Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


ERF thanks residents for their continued efforts to #StayAlertSaveLives

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Essex residents are being thanked for their continued great efforts to protect the NHS and slow the spread of the virus. 

Simple graphics are being used across social media to help remind people about the continued need for social distancing as well as thinking about others when considering visiting local beauty spots for exercise or going to the recycling centre.

The Essex Resilience Forum, a multi-agency partnership made up of local councils, emergency services, health providers, the voluntary sector, is working together to keep Essex as safe as possible.

Residents are urged to keep following the guidelines that we know are helping reduce the spread of the virus: 

  • Keep staying at home wherever possible
  • Keep working from home where you can
  • Keep 2 metres apart if you go out
  • Keep exercising safely
  • Keep washing your hands regularly with soap and water
  • Keep self-isolating if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
  • Keep travelling by car, bike or walking
  • Keep staying safe at work
  • Keep shielding yourself if you're vulnerable
  • Keep supporting local businesses
  • Keep looking out for each other

Essex Resilience Forum chair, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rick Hylton, said:
"On behalf of Essex Resilience Forum, I’d like to say thank you to all our residents who are continuing to do the right and safe thing, and for following the national guidance.  

"I am so proud of how our organisations are responding to this crisis and extremely heartened by the continued support that so many people are giving us by following these rules.

"We recognise that for many, this has been tough, but now, more than ever, it’s important that we stay alert and stay safe."

His co-chair Essex Police Chief Constable BJ Harrington, said:
"Frontline workers across the county have seen in the vast majority of cases that people across this great county have been sticking to all of the restrictions put in place by the government and I thank you all for that.

"I recognise how difficult it is, and my children would love to see their friends and grandparents, but I also know that this increases the risk to my family and your family.

"We have another Bank Holiday this weekend and we must both enjoy ourselves for our physical and mental wellbeing, but we must also remember how valuable our work has been to this point to protect the NHS and save lives."

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