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. Wed, 25 Apr 201801:54:00 GMT Flat fire - Carlton Avenue, Westcliff Crews were called to a flat after a neighbour noticed smoke coming from the property.

When firefighters arrived at the flat they reported that the fire was in the lounge and the property was completely smoke logged.

Firefighters extingished the fire by 2.40am.

The cause has been recorded as accidental, due to an electrical fault.

The flat has suffered 100% smoke damage and 50% fire damage in the lounge, and smoke damage throughout the rest of the property.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7261/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7261/ Wed, 25 Apr 2018 01:54:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - two male casualties - Baythorne End, Firefighters were called to a road traffic collision involving two vehicles.

On arrival firefighters reported that no one was trapped and assisted the Police in making the scene safe.

Two male casualties were left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7260/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7260/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 01:54:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - one person trapped - Southend Road, Hockley Firefighters were called to the scene of a road traffic collision involving two vehicles.

On arrival firefighters reported that one person was trapped and worked to release them by 4.15pm.

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

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7257/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7257/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 01:54:00 GMT
Woman suffers burns after outhouse fire - Harper Close, Grays Crews were called to a fire at a house in Harper Close, Grays, this afternoon.

On arrival firefighters reported that the fire, which had started in a wooden outhouse had spread to the garage and roof.

Firefighters extinguished the fire by 2.30pm.

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental.

One woman suffered burns and was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

Watch Manager Evan Jelliss said: "If you discover a fire in your home never attempt to tackle it yourself. Our message is clear - get out, stay out and call 999."

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7256/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7256/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 01:54:00 GMT
Unattended cooking causes flat fire - High Road, Vange Firefighters were called to a flat fire in Vange which had started after cooking was left unattended. 

The homeowners had left a pan boiling on the hob while they went out. The pan began to catch fire and fill the kitchen with smoke. Luckily, a neighbour heard the smoke alarm sounding and called 999.

When firefighters arrived they accessed the flat with a ladder and quickly entered the kitchen and removed the cooking from the hob. 

Thankfully the flat suffered minimal damage. 

Watch Manager Howard Midwood said:

"The homeowners were very lucky in the fact that their neighbour heard the smoke alarm and called us immediately, meaning we were able to stop the fire escalating. 

"This incident shows how important it is not only to have a working smoke alarm, but not to leave cooking unattended."

Smoke alarms save lives. They give you an early warning so you and your family have time to safely get out, stay out and call the fire service out.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge. To book your visit call 0300 303 0088 or book online here: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7258/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7258/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 01:54:00 GMT
Washing machine fire - Loxford, Basildon Crews were called to a fire in a house in Loxford. 

On arrival firefighters reported that the fire was already out, but had been caused by an electrical fault in the washing machine. 

Watch Manager Howard Midwood said:

"The homeowner was alerted to the fire by her working smoke alarm. As soon as she saw smoke coming from the washing machine she isolated the electricity, got out and called 999. This was absolutely the right thing to do.

We checked the washing machine was completely cool, moved it outside and made the house safe."

Smoke alarms save lives. They give you an early warning so you and your family have time to safely get out, stay out and call the fire service out.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge. To book your visit call 0300 303 0088 or book online here: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7259/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7259/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 01:54:00 GMT
On-call firefighter awarded Townsperson of the Year An on-call Epping firefighter who has given more than three decades of service to the town has been presented with Epping Town Council's Townsperson of the Year award.

Martyn Simmons joined Essex County Fire and Rescue Service in June 1983, aged 27, while working at the Bank of England in London.

He later changed career to become a qualified tree surgeon and gardening consultant. With his career change he was able to provide more cover for the fire service.  

Over the years he has attended numerous incidents, including house fires, the massive blaze which tore through shops and businesses in Epping High Street in 1990 and a major fire at a hangar on North Weald Airfield in 1996.

He was also among the crews called to the Leeds United football team air crash at Stansted in 1998 and the Korean Air crash at Great Hallingbury, near the airport, in 1999.

Mr Simmons was promoted to Leading Firefighter in 2002 and has qualified in various Essex County Fire and Rescue Service courses.

He has been awarded the Fire Service Long Service and Good Conduct Medal along with the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Epping Mayor councillor Tony Church said: "With over 34 years of service, Mr Simmons deserves to be recognised for his commitment to the Epping community which unless you notice his callout pager on his belt, would be just another person passing you by.

Mr Simmons, who received his award at the council's civic reception on Friday, was nominated by Epping Fire Watch Manager Derek Whitbread and Freeman of the Town and retired Epping firefighter John Batchelor.

Watch Manager Whitbread said: "As an officer at Epping, he continues to make himself available for the crew most night times and weekends where his role means he has to stay within the confines of the local area.

 "In some cases he has built his business so that many of his customers are local which then enables him to dedicate more time to the service.

"I feel Martyn is a credit to the team at Epping, the service as a whole and the local community.

"He has an exemplary record with the service and continues to support community initiatives and fundraising events organised on behalf of the fire service.

