Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Firefighters continue to work with Ambulance Service giving 4,700 hours

Nineteen Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) firefighters have worked alongside the East of England Ambulance Service to protect Essex residents during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In six weeks, the firefighters have worked 4,702 hours alongside paramedics to help the Ambulance Service respond to more than 2,350 emergency calls. 

The team has responded to emergency calls across the county and has attended a variety of medical emergencies including helping two baby boys to enter the world safely. 

The Fire Service’s partnership with the Ambulance Service has also seen ECFRS driving instructors train non-blue light driving to student paramedics, army personnel and Community First Responders, enabling 27 more drivers to help the Ambulance Service. 

The Service has also opened up some of its fire stations across the county for the Ambulance Service to use during their rest breaks. 

Jo Turton, Chief Fire Officer/ Chief Executive said:

“I am so proud of our colleagues working to support the East of England Ambulance Service, the work that they are doing is incredible and we’ve had nothing but fantastic feedback about the difference they are making. 

“I’m delighted that we can support the Ambulance Service and help Essex residents as much as possible during the pandemic.”  

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