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. Tue, 24 Oct 201700:01:00 GMT Fire in large storage outbuilding - Wiggins Lane, Billericay Firefighters were called to a fire in a large commercial outbuilding measuring approximately 20m x 40m.

The building is thought to be used for storage and also contained a car, and possibily cylinders and fuel.

When fire crews arrived they found the building was completely on fire. Additional fire engnes were requested (six in total) plus a Water Bowser (a large tanker containing water) as there was a poor water supply near the incident.

At 2pm the officer in charge reported the fire was under control.

*This incident is on-going. More details will be added here shortly*.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6916/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6916/ Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:01:00 GMT
Wooden outbuildings alight - Mistley End, Basildon Firefighters extiguished a fire involving a number of wooden outbuildings at the rear of a property in Mistley End, Basildon.

The buildings measured approximately 10m x 15m. Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire within10 minutes.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6915/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6915/ Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 GMT
Essex business owner prosecuted for fire safety breaches Essex business owner Razvan Boca has been prosecuted and fined for fire safety breaches.

Mr Boca of the Zani Restaurant in Tilbury was prosecuted for failure to comply with the requirements of a Prohibition Notice issued under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The Prohibition Notice banned the use of the upper floors of the restaurant being used for sleeping or resting due to no effectively escape route.

However in May 2016, a person was discovered sleeping in the premises and despite the Notice being given, more evidence was found a week later that people were still sleeping there.

Head of Technical Fire Safety at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, Mark Earwicker, said:

“It’s unbelievable that Mr Boca would put the safety of these people at risk.

“In spite of our warnings and prohibition notice, Mr Boca continued to rent out the space above his restaurant for people to sleep.

“We do everything we can do advise and support businesses with fire safety, but we will not hesitate to prosecute if our advice is ignored.
 
Mr Boca was given a two month prison sentence for each count, suspended for two years to run concurrently and fined £1,000. Costs were also awarded to Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. Mr Boca was also ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge.

If you are a business owner and need help with fire safety, go to our website here: http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Business_Safety/

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Live or work in Great Baddow? Great Baddow Fire Station is on the look-out for new on-call firefighters, who are a vital part of today's fire and rescue service.

The call comes as part of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s countywide on-call firefighter recruitment campaign.

Last year ECFRS held a public consultation which outlined that Great Baddow Fire Station would change from day-crewed to on-call.

This means instead of having firefighters in the fire station during the day Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm, firefighters will respond to incidents when alerted by a pager, just as they already do in Great Baddow between 6pm – 9am on weekdays and the at weekends.

On-call firefighters have everyday lives and jobs, until their pager sounds; then they immediately make their way to the fire station. On-call firefighters are professional firefighters, on the front line, saving lives. They are paid employees and receive thorough training to enable them to respond to and deal with emergency situations.

To become an on-call firefighter you must live or work within five minutes of Great Baddow Fire Station, be over 18 and be physically fit, though support will be given to help you meet fitness requirements.

Simon Dedman, Station Manager at Great Baddow, said: “On-call recruitment can be difficult in commuter towns and smaller communities, because nowadays there are fewer people are around or working there during the day.

“On-call firefighters are a crucial part of local services and communities and the role is unpredictable, exciting and at the same time, extremely rewarding. I encourage anyone interested to apply.”

Great Baddow Fire Station is holding two recruitment sessions over the next month:

Saturday 28 October, 10am - 4pm, during the annual open day. Come along to see our demonstrations, get Halloween and bonfire safety advice, celebrate the station turning 50 and find out more about becoming an on-call firefighter while you’re there.

Saturday 18 November, 10am - 1pm, a dedicated recruitment drop in session. There's no need to book, just turn up on the day.

For more details call 01376 576698, email oncall.recruitment@essex-fire.gov.uk or visit www.essex-fire.gov.uk/greatbaddow

 

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Bungalow fire - accidentally started by building works - Birchwood A bungalow in Corringham has suffered extensive damage after a serious fire that started accidentally by builders working on the roof.

When firefighters arrived they reported the fire has spread to the whole roof and the whole house was on fire.

Firefighters tackled the fire, and managed to extinguish it by 2pm.

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6914/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6914/ Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Garage fire - Mount Avenue, Westcliff Firefighters were called to a fire in a garage in Westcliff.

The garage was attached to a detached house, which is currently unoccupied due to being renovated.

Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire quickly and stop the fire spreading to the house. The garage, it's contents and it's roof have been destroyed by the fire.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6913/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6913/ Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - one casualty - Waltham Road, Chelmsford Firefighters assisted at the scene of a road traffic collision involving two vehicles.

Fire crews assisted paramedics to release one caualty trapped in their vehicle.

