Essex County Fire and Rescue Service http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk Essex County Fire and Rescue Service : News Feed Copyright 2018, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. Tue, 23 Jan 201816:02:00 GMT Road traffic collision on M11 - M11, Harlow Crews were called to a road traffic collision on the M11 Southbound, between junction 7 (Hastingwood Interchange/Harlow) and Junction 6 (M25).

On arrival firefighters reported that two HGVs were involved and no one was trapped.

Firefighters assited the police in making the scene safe by 4.30pm.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7109/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7109/ Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:02:00 GMT
Candles cause bathroom fire - Link Road, Canvey Island Crews were called to a house after reports of a fire in the first floor bathroom.

On arrival firefighters reported that the first floor of the house was heavily smoke logged and there was a small fire in the bathroom.

Firefighters extinguished the fire by 7.40am.

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental and started after candles were left on the bath and began to melt through the plastic.

There was also a delay in discovering the fire as the smoke alarm was not working.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is reminding the public to never leave candles unattended and to regularly test smoke alarms.

Candle safety

  • Make sure candles are secured in a proper holder and are away from materials that may catch fire - like curtains.
  • Children should not be left alone with lit candles.
  • Put candles out when you leave the room, and make sure they’re put out completely at night.
  • Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, but avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping.
  • Trim the wick to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring.
  • Don’t move candles once they are lit.
  • Follow the manufacturer's recommendations on burn time and proper use.
  • Do not burn several candles close together as this might cause flaring.

Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms are proven life savers. They give warning at the first sign of fire, waking you and your family up and giving everyone the time they need to get safely out and call the fire service.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service wants to ensure that every single home in Essex has the excellent protection smoke alarms offer and will visit any home in Essex and fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge.

To book your Home Safety Visit book online: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

 

 

 

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7107/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7107/ Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:02:00 GMT
Food van fire - Shire Hill, Saffron Walden Crews were called to reports a food van on fire in Shire Hill, Saffron Walden.

On arrival firefighters reported the vehicle was 100% alight and worked to extinguish the fire by 9:20pm.

The cause of the fire has been recorded as deliberate.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7108/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7108/ Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:02:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - Queensway, Southend on Sea Crews were called to a road traffic collision involving one vehicle which had left the roadway. 

On arrival firefighters reported that two people were trapped in a car and worked to release them by 9.10pm. 

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

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7106/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7106/ Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:02:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - two people trapped - Long Riding, Basildon Crews were called to a road traffic collision involving two vehicles. 

On arrival firefighters reported one vehicle was on its side and two people were trapped inside.

Firefighters released the casualties by 7.30pm and left them in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7105/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7105/ Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:02:00 GMT
Fire at sheltered accomodation - Spital Road, Maldon Crews were called to a care home after reports of a fire in a resident's bedroom.

Station Manager Dan Partridge said:

"We were alerted to the incident by the Careline service with reports that a smoke alarm in a care home was sounding, and on arrival crews discovered a well developed fire in a resident's bedroom."

"Residents had followed the building's Stay Put policy and we worked with the building's management to review the visual plans of the building and understand the layout and which rooms were occupied.

"As well as dealing with the fire, which was on the ground floor, crews searched the second and third floor of the building for any further causalties as the building was smoke logged.

"Three residents suffered smoke inhalation and were left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

"The building has suffered extensive smoke damage and has been left in the care of the management company."

An investigation will take place to determine the cause of the fire.

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7104/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7104/ Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:02:00 GMT
New Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive for Essex County Fire and The Essex Police, Fire and Crime Panel has confirmed Jo Turton as Chief Fire Officer/ Chief Executive for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS).

Jo’s appointment follows a rigorous recruitment process in November and December 2017, and she will join ECFRS in early April 2018.

Commenting on the appointment PFCC, Roger Hirst said:

“I’m delighted that Jo Turton is coming to Essex. She brings relevant and complementary skills, as well as the passion needed to lead the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. She will be able to steer the organisation further on its journey of cultural change, enabling it to be one of the very best fire and rescue services in the country.”

ECFRS Chief Fire Officer, Adam Eckley added: 

“I have the upmost confidence that Jo’s considerable leadership knowledge and experience is going to be a great asset for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.
 
“I believe that her first class experience as a Chief Executive of a large, upper tier County Council is what ECFRS needs to continue its transformational journey and to move the Service forward.”

