04.08.2017 | Statement: Appointment of Chief Fire Officer
“Chairman of Essex Fire Authority, Anthony Hedley, is pleased to announce the appointment of Adam Eckley as Chief Fire Officer for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.
“Adam has been undertaking the role for the past three years and during that time has led the organisation through one of the most challenging periods in its history. He will play a pivotal role in the transition of the governance of the fire and rescue service to the Police and Crime Commissioner in the coming months, until his planned retirement in April 2018.”
Mr Eckley commented, “I am delighted to accept the post of Chief Fire Officer. It has been a privilege and honour to have led the Service over the last three years, and I am extremely proud of what has been achieved. In many respects, we have led the way for other Fire Services to follow, however our work is not finished.
“Looking ahead, I am committed to supporting a successful change in governance for the fire and rescue service in Essex. I plan to retire in 2018, and therefore in my discussions with the Chairman of Essex Fire Authority we have mutually agreed a fixed term contract that will end in April 2018. I look forward to the Police and Crime Commissioner taking over the governance of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service on 1st October and will be working with him directly thereafter on the appointment of my successor."
28.08.2017 | Statement re: Essex Police missing persons search
A spokesperson for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said:
“Essex Police requested the use of fire service thermal imaging equipment to assist them with a missing person incident.
“There has been a recent policy change within Essex fire service, where the search for missing persons is beyond the national role map for firefighters.
“However, this recent policy change was never intended to deny the use of our vehicles and equipment to assist with police incidents such as this. This misunderstanding has subsequently been remedied.”