The casualty was released by 7:45am and left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6911/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6911/ Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Wooden footpath set alight deliberately - St Edmunds Way, Great Dunmow Firefighters were called to a wooden footpath alight which was set alight deliberately.

Access to the incident was difficult, so fire crews requested an off-road vehicle (pinzgauer) and used back pack sprayers to use to extinguish the fire.

The fire affected approximately 15m of the path, but crews manged to stop the fire spreading any further by using a saw to separate the rest of the path.

Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire by 10:20pm. The cause of the fire was deliberate.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6912/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6912/ Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Firefighting Sexism in Essex Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) is publically supporting London Fire Brigade’s campaign to ask people to stop using the outdated term ‘fireman’.

The campaign, which uses social media to spread the hashtag #firefightingsexism, asks people to use the term ‘firefighter’, after research revealed that many women think firefighting is only for men because of unrealistic perceptions.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton launched the campaign on Monday (16 October) and said that the term ‘fireman’ was a term that they had stopped using in the 1980s.

The Commissioner said: “I want to shake off outdated language which we know is stopping young girls and women from considering this rewarding and professional career. We owe it to tomorrow’s firefighters to challenge negative stereotypes today.”

The issue is just as relevant to the Essex community and ECFRS backing the campaign by publishing personal messages of support from its employees.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service's Chief Fire Officer, Adam Eckley, said: "The role of a modern day firefighter differs from outdated stereotypes which can put women off applying for the role or not even consider it in the first place.

"We value the contribution of all of our employees equally and strive to create an inclusive and non-judgemental environment. When you say ‘fireman’ instead of 'firefighter' you are ignoring some of our team - both our female and male firefighters work as one team to deliver a safer Service and a safer Essex.

"A simple change of language can make all the difference to challenging stereotypes and opening up opportunities to our community."

If you would like to show your support to the campaign you can join in the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #FirefightingSexism

 

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Road traffic collision - one casualty - Maypole Road, Tiptree Firefighters assisted at the scene of a road traffic collision involving two vehicles.

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

The casualty was released by 6:30pm and left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6910/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6910/ Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Harlow resident led to safety from smoke filled home - Gladwin Way, A Harlow resident has had a lucky escape thanks to their neighbour who spotted smoke in their home and called 999.

The neighbour told our Control operators that there was someone inside, so firefighters immediately entered the house and quickly found the occupant who had fallen asleep. Firefighters woken the occupant and led them outside to safety.

Fire crews then ventilated the property to clear the smoke.

Sub Officer Marc Lemon, Harlow Fire Station, said:

"We were told that someone was inside the property so we immediately ran into the house and found the occupant fast asleep. The smoke alarm was beeping, but the occupant was intoxicated with alcohol and did'nt hear it. We woke them up and led them outside to safety.

"Thankfully the neighbour spotted the smoke when they did and called us. The resident had a very lucky escape. The smoke wasnt too bad when we got there, but it would have got alot worse and possibly started a more serious fire.

"Incidents like this show how important it is to take extra care in the kitchen. More house fire start in the kitchen than any other room in the house. Our main message is to not cook if you have been drinking. It's much safer to get a takeaway or have something already prepared."

Read more kitchen fire safety advice.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6909/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6909/ Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Happy Safe Diwali Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is urging everyone celebrating Diwali this week to take extra care.

Diwali – known as the Festival of Lights – is a five day celebration that starts today (19 October).

The light signifies goodness therefore various lamps are burnt throughout the day and into the night to ward off darkness and evil.

Lee Lucas, Head of Community Safety, said: “We want everyone to have an enjoyable Diwali and stay safe at the same time. Candles, oil lamps and fireworks all pose serious fire risks, but by following our simple safety tips you can keep your family and home as safe as possible."

Fire Safety Advice

  • Make sure all candles and Divas are in a safe and secure holder and that all tea candles are placed on a heat resistant surface.
  • Keep candles and Divas away from soft furnishings, including curtains, and out of the reach of young children.
  • Special care should be taken with home made decorated candles and Diva lamps to ensure that the flame does not come into contact with anything which could catch light. Long hair and clothing (especially saris, chunris/chunis and dupattas) are also very flammable.
  • Candles should not be left unattended at any time, care should be taken when retiring to bed or while attending the Gurdwara (temple for Diwali prayers).
  • Ensure that all fireworks meet British safety standards, store them in a metal box, read the instructions, never go back to a lit firework and keep a bucket of water nearby.
  • If cooking during the festival do not leave cooking unattended.
  • If a fire does break out follow the simple rule to get everyone out, stay out and call the fire service out(dial 999).
  • Smoke alarms are without doubt the most important piece of equipment in any home. 

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will visit your home, carry out a safety check, give you all the advice you need and fit smoke alarms entirely FREE of charge.

To book a home fire safety visit call us on 0300 303 0088 or contact us online here.

