hand over control of the scene, having executed everything he’d learnt at Fire Cadets perfectly.

Community Development and Safeguarding Manager Donna Finch said:

“We are all incredibly proud of Taylor and how calmly and efficiently he acted in such a difficult situation. He is a fantastic example of how our Fire Cadets programme helps to build the confidence of young people while also teaching them vital skills.

“Taylor is an asset to his local community and a credit to our programme – huge congratulations to him.”

Fire Cadets uses fire service training and discipline to teach teenagers the skills required to become a firefighter and a role model within their community. The course, which lasts up to three years, also gives cadets the opportunity to earn the Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards.

If you or someone you know could be interested in joining the Fire Cadets programme, head to www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Community_Development/Fire_Cadets/ to apply.

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Heroic_Southend_cadet_congratulated_for_motorcycle_accident_assistance/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Heroic_Southend_cadet_congratulated_for_motorcycle_accident_assistance/ Thu, 18 May 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision in Stanway - Blackberry Road, Stanway Crews were called to a road traffic collision involving three vehicles.

On arrival firefighters reported that one person was trapped in their vehicle and worked to release them by 8.15pm.

The casualty was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6645/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6645/ Wed, 17 May 2017 09:00:00 GMT
M11 road traffic collision - M11, Harlow Firefighters were called to a road traffic collision on the M11, southbound, between junction 7 and junction 6.

On arrival firefighters reported that the collision involved three cars and one HGV and that two people were trapped.

Firefighters worked to release the casualties from their vehicles by just after 7pm.

The casualties were left in the care of the Ambulance Service. 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6644/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6644/ Wed, 17 May 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Large pile of wood alight - Hoe Lane, Nazeing Firefighters have been called to a fire involving a pile of wood in Hoe Lane, Nazeing.

The pile, which contains planks of wood, measures approximately 60m x 30m.

At 5pm fire officers at the scene report the pile of wood is completely alight. Firefighters are using hoses to protect the surrounding area. Crews are monitoring the fire closely.

Hoe Lane may be closed temporarily at times during the incident for the safety of our crews while using the fire hydrants in the road.

At 6:30pm fire officers at the scene have reported that crews are working hard to protect the surrounding risks.

The current crew and fire engines, who have been on-site for over three hours, will be released shortly and replaced by four new fire engines and crew.

Crews will continue to work through the night and this incident is likely to take up to a week to extinguish due to the large volume of wood.

Update: Wednesday 17 May, 9am - Three fire engines remain at the scene of the fire which is burning under control.

Update: Thursday 18 May, 8am - Two fire engines remain at the scene of the fire which is burning under control.

Update: Saturday 20 May - One fire engine remains at the scene of the fire which is continuing to burn under control. Diggers are in use break down the pile.

Update: Monday 22 May - One fire engine remains at the scene of the incident. The huge pile has been successfully divided into two piles, one of timber and one of peat. The pile of timber has been fully extinguished and crews are monitoring the pile of peat which will be extinguished within the next 24 hours.

*This incident is on-going. More details will be added when available*.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6643/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6643/ Tue, 16 May 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Beware of garden weed burners A fire safety warning has been issued by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service after two fires were started by gas burners used to kill weeds.
 
Firefighters attended two garden fires in Clacton in the past two weeks caused by weed burners. The first incident happened on Friday 28 April and the second on Tuesday 9 May. Both incidents resulted in fire spreading beyond the intended areas and destroying a shed, fencing and other garden furniture. A man was also treated for smoke inhalation.
 
Neil Fenwick, Head of Community Safety, said:
 
“Weed burners are a popular labour saving garden gadgets and an alternative to using chemicals for weed control.
 
“But as they are powered by gas this item carries some considerable risk. It produces an intense and extremely hot flame that is effective on the weeds but is liable to cause burns if mishandled and has the potential to easily ignite undergrowth around the target area.”
 
The fire service is urging people to familiarise themselves thoroughly with their safe use and storage.
 
Neil said: “We would urge extreme caution with such devices at all times. It is important to take extra care not to ignite surrounding dry materials and to ensure that the burner is completely cooled before putting it away.”
 
Top safety tips for using weed burners:

  • To reduce the risk of fire it is a good idea to use a garden hose or watering can to damp down areas recently treated.
  • Always store cylinders away from heat sources and other combustibles.
  • Be vigilant during use. Only us the burner for their intended use; i.e. weeds only.
  • If the burner does come into direct contact with other items, check for ignition. If in doubt, use a garden hose or other water source to extinguish or ‘damp down’.
  • After use, ensure the gas is fully turned off and the burner is fully cool before replacing in storage. Residual heat may ignite surrounding combustibles and cause a fire.

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Beware_of_garden_weed_burners/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Beware_of_garden_weed_burners/ Tue, 16 May 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Bales of hay alight - Dock Road, Grays Crews were called to Dock Road, Grays, last night (Monday 15 May) after reports of a trailer alight. 

