Our Mission: To save and protect lives, property and the environment.
With a patch covering 367,000 hectares and a population of more than 1.74 million, Essex is one of the largest County fire services in the UK.
The county contains every conceivable risk - oil and gas terminals, a power station, two airports, docks, and arguably the country's busiest motorway, the M25 which runs through the heart of our ground.
That's why we continue to strive for operational excellence, doing more than we have ever done to keep Essex safe. With a modernisation agenda and a focus on providing an efficient, effective, value-for-money service, our efforts are firmly fixed on directing our resources in the areas where they can be best utilised.
As well as fighting fires, attending road accidents and dealing with major emergencies, we are being given new responsibilities for preventative community safety work. We take this responsibility seriously and have embarked on a number of innovative schemes to educate and protect those most vulnerable in our communities. We will be doing more.
We currently employ 890 wholetime and 466 retained firefighters, 46 control staff and 253 support staff.
Our 50 fire stations - 12 wholetime, 34 retained, 4 day crewed, plus one USAR station (Urban Search and Rescue) are sited to offer fire and rescue cover to every community within the county. If you want to find out where these are located, check out our 'station location' map.