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Virtual celebration held to thank Fire Service ambulance drivers and trainers

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service hosted a remote celebration earlier this week to thank on-call firefighters who worked as ambulance drivers during the peak of the pandemic and everyone else involved in the project.

In a partnership with the East of England Ambulance Service Trust, 19 on-call firefighters drove ambulances between 13 April and 8 July.

They gave 8,350 hours, responded to an estimated 4,175 calls and helped to make 696 ambulances available.

Three of the Service’s driver trainers, Paul Smith, Chris Faulkner and Tony Mead trained 27 students to become non-emergency ambulance drivers.

To recognise their efforts, and thank everyone involved in the project, Jo Turton, Chief Fire Officer/ Chief Executive and Rick Hylton, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, hosted a virtual celebration.

Jo Turton, Chief Fire Officer/ Chief Executive said: “As on-call firefighters you really did see the biggest change and challenge in your careers – to become ambulance drivers.

“Of course, there has been a massive contribution behind the scenes to make this partnership possible between our two emergency services and a big thank you to colleagues across our Service.”

Could you be an on-call firefighter?

On-call firefighters live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station and are paid to protect their community by responding to incidents when paged.

If you live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station, are over 18 and are physically fit, apply online to become an on-call firefighter: join.essex-fire.gov.uk 


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