Essex County Fire and Rescue Service http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk Essex County Fire and Rescue Service : News Feed Copyright 2019, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. Tue, 19 Feb 201914:22:00 GMT Kitchen fire - smoke alarm alerts resident - Sherwood Way, Southend Firefighters were called to reports of a fire in a ground floor flat in Southend.

When fire crews arrived they reported that the fire was in the kitchen.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus managed to extinguish the fire by 2:35pm.

Crew Manager Mark Blakebrough, Southend Fire Station, said:

"The fire was caused by a tea towel which had been left on top of the oven. The oven had been left on and the heat from the oven caught the tea towel alight.

"Thankfully the flat had working smoke alarms so the resident was alerted to the fire. Workers nearby also smelt the smoke and made sure the resident got outside of his flat, away from the smoke.

"We urge people to never leave anything on top of your oven, even when it's turned off. Also, we know it's easy to get distracted when busy at home, but if you're cooking or pre-heating your oven, always take extra care so that you don't forget about it."

The resident was alerted to the fire by their working smoke alarm enabling them to get out of the house safely. If you do not have smoke alarms in your home, we can fit them completely for FREE. Call: 0300 303 0088 or book online: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7665/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7665/ Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:22:00 GMT
Fire in office block basement - Eagle Way, Warley Firefighters were called to a fire in the basement of a six storey office block.

When fire crews arrived they reported the large basement area was filled with smoke.

Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus entered the basement and used dry powder extinguishers to put the fire out.

The fire started in some electric cables in the ceiling.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7664/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7664/ Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:22:00 GMT
Taster sessions aimed at BAME applicants Good communicator? Community minded? Physically fit? We’re looking for you.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is taking positive action to encourage people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities to come and try out a new career.

We want our workforce to be as diverse as the communities we serve and to do this we particularly need to recruit more people from BAME communities, who are not only under-represented but who may not consider firefighting as a career.

No two days are the same when you’re a firefighter. Our role has developed and so has our place in the community.

Firefighting isn’t just about fighting fires. As well as the varied incidents you could attend, such as road traffic collisions and floods, you are just as likely to be carrying out a home safety visit, talking to the community about fire safety or working with our partners to support a campaign.

If you’re looking for a long-term career with flexibility, prospects for progression firefighting is an ideal career.

We’re holding two BAME taster sessions for people from those communities to come along to find out more about the role and try out some of the physical tests you’d need to perform during recruitment and training. Our firefighters and fitness advisors will all be on hand to offer advice and support.

This doesn’t mean we won’t be recruiting people from other backgrounds when applications for wholetime firefighters open in spring this year, but right now we want to raise awareness among groups that are less likely to step forward and see what’s involved in becoming a fire professional.

Our taster sessions will take place on:

Thursday 7 March 2019: 18:00 – 20:00 – Witham Fire Station

Saturday 6 April 2019: 11:00 – 13:00 – Witham Fire Station

People from BAME communities from Essex and the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest are all invited to attend.

Please visit Eventbrite to book your place.

Please ensure you wear sportswear on the day and plan ahead for your journey as there is no parking on site. 

 

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Road traffic collision - one casualty - M25, Brentwood Firefighters were called to assist at a road traffic collision on the M25 slip road involving two vehicles.

Fire crews worked with paramedics to help release one casualty trapped in their vehicle.

The casualty was released by 9:20am and left in the care of the Ambulance Service,

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7663/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7663/ Mon, 18 Feb 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Kitchen fire - pan of oil left unattended on hob - Burghley Road, Firefighters were called to a kitchen fire in a ground floor flat in Chelmsford this evening after a pan of oil was left unattended on a hot hob.

The resident thought they had turned their hob off, but it was on and caused a fire to break out.

The property had working smoke alarms so the resident was alerted early and was able to get their family outside to safety and call 999.

Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire.

Watch Manager Nick Singleton, Chelmsford Fire Station, said:

"It is very easy to get distracted while cooking, especially when you have small children demanding your attention. But incidents like this show how important it is to take extra care when cooking. More house fires start in the kitchen than any other room so we are urging everyone to familiarise themselves with our top tips to keep safe in the kitchen.