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Road traffic collision - one casualty - Wycke Hill. Maldon Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision involving two vehicles near the roundabout with the A414.

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

The casualty was released by 3:30pm and left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6906/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6906/ Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Five beach huts damaged by fire - Pier Approach, Walton on the Naze Three beach huts have been destroyed and two others have been badly damaged following a fire in Walton last night (Monday 16 October).

Two fire crews managed to extinguish the fire within 20 minutes, and then made sure the scene was left fully cooled and safe before they left.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6905/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6905/ Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - one person trapped - Kent Road, Grays Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision this evening.

On arrival, fire crews reported that one person was trapped in their vehicle. No other vehicles were involved in the incident.

Firefighters freed the casualty by 8.15pm.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6904/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6904/ Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - three vehicles - Valley Hill, Loughton Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision this morning.

On arrival, crews reported that three vehicles had been involved in the incident and one person was trapped.

Firefighters freed the person from their vehicle by 1.16am, before leaving them in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6902/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6902/ Sat, 14 Oct 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Fire in high-rise building - New Road, Grays Firefighters were called to a fire within a high-rise building this morning.

On arrival, fire crews reported a fire within an eighth floor flat.

The building's stay put policy was immediately implemented and firefighters worked hard to contain the fire to the flat's bedroom.

Crews extinguished the fire by 9.55am, before clearing the property of smoke using Positive Pressure Ventilation (PPV) fans.

Much of the bedroom has been fire damaged, while the rest of the flat has also been damaged by smoke and heat. The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental.

One person suffered from smoke inhalation and was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

 

 

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6901/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6901/ Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Fire in bungalow - smoke alarm alerts occupant - Wood Road, Heybridge Firefighters responded to a fire within a bungalow this morning after a smoke alarm alerted the occupant.

On arrival, crews reported a fire within the lounge area spanning around five square metres and that the rest of the building was filled with smoke.

Firefighters extinguished the fire by 9.54am.

The fire was caused by a faulty gas boiler and left most of the lounge destroyed, while the rest of the property suffered from smoke damage.

The tenant has been temporarily rendered homeless, but was able to safely evacuate the building after being alerted by the alarm.

 

We want every home in Essex to have the excellent protection of smoke alarms - and we will fit them in your home completely free of charge. To arrange a free home fire safety visit, call 0300 303 0088 or email webmaster@essex-fire.gov.uk.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6900/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6900/ Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Fire within flat - High Street, Canvey Island Firefighters were alerted to a fire in a first floor flat this morning.

On arrival crews reported that the fire, which had started within the premises, had spread to the external part of the building.

Firefighters isolated the fire to the roof area of the flat, which is situated above a shop, by 12.41pm before using thermal imaging cameras to identify remaining hotspots.

By 1.20pm, crews had extinguished the fire completely and remained at the scene until around 2pm to ensure there was no risk of reignition.

The fire was caused by a faulty toaster and has completely destroyed the flat's kitchen, while the living area has also been affected by smoke damage.

 

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6898/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i6898/ Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Fire Fighters Charity boosts mental health support with new role The Fire Fighters Charity has today confirmed its commitment to supporting the mental health of the fire community with the recruitment of a new role to bolster its psychological support services.
 
Now advertising for a new Psychological Services Lead, the Charity aims to strengthen its team of psychological therapists – based at three centres across the UK – with the recruitment of an experienced professional to drive its mental health work forward.
 
Dr Jill Tolfrey, Chief Executive of The Fire Fighters Charity, said of the new role: “At the launch of our new three-year Strategic Plan in April this year we said that bolstering our mental health support was one of our top priorities. The person who we recruit to this position will therefore play a vital role in ensuring that we meet the mental health needs of our community effectively and efficiently into the future.
 
“As we demonstrated through our recent mental health awareness campaign – in which we featured the story of firefighter Roger Moore from Coventry, who lives with PTSD – the often traumatic nature of incidents responded to by the fire and rescue service can have a deep psychological impact on those involved, whether working as a frontline firefighter, or as a member of support or control staff, as well as on their families.
 
“As today is World Mental Health Day, what better day is there to begin the recruitment of such an important role for us? It is also, of course, a timely opportunity to remind everyone across the fire community that we are here for them if they are experiencing poor mental health. I’d therefore like to remind everyone that our Services Access Line is open throughout the week on 0800 3898820. So, if you are struggling, please call us.”
 
To find out more about The Fire Fighters Charity Psychological Services Lead, please visit www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/vacancies for the full details.
 
To find out more about The Fire Fighters Charity’s recent mental health awareness campaign and to watch our campaign video with Roger Moore, visit www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/roger


Facebook: www.facebook.com/thefirefighterscharity
Twitter:  @firefighters999

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