On arrival firefighters reported that the trailer, which measured around 3 metres by 5 metres, contained bales of hay and was 100% alight.

Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire by 11.20pm.

The cause of the fire has been recorded as deliberate.

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6641/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6641/ Mon, 15 May 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Prince William, the Beckhams and Buckingham Palace - Donna Finch MBE Having worked for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service for 13 years, Donna Finch is well known for her work with young people and vulnerable adults. In that time, she’s helped more than 5,000 students, long-term unemployed people and juvenile offenders to better themselves – and in doing so she’s become nationally known for her work.

And although her role as Community Development and Safeguarding Manager may not be the most visible area of our Service, she maintains the importance of what her and her team do.

Donna said:

“I think we really do make a difference to vulnerable people in the community. There will be days where you don’t realise the impact that the courses we write and deliver are making and then someone in your team will tell you something and it just really hits home.

“It could be someone that has been a victim of a really horrific crime whose confidence is at an all-time low for example, but has come on one of our courses and is now working as an advocate for other women and vulnerable people. There’s so many different stories and I’m so lucky to be able to share them.

One of Donna’s proudest successes has been the Service’s award-winning partnership with charity Down Syndrome Extra 21, which has inspired similar programmes as far afield as America and Australia.

“I remember one student in particular who was on the Down’s syndrome course, and he loved it so much that he was actually offered a job as a Premises Inspector at the home he was living in. He gets a small payment each day for doing small jobs like keeping the signs clean and testing the smoke alarms and escape routes – and he’s still doing it five years on.”

Donna has always believed that the close-knit group she leads – the Community Development and Safeguarding team – are the reason behind our Service’s success on those fronts rather than any of her individual work, but when a letter from Buckingham Palace dropped onto her doormat last November, she was in for a moment of unforgettable recognition.

“I phoned Adam (Eckley, A/CFO) and told him that there had been some sort of error. I couldn’t believe it. He assured me there hadn’t, but I just needed to be sure – so I actually phoned the Home Office.”

Over the previous 18 months, unbeknownst to Donna, a rigorous process had been underway in which colleagues from across the partner organisations she had worked with testified that she was deserving of the most incredible honour – an MBE.

She took the first opportunity to gather her team and share the news, and she was overwhelmed by their response.

“I wasn’t allowed to release the news until 10.30pm on 30th December, so I invited all the team to my house – who just thought we were having a New Year’s Eve drink together. When I was able to tell them, there was a big party. It was important to me that they heard first.

“They all instantly made the decision that they wanted to be in London on the day, so they all took a day’s leave. While I was in the Palace, they were in the local, the Buckingham Arms.”

But before joining her colleagues for a drink or two last month, Donna would be in for an unforgettable experience – starting from the moment she arrived at the Royal residence.

When I got there, there was this stunning staircase, where guests go left and recipients go right. As I walked in, there was a couple in front of me saying goodbye to each other as they were going opposite ways. She stopped as I got to the stairs – and said ‘Hello, I’m Victoria’ – it was Victoria Beckham.

“She asked whether I knew anyone there. I said no and she said ‘neither do I, let’s hang together.’”

For the next 45 minutes while the ladies both awaited their big moment, they chatted away – keeping each other calm and enjoying their surreal experience together.

That was until the Lord Chamberlain – the senior officer of the Royal Household – briefed the two ladies on how precisely they should approach, curtsey to and then walk away from who they would be honoured by, something that would play on Donna’s mind for the remainder of her stay at the Palace.

And then after a seemingly never-ending journey across the building, it was time to meet a member from another of the world’s most famous families – His Royal Highness Prince William.

“As I walked into the room after being called, I couldn’t believe the size of it. The orchestra was playing in the gallery and there were hundreds of people in there.

“They read out my name and what I’ve been honoured with (Services to Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults in the Community). I got my curtsey on point and Prince William was absolutely amazing – I was surprised by how much he knew. He said he really wanted to speak to me about what I do for his Grandfather’s charity – the Duke of Edinburgh Award. I told him about how it started off in Essex locally, but how we’ve managed to make it national and it’s now being rolled out across the Fire Cadet units.”

But there was one final challenge in store…

“He said to me: ‘So what’s next?’ All I could say was what the Lord Chamberlain had told me – I’ve got to take three steps backwards, curtsey again and not turn my back on you.”

Prince William smiled back at me: “Wow, now that’s a good place to start”.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Prince_William_the_Beckhams_and_Buckingham_Palace_-_Donna_Finch_MBE/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Prince_William_the_Beckhams_and_Buckingham_Palace_-_Donna_Finch_MBE/ Mon, 15 May 2017 09:00:00 GMT
One year on: fire service and Ambulance celebrate community scheme It has now been a year since firefighters from Basildon, Colchester, Frinton, Coggeshall, Newport and Ongar began responding to cardiac arrest calls as part of the Co-responding pilot.

