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Essex County Fire and Rescue Service staff volunteer their time during pandemic

More than 90 ECFRS members of staff have offered their assistance during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Service has been overwhelmed with offers to help from its staff with 90 people offering to give their time during evenings and weekends.

The volunteers have offered their assistance to help move hospital beds and equipment between hospitals in Braintree, Brentwood and Thurrock to ensure community care provisions can continue.

While others have delivered food and medicine to people who are vulnerable and self-isolating. Two volunteers spent their bank holiday weekend delivering VE Day treats including jam and scones to people who were self isolating in Maldon.

Others have given up their Saturday mornings to litter pick at beaches so families can enjoy the county’s coastlines.

This is in addition to Service’s work with the East of England Ambulance Service Trust, with 19 on-call firefighters driving ambulances and the Service’s driving instructors training 27 student paramedics and army volunteers to drive ambulances.

Jo Turton, Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive said: “We’ve been overwhelmed with offers of support from our staff to help during the pandemic, and our existing volunteers have been going the extra mile to help others too. I am so proud of the varied and valuable work we do to make Essex a safe place to live, work and travel.”

If you would like to register your interest to volunteer with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service visit: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Volunteering/ 


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