  • Take care when cooking with hot oil – it sets alight easily.
  • Make sure food is dry before putting it in hot oil so it doesn’t splash.
  • If the oil starts to smoke – it’s too hot.  Turn off the heat and leave it to cool.
  • Use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer.  They can’t overheat.
  • If your pan catches fire, turn off the heat if it is safe to do so.  Never throw water over it oil overheated.
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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7662/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7662/ Sat, 16 Feb 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Chimney fire - Broadfield Way, Buckhurst Hill Firefighters were called to a chimney fire in a semi-detatched house in Buckhurst Hill this evening (Friday 15 February).

When fire crews arrived they reported the fire had spread to the flat roof of the single storey extension.

Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire by 10:40pm.

Thee has caused severe damage to the chimney and also the flat roof of the extension.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7661/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7661/ Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Fire started by electric heater - Crest Avenue, Grays Crews were called to a house in Crest Avenue, Grays, after neighbours heard the smoke alarm. 

On arrival firefighters reported that there was a small fire in the living room.

Crews worked to extinguish the fire and clear the property of smoke by 2.05pm. 

The house has suffered some smoke damage.

Watch Manager Dave Hogan said:

"The fire started after a towel was left on an electric heater.

"If you use any type of portable heater in your home, please follow our advice to keep you and your family safe:

  • Never leave portable heaters unattended
  • Never leave them on whilst sleeping
  • Ensure that they are positioned well away from anything which could knock them over
  • Ensure they are at least a metre away from any combustible materials (paper/curtains)
  • Never buy second hand halogen heaters
  • Never power a halogen heater from an extension lead - these can easily be overloaded and cause fires
  • Regularly inspect your heater and extension lead for damage. If it’s damaged, don’t use it.
  • Do not dry clothes or towels on portable heaters.

"This incident shows how a smoke alarm provides vital warning that a fire has broken out, and can even alert neighbours when you're out of the house."

Not got smoke alarms in your home?

We want every home in Essex to be protected by working smoke alarms - so if you don't have any working smoke alarms in your home, we'll come and fit them for FREE.

To get your new smoke alarms fitted, please arrange a Home Safety Visit by calling 0300 303 0088 or book online: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7660/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7660/ Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - St Andrews Avenue, Colchester Crews were called to the scene of a road traffic collision incolving two vehicles.

On arrival firefighters reported that one person was trapped in their vehicle.

Firefighters released the casualty by 11.20am and left them in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7659/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7659/ Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - M11, Stansted Crews were called to a road traffic collision on the M11, southbound between junction 8 and junction 7.

On arrival firefighters reported that three vehicles were involved, including two HGVs.

One person was trapped inside their vehicle and firefighters worked to release him by 10.30pm.

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


Stansted, Dunmow and Newport fire stations are all crewed by on-call firefighters; people who live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station and are paid to attend an incident when called by the fire service. We're recruiting on-call firefighters all over the county. Interested? Visit join.essex-fire.gov.uk for more information.

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7658/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7658/ Wed, 13 Feb 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - M11, Harlow Crews were called to a road traffic collision on the M11, southbound between junction 7 and junction 6.

On arrival firefighters reported that one car had left the road and hit a tree. 

One male was trapped inside the car and firefighters worked to release him by 8.30pm.

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

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7657/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7657/ Wed, 13 Feb 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Kitchen fire - no working smoke alarm - Brooklyn Road, Dovercourt A Dovercourt resident had a lucky escape after a fire broke out in his kitchen yesterday afternoon while he was asleep.

The property did not have working smoke alarms, so it wasnt until a neighbour spotted smoke coming from a window that the alarm was raised. The neighbour then managed to wake the man up and led him out of his house to safety.

When fire crews arrived they reported the kitchen was full of smoke. Firefighters managed to quickly extinguish the fire and stop it spreading.

The occupant was left in the care of the Ambulance Service to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The fire was found to have started by cooking left unattended in the kitchen.

Not got smoke alarms in your home?

We want every home in Essex to be protected by working smoke alarms - so if you don't have any working smoke alarms in your home, we'll come and fit them for FREE.

