Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


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  • 05/06/2020

    Firefighter celebrates 45 year milestone

    An Essex County Fire and Rescue Service on-call firefighter is celebrating 45 years’ in the Service this month. Watch Manager Derek Whitbread from Epping Fire Station is one of the Service’s longest ever serving on-call firefighters having begun his career with the Service in ...

  • 05/06/2020

    Firefighters help otterly cute Essex residents

    Colchester Zoo’s otters have had a helping hand from Essex firefighters while the Service was on site to discuss their emergency fire plans. The Service is known for its role to help Essex residents in times of need and has helped many animals throughout the years but this time, the job ...

  • 05/06/2020

    Pride Month - The meaning behind the LGBTQ+ flag

    This pride month, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is proudly sharing the LGBTQ+ flag and the Service’s LGBTQ+ support network chair has explained the meaning behind the flag. This year, ECFRS is sharing the Progress Flag during pride month which encompasses the rainbow as well as ...

  • 05/06/2020

    Volunteers fit smoke alarms in 1,500 Essex homes

    As part of Volunteers' Week 2020, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is spotlighting its volunteers. Essex County Fire and Rescue Service home fire safety volunteers helped to fit smoke alarms in 1,480 Essex homes between March 2019 and March 2020. The Service has 22 home fire safety ...

  • 04/06/2020

    Chelmer Valley temporary mortuary decommissioning

    The temporary mortuary at Chelmer Valley, outside Chelmsford is to be taken down. It was built in case there were more deaths during the coronavirus pandemic than hospitals and funeral directors in Essex, Southend and Thurrock could cope with. The Essex ...

  • 04/06/2020

    ThankyouThursday: Fire Cadet thanked for dedication

    We have 147 young people who volunteer their time with us as Fire Cadets in Clacton, Dovercourt, Harlow, Great Baddow, Orsett and Southend. In 2019, our Fire Cadets volunteered more than 570 hours to help in their local communities. The Fire Cadets give up their evenings and weekends and time ...

  • 04/06/2020

    ThankyouThursday: Resident thanks crews

    A grateful resident has praised our crews after a fire spread to six properties on her road. Firefighters from Basildon were called to a shed fire in the town’s Stirling Place on Monday (1 June) at 7.42pm. They found the fire had spread to the rear of six houses in Stirling Place and ...

  • 02/06/2020

    Essex County Fire and Rescue Service staff volunteer their time during pandemic

    More than 90 ECFRS members of staff have offered their assistance during the Covid-19 pandemic. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Service has been overwhelmed with offers to help from its staff with 90 people offering to give their time during evenings and weekends. The volunteers ...

  • 30/05/2020

    Wildfire advice for Essex as Met Office issues amber warning

    A 'very high' risk of wildfire is in place across Essex this weekend and into next week, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has warned. As public lockdown restrictions continue to be eased amid the coronavirus pandemic, residents have been warned to exercise extreme caution and take ...

  • 29/05/2020

    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 ...

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