Jo has worked in and around local government for most of her career. For the last fifteen years she has held senior operational and leadership roles in Shropshire and Lancashire, including most recently the post of Chief Executive at Lancashire County Council.

Prior to joining Shropshire County Council, Jo was employed as an Area Performance Lead at the Audit Commission where she worked across a range of sectors including the NHS and Prison Service as well as advising local authorities from Durham to Exeter.

Jo has considerable experience working in multi-agency environments at a County and national level. During her time at Lancashire County Council she initiated and led cultural transformation programmes at a directorate and corporate level as well as developing new service delivery models with public and private sector organisations across Lancashire. This was achieved in partnership with a range of stakeholders, including the local authority trade unions, and is an approach that is now being replicated in other County Councils. 

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/New_Chief_Fire_OfficerChief_Executive_for_Essex_County_Fire_and_Rescue_Service/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/New_Chief_Fire_OfficerChief_Executive_for_Essex_County_Fire_and_Rescue_Service/ Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Disused factory fire - Russell Gardens, Wickford A crew from Rayleigh Weir and one from Wickford were called to a fire at a disused factory which was due for redevelopment.

Watch Manager Tony Vickress said:

"Initially we were called to reports of smoke in the area in Bridge Road, Wickford, but on arrival we could see flames coming from the distance in Russell Gardens.

"Crews immediately changed the location and proceeded to Russell Gardens, where there was a disused factory which was 30% alight.

"Firefighters worked to fight the fire from the outside as conditions inside the building made it unsafe to enter.

"The fire was extinguished by 10pm and firefighters then stayed on the scene to dampen down hotspots and ventilate the property.

"The building has suffered about 25% fire damage and smoke damage."

The cause of the fire has been recorded as deliberate.

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7103/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7103/ Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - one male trapped - Bicknacre Road, Chelmsford Crews were called to Bicknacre Road, Chelmsford, after a road traffic collision involving one vehicle. 

On arrival firefighters reported that one man was trapped in his vehicle. 

Firefighters released the casualty by 4.25pm and left him in the care of the Ambulance Service. 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7102/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7102/ Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Grade II listed building fire - Laindon Road, Horndon on the Hill Six fire engines, an aerial ladder platform and a water bowser were called to a Grade II listed building in Horndon on the Hill in the early hours of this morning (Sunday 21 January).

On arrival firefighters reported that around 20% of the ground floor, first floor and roof were alight and the whole property was heavily smoke logged. 

Watch Manager Scott Fretton was one of the first on scene. He said:

"Our main priority was to stop the fire spreading so that the Grade II listed building could be salvaged. 

"Crews worked extremely quickly to set up water supplies and begin tackling the fire from both inside and outside and restrict the spreading.

"Once the fire was out our crews worked to pinpoint hotspots within the walls and ceiling to ensure the scene was safe, and by 6.40am we were sure that the fire had been completely extinguished.

"The house has suffered around 30% fire damage as well as smoke and water damage. 

"Unfortunately two dogs were in the property at the time of the fire and sadly died during the incident."

An investigation will take place to determine the cause of the fire. 

 

**Please note, the map reference shown on the incident log is incorrect**

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7101/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7101/ Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:00:00 GMT
House fire - Hawthorn Avenue, Colchester Crews were called to a property in Hawthorn Avenue, Colchester, in the early hours of this morning (Saturday 20 January) after reports of a fire. 

On arrival firefighters reported that there was a fire in the living room and that the curtains and sofa were alight. 

Firefighters extinguished the fire by 4.35am.

The property has suffered some smoke and fire damage.

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

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7100/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7100/ Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - Main Road, Bicknacre Crews were cakked to a road traffic collision involving two vehicles.

On arrival firefighters reported that one person was trapped and worked with the Ambulance Service to release them by 4.55pm.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7099/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7099/ Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - Bulmer - Bulmer Tye, Bulmer Firefighters were called to a road traffic collision involving three vehicles.

On arrival crews reported that one person was trapped and worked to release them by 8:50am.

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

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7098/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7098/ Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Gold Standard! Our Service's students presented with top Duke of Five young people are celebrating this week after being presented with the ultimate Duke of Edinburgh Award at St. James’ Palace.


Amy Gair, Katie Rolfe, Emma Rolfe, Rebecca Draper and David Hopkinson received Gold Duke of Edinburgh (D of E) Gap Awards on Tuesday evening, following five years of hard work in and alongside their communities as part of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s D of E programme.