"To me, Martyn is what the Epping Citizen of the Year award is all about - dedication, loyalty and community service."

 

Words and pictures credit: everythingeppingforest.co.uk

Image caption: Townsperson of the Year Martyn Simmons with Freeman of Epping and retired firefighter John Batchelor (left) and Epping Fire Station Watch Manager Derek Whitbread who both nominated Mr Simmons for the award

 

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Be Water and Drowning Aware Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the National Fire Chiefs Council's (NFCC's) drowning prevention and water safety campaign 'Be Water Aware' which runs from 23rd - 29th April.

Drowning is one of the UK's leading causes of accidental death. Each year more than 300 people drown after tripping, falling or just by underestimating the risks associated with being near water. Many more people are left with life changing injuries in water related incidents.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will raise awareness of the risks so people can enjoy the water safely and not end up as one of these shocking statistics.

This Saturday (April 28th) firefighters across the county are teaming up with Asda supermarkets to spread safety information. Fire crews will be at stores in Harlow, Colchester, Clacton, Harwich, Tiptree with colleagues from the RNLI to help increase awareness of water safety.

Safety advice
• If you are going for a walk or run near water stick to proper pathways and stay clear of the waters edge
• Make sure conditions are safe, avoid walking or running near water in the dark, slippery or in bad weather
• If you've had alcohol don't enter the water, avoid walking alone and avoid routes near water
• Never enter the water to try and help a person or animal - always call 999 and use any water rescue equipment if it is available
• If you are spending time near water - whether at home or abroad make sure you are familiar with local safety information

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Be_Water_and_Drowning_Aware/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Be_Water_and_Drowning_Aware/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Bungalow completely destroyed by fire - London Road, Clacton-on-Sea Crews were called to a fire at a property in London Road, Clacton-on-Sea. 

On arrival firefighters reported that a bungalow was completely alight.

Firefighters tackled the fire externally, due to difficult access, and worked to extinguish it by 6.25pm.

Watch Manager Andy Marshall said: 

"The property had no working smoke alarms, and because the homeowner was not in at the time, the fire was not discovered until it had taken hold and already spread across the property. 

"The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental, and at this point we think it was due to an electrical fault with a recently purchased second hand fridge.

"Warm weather like today will have made this item work harder than usual, and a fault may then have caused it to catch fire.

"Whenever you buy any electrical item it is always important to be as sure as you can that it's in good working condition. 

"Regardless of the warranty, where you bought it, or when you bought it, it’s important you register your appliance - this way you can stay up to day on any safety messages or recalls.

"Electrical appliances can be registered by visiting www.registermyappliance.org.uk"

The property has been completely destroyed. 

Smoke alarms save lives. They give you an early warning so you and your family have time to safely get out, stay out and call the fire service out.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge. To book your visit call 0300 303 0088 or book online here: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7255/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7255/ Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:00:00 GMT
House fire - no working smoke alarms - Hall Close, Henham An Essex resident had a lucky escape this morning when a fire broke out in his house - but it went undetected until he went upstairs to bed and found the room full of smoke.

The property did not have any working smoke alarms, so the fire had time to take hold and leave the room severely fire damaged and the first floor of his home also suffered smoke damage.

When fire crews arrived they managed to stop the fire spreading to the rest of the house and managed to extinguish the fire by 00:50am.

Before firefighters left they fitted two new smoke alarms, one on each level of the home.

Smoke alarms save lives. They give you an early warning so you and your family have time to safely get out, stay out and call the fire service out.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge. To book your visit call 0300 303 0088 or book online here: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book.

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7252/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7252/ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - one casualty - A127, Laindon Firefighters were called to assist 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 9:15am and left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7251/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7251/ Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Commendations for life-saving teams Last month, a special presentation evening was held at Orsett Fire Station to celebrate and recognise the work of our staff, the East of England Ambulance Service and their Helimed crew at an unusual incident.

The incient occured back in February after a member of the public, Brian Abbott, suffered a cardiac arrest in the back of a car and was driven to the fire station forecourt.

Station Manager Marc Diggory said: “Brian had been travelling along the A13 with his friends Steve and Ray when he started to feel unwell and needed to stop driving and sit in the back of the car. His friends made the life-saving decision to turn off the A13 and head to the nearby Orsett Fire Station to get help as Brian’s condition started to deteriorate.

”The on-duty watch was out of the station at the time carrying out fire safety visits, so Ros Heapy, the station cleaner for 20 years, answered the door. What Ros found was like nothing Ros has ever had to deal with in her life – a man had suffered a cardiac arrest and stopped breathing and his distressed friends trying to get help.

Marc added: “Ros immediately raised the alarm and knowing the watch was out of the station, she rushed to a team of paramedics who were on a training course at the fire station and then began to comfort and reassure Brian’s friends.

”The paramedics began to work straightaway to try to save Brian’s life. Thankfully they managed to get him breathing again, but he was critically ill and transferred to Basildon Hospital’s Cardio-Thoracic Unit where three stents were used to unblock his arteries.

