Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Fire service works with local organisations to reach vulnerable people

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has worked with 12 Essex partners and charities to distribute fire safety advice to 1500 vulnerable people in Essex. 

The Service produced specific home fire safety leaflets for people shielding at home, designed to reduce the risk of a fire in the home. 

The work began earlier this month with a partnership with Colchester charity Community 360 to distribute the leaflets in the food and medicine deliveries of vulnerable people across the Colchester district.

The partnerships have now been extended county-wide, with 1500 people specifically targeted.

Andrea MacAlister said: “Working with a variety of Essex organisations means we’ve been able to reach more people who have already been identified as more vulnerable during this time. 

“We know people who live alone, people who have higher medical needs and people who spend more time at home are at a higher risk of having an accidental fire in their home. 

“Including targeted home fire safety advice to the people that most need it means we’re able to offer specific and relevant advice. 

“These fire safety leaflets are in addition to our safe and well visits, which were still offering to those who need them most.”

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