The group, who are the first ever to achieve Gold Awards at ECFRS, were greeted by His Royal Highness Prince Edward at the Palace alongside more than 100 other young people.


Proud supporter of the D of E initiative and celebrity Andrea Maclean was also on hand to present the young people with their awards.


The award follows half a decade of volunteering, skill-based and physical work, along with an expedition designed to challenge young people and teach them value life-building skills.


During that period, the group have spent time in their communities assisting with our Home Safety Visits, representing ECFRS at events including Remembrance Sunday and being valuable parts of the arranging and hosting of our various Fire Station Open Days.


Firefighting skills, including hose running and being in charge of mock scenarios and incidents, also made up much of what the group have learnt; having now also become lecturers and mentors to younger participants who have recently joined the D of E programme.


Donna Finch MBE, Chief Fire Officers’ Association Duke of Edinburgh Manager, said: “Congratulations to all five Gold Award winners – you are a credit to Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.


“Their achievements are further proof of how special the Duke of Edinburgh Award is and just what it can do to offer young people invaluable life experiences at a key point in their development.


“These winners deserve to be celebrated for their commitment to improving the lives of others, particularly vulnerable members of our community, and in turn becoming role models for their peers.”


The award winners were joined by Martin Hills and Karl Amoss, ECFRS’ Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinators, at the ceremony.


Martin Hills said: “All those involved are hugely proud to have been a part of this remarkable and rewarding Journey for our Cadets as they achieve their Gold Award.


“Over the last five years they have taken every challenge that has been thrown at them in their stride, having already achieved their Silver and Bronze Awards. In doing so, they have matured into responsible, hard-working and mature adults – they truly epitomise what the Duke of Edinburgh Award is about.”

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Gold_Standard!_Our_Services_students_presented_with_top_Duke_of_Edinburgh_Award/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Gold_Standard!_Our_Services_students_presented_with_top_Duke_of_Edinburgh_Award/ Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - Leigh on Sea - Rayleigh Road, Leigh on Sea Crews were called to a road traffic collision incolving two vehicles. 

On arrival firefighters reported that one female was trapped in her car and worked with the Ambulance Service to release her by 10pm.

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

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7097/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7097/ Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - M25 - M25, Brentwood Crews were called to the M25, clockwise between junction 27 and junction 28, following a multi-vehicle collision. 

On arrival firefighters reported that three cars and one HGV was involved and one person was trapped in their vehicle. 

Firefighters worked to release the casualty by 9.30pm and left them in the care of the Ambulance Service. 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7096/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7096/ Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Chimney fire - Market Place, Ingatestone Crews were called to a house after reports that the chimney had caught alight.

Firefighters used chimney rods to extinguish the fire and then put a thermal imaging camera on the chimney to ensure the fire was out.

Firefighters confirmed the scene was safe at 8.55pm.

Most chimney fires are preventable. Regular inspection and cleaning of chimney flues will help prevent fires within chimneys. Keep your family and home safe by following our chimney safety advice.

  • Have your chimney swept at least once a year, or more frequently if you burn wood.
  • Do not stack fires too high and remember to let them burn down well before you go to bed.
  • Use a fire or spark guard.
  • Do not place objects on or over the mantle-piece which may cause you to stand too close to the fire to reach or use them.
  • Inspect your chimney regularly - particularly in the roof space - to ensure that it is sound and that sparks or fumes cannot escape through cracks or broken bricks.
  • Avoid burning resinous woods as soot builds up quickly. Suitable seasoned timber must be used in all solid fuel stoves.
  • Buy only suitable fuels. Using the wrong type of fuel on a liner will reduce the life of the liner considerably due to increased corrosion.
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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7095/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7095/ Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - Maldon Road - Maldon Road, Chelmsford Crews were called to a road traffic collision between two vehicles.

On arrival firefighters reported that a man in his 80s was trapped. Firefighters worked to release him by 4.55pm.

The man, and the driver of the other vehicle - a female in her 30s - were left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7094/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7094/ Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - A130 - Essex Regiment Way, Chelmsford Crews were called to a road traffic collision between a lorry and a car.

On arrival firefighters reported that one female was traped in the car and worked to release her by 4.15pm.

Firefighters left the casualty in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7092/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7092/ Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - Urmond Road, Canvey Island Crews were called to a road traffic collision involving two vehicles.

In arrival firefighters reported that one person was trapped in their car and worked to release them by 9.55am.

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7091/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7091/ Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:00:00 GMT