Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Fire service visit rural communities to give fire safety advice

Keeping our most rural communities safe has been one of the priorities for our Operational Community Risk Team (north) during the current 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. 

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 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 knocked on a total of 783 doors, spoke to 452 residents and issued 225 alarms to 133 homes. 

Nick Singleton, Operational and Community Risk Manager, said: “Well done to my team. In the last week they have 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.” 

Over the coming weeks, the team will be in Fordham (24 November), Clavering (3 December), Steeple Bumstead (7 December) and Great Tey (15 and 16 December).

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