To get your new smoke alarms fitted, please arrange a Home Safety Visit by calling 0300 303 0088 or book online: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book


We are recruiting on-call firefighters in Dovercourt. On-call firefighters are people who live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station and are paid to attend an incident when called by the fire service. Interested? Visit join.essex-fire.gov.uk/dovercourt for more information.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7656/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7656/ Tue, 12 Feb 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Chip pan fire - Leys Drive, Little Clacton Crews were called to a house after reports of a fire in a kitchen.

On arrival firefighters reported that the kitchen was filled with smoke and a woman was suffering from burns on her hands and arms. 

Crews ensured the fire was completely out by dampening down the area and cleared the property of smoke by 6pm.

Firefighters also rendered first aid to the casualty and left her in the care of the Ambulance Service.

The kitchen has suffered some smoke damage. 

ECFRS' cooking with oil advice:

  • Take care when cooking with hot oil – it sets alight easily.
  • Make sure food is dry before putting it in hot oil so it doesn’t splash.
  • If the oil starts to smoke – it’s too hot.  Turn off the heat and leave it to cool.
  • Use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer.  They can’t overheat.
  • If your pan catches fire, turn off the heat if it is safe to do so.  Never throw water over it

If you would like to arrange for a free home safety visit, during which smoke alarms will be fitted free of charge, call us on 0300 303 0088 or visit www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book


Weeley Fire Station is recruiting on-call firefighters; people who live or work within five minutes of the fire station and are paid to attend an incident when called by the fire service. Interested in supporting your local community? Visit join.essex-fire.gov.uk/weeley for more information.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7655/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7655/ Tue, 12 Feb 2019 09:00:00 GMT
House fire - Mount Avenue, Hutton Firefighters were called to reports of a house fire in Hutton this afternoon (Tuesday 12 February) after a passerby noticed smoke coming from the property.

When fire crews arrived they immediately entered the property wearing breathing apparatus to search to see if anyone was inside.

Firefighters quickly located the source of the fire, which was in the kitchen, confirmed no one was in the property and worked to extinguished the fire by 5pm.

Crews then cleared the house of smoke and isolated both the electricity and gas to ensure the scene was safe.

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental, and is thought to have started after the switch on a kettle was accidentally turned on and became stuck, causing the element to overheat and catch fire.  

The kitchen has been completely destroyed. 


Brentwood Fire Station is partly made up of on-call firefighters; people who live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station and are paid to attend an incident when called by the fire service. We're recruiting on-call firefighters all over the county. Interested? Visit join.essex-fire.gov.uk for more information.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge. Call us on: 0300 303 0088 or book online: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7654/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7654/ Tue, 12 Feb 2019 09:00:00 GMT
House fire - started by mobile phone/charger - Fennells, Harlow Firefighters were called to a house fire in Harlow this lunchtime (Tuesday 12 February).

The alarms was raised by neighbours who spotted smoke coming from the property and called 999.

When fire crews arrived at the house, they reported that the property was completely full of smoke. The fire was in the ground floor living room.

Firefighters managed to get into the property and quickly extinguish the fire and stop it spreading the property next door.

Sadly a dog, cat and three rats were found dead in the property.

The cause of the fire was found to be a mobile phone plugged into phone charger.

The whole house has suffered bad smoke damage, and the ground floor has also suffered fire damage.

Watch Manager Steve Harrison, Harlow Fire Station, said:

"Incidents like this show how important it is to take extra care when using a charger. Follow our safety advice to keep you and your family safe."

  • Don’t leave items on charge or plugged in overnight or whilst you are out of the house.
  • Never leave plugged in and turned on when they are not in use.
  • Don’t leave items on charge for long periods.
  • Only use the charger supplied by the manufacturer.
  • Look out for the CE mark that indicates chargers comply with European Safety standards.

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7653/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7653/ Tue, 12 Feb 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - Boreham Road, Chelmsford Crews were called to a road traffic collision after reports that one vehicle had left the road. 

On arrival firefighters reported that a man was trapped in his car. 

Firefighters worked to release the casualty by 1.45pm. 

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

We are recruiting on-call firefighters in Great Baddow. On-call firefighters are people who live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station and are paid to attend an incident when called by the fire service. Interested? Visit join.essex-fire.gov.uk for more information.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7652/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7652/ Mon, 11 Feb 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - Thorpe Hall Avenue, Thorpe Bay Crews were called after reports that a car had collided with a tree. 

