Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Fire Service gives 225 smoke alarms to rural communities during lockdown

Keeping Essex’s most rural communities safe has been one of the priorities for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s Operational Community Risk Team (North) during the last lockdown.

Martin Hills, Operational and Community Risk Officer and Community Safety Officers Lisa Mitson, Steve Green and Roy Evans have targeted Gosfield, Birchanger, Great Wigborough and Little Wigborough with their safety messages.

They knocked on 786 doors and spoke to 452 residents. On average, 30% of homes did not have working smoke alarms. A total of 59% of residents were over-65 and 35% lived alone.

Martin Hills, Operational and Community Risk Officer said: “Due to the lockdown, more residents are at home so we have been able to speak to a larger number of people than normal.

“Our main objectives are to ensure as many residents as possible are safe from fire in their homes by having working smoke alarms, which is even more important in rural areas like these.”

The team issued 225 alarms to 133 homes.

Nick Singleton, Operational and Community Risk Manager, said: “In the last week the team has worked hard and engaged with 452 residents in rural hamlets in North Essex issuing 225 smoke alarms and advice, which will help keep those residents safe.”

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