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, 19 Jun 201817:04:00 GMT Road traffic collision - elderly lady trapped - Belmont Avenue, Firefighters assisted at the scene of a road traffic collision this evening.

On arrival, crews reported that one elderly lady was trapped in her vehicle following the incident, which involved one other vehicle.

Firefighters worked to stabilise the vehicle before freeing the lady by 6.01pm.

She was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7342/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7342/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:04:00 GMT
Two people escape house fire after being alerted by smoke alarms - Two people escaped a house fire unharmed this morning after being alerted by smoke alarms.

Firefighters reported on arrival at the property that much of the home's living and dining room areas were alight and the home was completely smoke logged.

Both occupants had safely exited the property after smoke alarms on both floors of the home had actuated.

Crews were able to extinguish the fire by 3.17am and used positive pressure ventilation fans to clear the smoke as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, due to the extent of the smoke created by the fire, the house has been left uninhabitable.

Gareth Critch, Watch Manager at Basildon Fire Station, said: "This incident proves once again how important it is to have a working smoke alarm in your home. This fire could have been much more serious for these two people had they not been awoken by the alarms - but they both got out unharmed, as quickly as possible.

"We believe this fire was caused by unattended candles and was therefore avoidable. If you're going to burn candles inside your home, please ensure you put them out completely at night - they can easily fall over and ignite nearby objects if left unattended."

Not got smoke alarms in your home?

We want every home in Essex to be protected by 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 at essex-fire.gov.uk/book or by calling 0300 303 0088.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7341/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7341/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:04:00 GMT
Firefighters rescue man from flat fire - Ranger Walk, Colchester Firefighters rescued a man from a fire in a ground floor flat in the early hours of this morning.

Crews reported on arrival that a fire was burning in the property's kitchen and a man in his forties was still inside.

Firefighters gained entry into the property and helped the man from the flat, before extinguishing the fire by 2.37am. Crews worked hard to restrict damage to the kitchen.

The fire was caused after cooking was left unattended when the man fell asleep.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7340/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7340/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:04:00 GMT
Funding for local good causes on offer, courtesy of Colchester Fire Following a successful Fireswim held at Colchester Leisure World last October, organisers are looking for local organisations which could benefit from funding.

Colchester Fire Swim has been running for more than three decades, with more than half a million pounds being raised for good causes during that time.

50% of the money raised each year is donated to the Firefighters’ Charity, while a committee will then choose a variety of local causes to benefit with the remaining funds.

Jeremy Tuckwell, event organiser and Chair of Colchester Fire Swim, said: “The event was a success and thousands of pounds has been raised, but we now need to make sure we collect the last of the sponsorship money.

"We also want to hear from local charities who think they could benefit from funding.

“Funding applications are open until 1 July so if you are part of a local group who could benefit, let us know what you plan to use the money for.”

Teams with outstanding sponsorship should pay into the bank using the paying in slip supplied at the event.

To apply for funding, email fireswim31@btinternet.com or write to Colchester Fire Swim, Colchester Fire Station, Cowdray Ave, Colchester, C01 1XT.

This year's event will take place on 6 October 2018 - if you would like to enter, please email fireswim31@btinternet.com

 

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Funding_for_local_good_causes_on_offer_courtesy_of_Colchester_Fire_Swim/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Funding_for_local_good_causes_on_offer_courtesy_of_Colchester_Fire_Swim/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Shed ignites after sunlight reflects from mirror - Back Lane, Stisted Firefighters were called to reports of a fire involving an outbuilding this afternoon after a neighbour noticed smoke.

Crews reported on arrival that the building, which measures around 10 metres by six metres and is positioned close to a two-storey home, was completely alight.

The fire had also spread to an adjacent fence - approximately six metres of which was alight.

Firefighters worked hard to restrict damage to the nearby property and were able to extinguish the fire completely by 1.40pm. The shed has been badly damaged.

The fire was caused after a mirror, which had been left in direct sunlight, reflected heat onto the shed's awning and caused it to ignite.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7339/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7339/ Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - vehicle hits shop front - Southchurch Road, Firefighters assisted at the scene of a road traffic collision this afternoon.

On arrival, crews reported that one vehicle had collided with a shop front, which had partially collapsed - leaving two people trapped inside the vehicle.

Firefighters worked hard to make the scene safe as quickly as possible and released both people by 3.22pm.

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7338/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7338/ Sun, 17 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Fire in collapsed outbuilding - Central Wall Road, Canvey Island Firefighters were called to reports of a fire this morning involving an outbuilding.

Crews advised on arrival that the outbuilding, which is partly wood structure and measures around three metres by five metres, had collapsed following a small explosion.

Firefighters extinguished the fire completely by 11:30am and proceeded to use thermal imaging cameras to ensure that there were no remaining hotspots within the structure.

The outbuilding, which is used as an arts and crafts studio, has been destroyed.