In that time, our Service has attended more than 200 blue light medical emergencies, working in partnership with The East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST).

Firefighters at the six stations were given enhanced first aid and CPR training as well as being provided with defibrillators, often proving vital in ‘Red One’ calls – where a patient’s heart has stopped or they are no longer breathing.

Ambulances have continued to be sent to the scene, but it is widely agreed that having fire crews on site delivering medical care immediately could increase the probability of survival.

Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley said: “The co-responding scheme has proven to be a great success over the past year. We have attended hundreds of incidents with EEAST and helped give life-saving care.

“I’d like to thank all of our firefighters who are continuing to make a difference to the lives of people at their most difficult time of need.”

Co-responding Regional Lead, EEAST, Wendy Risdale-Barrs said: “The latest figures are a testament to the excellent blue light collaborative work in Essex, and long may it continue. I would like to thank everyone for getting behind the scheme since day one which has made a significant impact on the lives of many.

“This partnership highlights our willingness to look after the people of Essex; we welcome more collaborative work in the future.”

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/One_year_on_fire_service_and_Ambulance_celebrate_community_scheme/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/One_year_on_fire_service_and_Ambulance_celebrate_community_scheme/ Mon, 15 May 2017 09:00:00 GMT
House fire - School Road, Downham Firefighters were called to a house fire in School Road, Downham.

The occupant called 999 after he saw smoke coming from the roof while he was out in the garden.

When crews arrived at the property they reported that 30% of the roof was on fire.

The fire was extinguished by 12:05pm, and crews spent a further 30 minutes dampening down the remaining hot spots.

The roof has suffered severe damage and is no longer habitable.

The cause of the fire was thought to be a faulty light connection in the ceiling of the first floor.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6640/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6640/ Fri, 12 May 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - car crashed into building - Clacton Road, St Firefighters assisted at the scene of a road traffic collision involving one vehicle which had crashed into the side of a building in St Osyth.

Specialist firefighters from the Urban Search and Rescue team made the building safe by shoring up the damaged area.

Firefighters left the scene at 7:30pm in the care of the Police and structural engineer.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6639/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6639/ Thu, 11 May 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Commercial property deliberately set on fire - Cromwell Road, Grays Firefighters were called to a fire in a small single storey commercial building off Cromwell Road in Grays.

The property, which is a converted bungalow now used by a business, was completely alight when crews arrived at the address.

Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire by 1:45pm.

The whole property including the roof has been severely damaged by the fire which is thought to have been started deliberately. The Police were informed.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6638/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6638/ Thu, 11 May 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Firefighters rescue injured builder from scaffolding - Watchouse Firefighters rescued a injured man who had fallen onto some scaffolding on a house while he was working on the roof.

The man, who had suffered ankle and shoulder injuries, was assessed by paramedics and then firefighters used the aerial ladder platform (ALP) to carefuly bring him down to the ground.

The man was rescued by 11:50am and left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6637/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6637/ Thu, 11 May 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - one male casualty - London Road, Great Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision involving one vehicle which had crashed into a lampost.

Fire crews worked with paramedics to release the casulty from his vehicle by 7:25pm.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6635/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6635/ Wed, 10 May 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Garage fire caused by battery charger - PHOTO - Grantley Close, Firefighters were called to a fire in the garage of a detatched house.

When crews arrived at the property they reported the double garage within the large detached house was completely alight. Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire by 8:20pm. The garage has been severally damaged by the fire.

One male suffering with smoke inhalation and minor burns was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

Incident Commander Lee Palfreyman said:

"Firefighters worked extremely quickly to control the fire. It is thanks to their hard work that the fire did not spread to the rest of the property and the neigbouring properties."

The cause of the fire was found to be a lithium battery charger which was being used in the garage.

The fire service has issued the following safety advice for using lithium battery chargers:

- Never charge the battery unattended
- If you have a multifunctional charger, thoroughly read the instructions and make sure it is in LiPo mode
- Place the charger and battery on a non-flammable surface when charging and keep at least one metre away from flammable objects
- If possible place the battery inside a special LiPo bag or in a fireproof box container when charging
- Stop charging immediately if the battery gets warm or swells, disconnect and leave alone
- Never charge or recover a battery pack that is damaged, has swollen cells or cells that are below 3.0V
- Always use properly insulated connectors and leads.
- Make sure you have a working smoke alarm.

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6636/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6636/ Wed, 10 May 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - four casualties - M25, Harlow Firefighters were called to a road traffic collision involving one vehicle on the M25 at junction 27 southbound.

Fire crews worked with paramedics to release four casualties from the vehicle.

The casualties were released by 9:40pm and left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6634/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6634/ Tue, 09 May 2017 09:00:00 GMT