On arrival firefighters reported that one person was trapped in the vehicle and worked to release them by 10.05am.

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

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7651/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7651/ Sat, 09 Feb 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Discarded cigarette causes kitchen fire - Pytt Field, Harlow An unsafely discarded cigarette caused a kitchen fire in a Harlow flat this afternoon.

Firefighters were called to reports of a fire in the second floor flat after a neighbour was alerted by the sound of the smoke alarm. No-one was inside the property at the time of the fire.

Crews managed to extinguish the fire by 1.07pm before using positive pressure ventilation fans to clear the smoke from the premises.

Fortunately, firefighters were able to contain the fire damage to the kitchen, while the rest of the property has suffered light smoke damage.

Watch Manager Tony Galloway, Harlow Fire Station, said: "This fire was caused accidentally after a cigarette, which had not been properly extinguished, fell from an ash tray into a nearby bin and ignited its contents.

"Fortunately, the property had a working smoke alarm which helped a quick-thinking neighbour to inform us, but this could easily have been much more serious.

"If you or someone you live with smoke at home, please always make sure that your cigarettes are completely out and not near anything flammable before you leave them unattended."

 

Follow our safety advice

Here are our top tips on staying safe at home as a smoker:

•Make sure your all cigarettes are fully extinguished.
•Take extra care when you’re tired, taking any sort of drugs or have been drinking alcohol. It’s very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning.
•Never smoke in bed - if you need to lie down, don’t light up. You could doze off and set your bed on fire.
•Never leave lit cigarettes unattended - they can easily overbalance as they burn down.
•Use a proper, heavy ashtray that can’t tip over easily and is made of a material that won’t burn. Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished.
•Tap your ash into an ashtray, never a wastebasket containing other rubbish – and don’t let the ash or cigarette ends build up in the ashtray.

 

Not got a working smoke alarm in your home?

We'll come and fit smoke alarms in your home for FREE. Simply call 0300 303 0088 or visit essex-fire.gov.uk/book.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7650/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7650/ Wed, 06 Feb 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Firefighters rescue elderly man from house fire - Waveney Drive, An elderly man was rescued from his home by firefighters this morning after a fire started in his bedroom.

Crews were called to the semi-detached property after the man's son dialled 999 after being alerted by a smoke alarm within the house.

When crews entered the building, the entire upstairs was smoke logged. Firefighters rescued the man by 9.31am, before extinguishing the fire completely by 9.53am.

Nick Singleton, Watch Manager at Chelmsford Fire Station, said: "This incident shows the dangers of keeping combustible materials near to electrical appliances - particularly lights and heating sources.

"We believe that the heat from a bedside light has caused some tissues to ignite. Our advice is to keep areas where electrical items are powered on or charging clear of anything which may catch fire.

"Fortunately, the professionalism of our firefighters have prevented this from becoming a much more serious incident. I have absolutely no doubt that their quick-thinking actions have saved this man's life."

The upstairs of the property has been affected by smoke damage. The man was taken to hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7649/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7649/ Tue, 05 Feb 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Car fire, M25 - M25, Waltham Abbey Firefighters were called to reports of a car fire on the M25 this morning.

On arrival crews confirmed that one van was completely on fire on the westbound carriageway near to junction 26 (Waltham Abbey).

Crews worked alongside the Highways Agency to ensure traffic was managed safely while firefighting took place.

The fire was extinguished by 7.41am.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7648/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7648/ Mon, 04 Feb 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Fatal light aircraft collision - Bells Road, Belchamp Walter A man has sadly died following an incident involving a light aircraft earlier today.

Firefighters were called to assist at the scene and reported on arrival that the aircraft, which landed in an arable field, was alight.

The fire was extinguished by 12.49pm.

 

Statement from Essex Police:

"We were called to reports of a light aircraft in distress at Belchamp Walter just before 11.50am on February 3.


"Officers attended and, sadly, a man aged in his 50s was pronounced dead at the scene.


"His next of kin have been informed.


"We will be maintaining a presence at the scene over the coming days to assist the Air Accidents Investigation Branch in their enquiries."
 

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7647/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7647/ Sun, 03 Feb 2019 09:00:00 GMT