Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Fire dogs make their virtual debut for special school

Pupils at a special school near Colchester were given the opportunity to see Essex’s first Fire Investigation Dog in action this week, despite current Covid-19 restrictions.

On Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 October Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) live streamed interactive lessons through to Market Field School in Elmstead Market, giving the pupils the chance to engage through a big screen from the safety of their own classroom.

The session started with Service Dog Handler Service Dog Handler Graham Currie giving a practical demonstration with Search and Rescue dog Jarvis and Fire Investigation dog Fizz before both him and Watch Manager Dave Bond talked about fire safety and careers in the fire service. 

Watch Manager Dave Bond said:

“Seeing how engaged the pupils were was really inspiring - we had a lot of questions ranging from the different incidents we go to and animal rescues to our fire engines and of course, our fire dogs.

“It’s important we continue to interact as much as we can with members of the public and schools, even in these difficult times. Advances in technology and ECFRS’s commitment to embracing new ways of doing things allow us to continue to deliver our key safety messages and community engagement in new, but just as effective ways”.

The interactive classroom sessions are just one of the many ways ECFRS is adapting the way it delivers essential services. 

For more information about ECFRS and coronavirus, including a link to a newly designed Education Hub, visit

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