An elderly lady was left in the care of the Ambulance Service after suffering from burns.

A fire investigation found that the fire was caused accidentally.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7337/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7337/ Sun, 17 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision involving three vehicles - St Osyth Road, Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision involvinfg three vehicles.

One female was trapped in the vehicle.

Fire crews worked with paramedics to help release the casualty from the vehicle.

The casualty was released from the vehicle at 12:15pm and left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7336/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7336/ Fri, 15 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Car overturned - one casualty trapped - Lordship Road, Chelmsford Firefighters were called to assist the Ambulance Service at the scene of a road traffic collision involving a car which had overturned.

Fire crews helped to stablise the car and used specialist cutting equipment to help paramedics release one casualty from the vehicle.

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

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7335/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7335/ Fri, 15 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Large barn fire - PHOTO - Robinhood End, Toppesfield Firefighters were called to a large barn of fire at a farm in Toppesfield this afternoon (Thursday 14 June).

In total, six fire engines and one water bower were requested to help tackle the fire.

The barn, which measured approximately 20m x 30m, was full of hay and a number of cylinders.

Due to the remote location of the incident, a water bowser (a specialist fire vehicle with a large tank of water) was requested so the firefighters could have a good supply of water to extinguish the fire.

At 7pm, the fire crews reported the fire was under control and only 30% of the building was still on fire.

At 8pm the incident was scaled down to four fire engines. Crews are making steady progress extinguishing the fire.

Due to the large amount of hay involved in the fire, crews monitored the fire carefully and protected the surrounding risks so the fire would not spread. The fire continued to burn out under the watch of one crew who stayed on site overnight.

Update 8am - It is expected that one fire crew will be needed to monitor the fire for the rest of the day so it can be monitored while it burns itself out.

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7334/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7334/ Thu, 14 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Collapsed horse rescued by firefighters - Claverhambury Road, Waltham Firefighters have rescued a shire horse after it collapsed on it's owners driveway and couldn't get up.

Fire crews used equipment from the Service's Animal Rescue Unit to put around the horse and lift it up. They then worked with the owner and vet to ensure the horse was stable before releasing the horse from the lifting equipment.

The crew managed to up-right the horse by 9:30am, and left it in the care of it's owner and vet. The horse was fortunately not injured by the incident.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7333/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7333/ Wed, 13 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Kitchen fire - neighbour raises the alarm - Nelson Place, Chelmsford Firefighters were called to a fire in Chelmsford last night (Tuesday 12 June) after a neighbour heard a smoke alarm sounding in the property and saw smoke through the letter box.

When fire crews arrived they immediately entered the property and found a man overcome with smoke inhalation. They helped him outside and left him in the care of the Ambulance Service.

The cause of the fire was found to be cooking left in the oven which had caught fire and caused a lot of smoke. The property has suffered smoke damage.

Incidents like these show how important it is to have a working smoke alarm. The working smoke alarm at this incident most certainly saved this man's life.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service want 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 arrange your home safety visit, or if you know anyone who would benefit from a visit, please call us: 0300 303 0088 or go to our website: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

More than half of accidental fires at home are started in the kitchen - here is our advice to stay safe in your kitchen:

  • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk

  • Do not even attempt to cook if you have been drinking

  • Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob.  Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach to keep them safe

  • Make sure saucepan handles don’t stick out – so they don’t get knocked off the stove

  • Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – this can easily catch fire

  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob

  • Double check the cooker is off when you’ve finished cooking

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7332/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7332/ Tue, 12 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Hot tub on fire - Church Street, Colne Engaine Firefighters were called to a fire involving a hot tub on fire in a garden in Colne Engaine early this morning (Tuesday 12 June).

When fire crews arrived, they reported that the fire was quickly spreading along the decking to the house.

Firefighters worked hard to stop the fire from spreading to the house.

Smoke from the fire spread to the house, so firefighters used a large fan to clear the smoke from the property.

The cause of the fire was found to be an fault with the hot tub.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7331/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7331/ Tue, 12 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Garage fire - Little Bardfield Road, Little Bardfield Firefighters were called to a garage fire in Little Barfield this afternoon (Monday 11 June) after a neighbour saw smoke and called 999.

When fire crews arrived they reported that the large two storey double garage and three vehicles were completely alight. Crews took extra care to protect nearby heating oil tanks by cooling them with water.

Fire crews worked hard to extinguish the fire and managed to stop it spreading to a nearby thatched barn. The fire was extinguished the fire by 3:55pm.

The cause of the fire was found to be a fridge freezer inside the garage. The garage and three cars have been completely destroyed.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7330/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7330/ Mon, 11 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Garage fire spread to thatched cottage - Stevens Lane, Felsted Firefighters were called to a fire involving a garage and thatched cottage in Felsted this afternoon (Monday 11 June).

When crews arrived they reported that the garage was completely alight and the fire had spread to the cottage's thatched roof.