Marc concluded: “The teamwork of everyone involved on that day, their immediate and effective response, in conjunction with the rapid arrival of ambulance staff, saved Brian’s life.”

Certificates were presented that evening by the then Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley to Ros Heapy, our Service’s Breathing Apparatus Instructors – Watch Managers Toby Ingham, Geoff Hills and Simon Tarrent, the East of England Hazardous Area Response (HART) Team and the Ambulance Road Crew, Helimed-55 Crew and Brentwood Station Manager Phil Pidgeon.

Senior Paramedic James Samouelle said: “It was very humbling and an honour to meet Brian and his family and seeing how much our effort meant to them all. It is very satisfying to see the results that can be achieved when teams work well together and the difference we can make. “It was a case of the stars aligning in Brian’s favour that day. From his friend taking him to the fire station, to the HART Team being on site and the level of care and response they gave him, the additional support and care we were able to deliver and the skill and speed of the Cardiac Team at Basildon.”

Brian’s friend Ray said: “From the moment we arrived I witnessed all that is good with the NHS in action. I was amazed by the teamwork and organisation of the emergency services.”

Brian is making a speedy recovery with his rehabilitation, and we wish him well.

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Road traffic collision - one casualty - Cranes Farm Road, Basildon Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision involving one car and one van.

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

The casualty was released and left in the care of the Ambulance Service at 2:30pm.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7250/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7250/ Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - two people injured - Broad Street Green, Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision involving one vehicle which had left the roadway.

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

The casualties were left in the care of the Ambulance Service at 9.50am.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7249/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7249/ Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Dog rescued from swimming pool - Church Road, Corringham Firefighters were called to help rescue a dog who had fallen into an outside swimming pool and had got caught up in the pool cover.

Axel, the large Alsatian, had suffered a fit and was unable to use his back legs so was unable to get out himself.

Fire crews managed to pull the dog to safety and got it back onto dry land by 9:30am.

The dog was left in the care of its owners and vet.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7248/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7248/ Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Two teenagers sprayed with unknown substance - The Stow, Harlow Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of an incident in Harlow this evening (Saturday 14 April).

An unknown substance was sprayed into the face of two teenagers outside a pizza shop. The substance also affected a number of people nearby who were not directly involved in the incident. The people affected were left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

Specialist trained fire officers and the fire service's DIM Unit (Detection, Identification and Monitoring - equipment to help identify substances) were sent to the incident to assist.

*More information will be added here when available*.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7247/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7247/ Sat, 14 Apr 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - one casualty - The Street, Harlow Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision involving three vehicles.

Fire crews worked with paramedics to help release one person trapped in the vehicle.

The casualty was released by 11:10am and left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7246/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7246/ Sat, 14 Apr 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - car in brook - Brook Road, Benfleet Firefighters were called to the scene of a road traffic collision this afternoon.

On arrival, crews reported that a vehicle had left the roadway and was in a precarious position in a nearby brook, leaving the driver trapped.

Firefighters ensured the vehicle was stable and were able to free the man by 1.04pm, before leaving him in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7245/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7245/ Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Fire in agricultural building - Great Prestons Lane, Billericay Firefighters were called to reports of a fire in an agricultural building last night.

On arrival crews reported that around 15% of the building, which measures 10 metres by 20 metres, was alight.

Firefighters worked hard to contain the fire and were able to extinguish it completely by 11.22pm. Crews then remained at the scene to dampen down hotspots within the timberframe structure.

The building, which is used as a food smoking room, has been badly damaged.

The fire was caused by a fault in an electrical appliance and has been recorded as accidental.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7244/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7244/ Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:00:00 GMT
ECFRS team volunteer 528 hours for Duke of Edinburgh expedition Essex County Fire and Rescue Service's Community Development and Safeguarding team volunteered their time last weekend to take a group of Fire Cadets on an expedition to the Peak District.

The expedition, which forms part of the Fire Cadets’ Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award, saw a total of 38 young people head north to complete a range of activities.

Camping for two nights and completing three days of walking in the rural area – including more than 30 miles around Buxton– the group were supported by the team throughout.

In total, 11 members of ECFRS’ Community Development and Safeguarding team made the trip and in doing so gave up a combined 528 hours of their time.

Donna Finch, Martin Hills, Karl Amoss, Matt Hill, Peter Mountier, Dave Bond, Terry Myers, Graham Richardson, Dean Martin, Dan Hart and Michael Jakes were all integral in supporting the Fire Cadets’ activities; helping to teach them important life skills throughout the trip.

Donna Finch MBE, Chief Fire Officers’ Association National Licence Manager, says “I am extremely proud of all the Fire Cadets and the instructors for working so hard over the weekend.

“Their dedication and commitment is outstanding and their successful completion of the weekend is well deserved.  All members of this team volunteer their time to ensure they lead by example and act as role models to our Cadets.”

For more information about our Fire Cadets initiative, visit our website: http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Community_Development/Fire_Cadets/

 

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