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Volunteers thanked for commitment during dedicated ceremony

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service held a dedicated event today (11 December) to thank its volunteers for their commitment to their communities.

Volunteers were invited to a ceremony at the Service Headquarters where they were presented with Certificates of Appreciation and thanked for giving their time to help make Essex a safer place to live, work and travel.

The Service has 46 volunteers who play a vital role in keeping our communities safe by carrying out home safety visits, supporting community safety events and helping to run the Service’s Fire Museum.

This year, volunteers in the Service have dedicated more than 4,500 hours of their time. They’ve supported more than 70 events across the county and carried out more than 1,700 home safety visits. They’ve enabled the Fire Museum to remain informative and entertaining to our public and this year held an Easter Open day which saw 2,000 visitors come through the doors.

Andrea MacAlister, Head of Community Safety said: “Your great generosity has had a profound and lasting impact on Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. Your willingness to share both your time and your talent by volunteering with us says a lot about each of you as human beings. Your willingness to give selflessly to help others speaks to both your strength and the quality of your character.

“When you volunteer, you are making a commitment to share that most precious of resources – your time – to make life safer for those who are in need. Your efforts make a tangible impact, of course, but perhaps it is the fact that you are willing to share your time and talent to lend a helping hand and to show kindness and caring that makes the greatest difference in the lives of the individuals who are touched by your generosity.”

If you want to become a volunteer with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, visit: join.essex-fire.gov.uk/jobs/volunteering/

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