The first fire crews on scene quickly got to work removing the thatch from the roof to stop the fire spreading to the whole property. Thanks to the hard work of the firefighters, the fire only affected 10% of the roof.

The fire was extinguished at 2:50pm. The garage has been completely destroyed.

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

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7329/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7329/ Mon, 11 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMT
House fire - smoke alarm alerts neighbour - Stock Road, Billericay Firefighters were called to a house fire in Billericay this afternoon (Monday 11 June).

The first crew to arrived was a fire engine from Great Baddow as they had been doing a fire safety visit one mile away from the property. When they got to the house they could see smoke coming from the upstairs and roof area and so immediately entered the property wearing breathing apparatus and quickly worked to extinguish the fire.

The fire was quickly extinguished by 1pm and crews worked to ensure all remaining hot spots were cooled.

The fire started in the upstairs bedroom which was being used as a home office. The fire is thought to have been started by electrics. The first floor of the property has been smoke damaged and the room the fire started in, and its contents, have been badly damaged.

No one was home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered by the next door neighbour who heard the property's working smoke alarm sounding.

Incident like these show how important it is to have working smoke alarms in your home. Smoke alarms give you an early warning of a fire, so you have time to get out, stay out and call the fire service out.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service provide FREE smoke alarms to anyone living in Essex. To arrange a home safety visit call: 0300 303 0088 or book online: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7328/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7328/ Mon, 11 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Deliberate fire - The Manorway, Corringham Firefighters were called to a port-a-cabin and bushes alight in Corringham last night (Sunday 10 June).

Fire crews managed to quickly extinguish the fire and stop is from spreading. The cabin was destroyed and the fence was damaged.

The fire is thought to have been started deliberately.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7327/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7327/ Sun, 10 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - three vehicles - London Road, Benfleet Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision involving two cars and one van.

Fire crews worked with paramedics to help release two casualties trapped in the vehicles.

The casualties were relases by 11:30am and left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7325/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7325/ Wed, 06 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Community Speed Watch Volunteers Volunteers carried out a total of 1343 Community Speed Watch sessions across Essex last year.

More than 500 volunteers working across 90 registered Community Speed Watch groups gave up their spare time to work alongside the Safer Essex Roads Partnership to help reduce speeding.
Last year, 4108 people were killed or injured on the county’s roads and speed was a major contributory factor.

Community Speed Watch is a national initiative that sees fully trained members of the public use speed detection devices to monitor vehicles travelling on roads with limits of 20, 30 and 40 miles per hour.

If a speed offence is detected, a letter is sent to the registered keeper of the vehicle with the aim of educating them to reduce their speed and stick to speed limits. Repeat offenders or those who are well over the speed limit are highlighted to Essex Police’s Casualty Reduction Team and could face prosecution.

Last year 15,290 letters were sent to Essex residents, 125 new volunteers were trained and 133 new sites were approved as locations for Community Speed Watch sessions.

In November 2016, Essex Police and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) began jointly managing the scheme. The arrangement is just one of the ways emergency services are working together to provide the best service to the people of Essex.

Chief Supt Carl O’Malley, programme lead for collaboration between Essex Police and ECFRS, said: “This a great practical example of day to day collaboration between emergency services. Essex Police had a number of volunteers providing speed watch coverage across the county and ECFRS were able to manage the administration of these committed and dedicated members of the public in order to achieve a more effective and efficient way of delivering road safety.”

Community Speed Watch is always on the lookout for volunteers.

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, has been a Community Speed Watch Volunteer in Brentwood for six years. He said: “I am passionate about improving safety on our roads.  Volunteering for Community Speed Watch is a great way of making a real difference in your own communities. The information we can pick up and give to the police to deter people from bad driving really does help.

“Bad driving – speeding, using a mobile phone, drink and drug driving – kills people and wrecks families and lives. If you want to try and help stop that from happening in your community, join Community Speed Watch.”

Andrea MacAlister, Volunteer Manager at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Community Speed Watch is a great way for the local community to support the countywide effort to make Essex Roads Safer.

“Speeding not only increases the risk of serious injury and fatalities on our roads but is one of the most common concerns in communities.”

“Our Community Speed Watch volunteers do a fantastic job raising awareness of the issue and educating drivers; we are very grateful for their efforts. It is only right that we celebrate their successes during National Volunteers’ Week.”

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, please email community.speedwatch@essex-fire.gov.uk

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Community_Speed_Watch_Volunteers/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Community_Speed_Watch_Volunteers/ Wed, 06 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Barge fire - Roydon Marina, Roydon Crews were called to reports of a barge on fire. 

On arrival firefighters reported that that barge was 100% alight and close to sinking. 

Despite difficult access, crews worked with partners to access the barge and tackle the fire. 

At 8.10pm firefighters confirmed that the fire was out and the barge had sunk.

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

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7324/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7324/ Tue, 05 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMT