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  • 18/10/2021

    Paying tribute to Sir David Amess MP

    Rick Hylton, Acting Chief Fire Officer, said: "Today we have paid tribute to Sir David Amess MP, following his tragic death on Friday. "Joining in a national silence we recognise that Sir David gave almost 40 years of service to the people of Essex and was a strong supporter of fire ...

  • 11/10/2021

    Fire Service encourages residents to use LED candles

    Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging Essex residents to swap wax candles for LED candles to help minimise the risk of candle fires as the weather gets colder and darker. During the colder months, the Service often sees a rise in house fires, often caused by ...

  • 08/10/2021

    Our Fleet Services team have been named Employer of the Year!

    Congratulations to our Fleet Services team who have be named Employer of the Year in a national awards. Matthew Parsons, Assistant Engineering Manager, and Ray Thomas, Workshop Manager, received the trophy on behalf of the team at the Society of Operations Engineers' Safety and ...

  • 04/10/2021

    Fire Service calls on residents to act quickly when hearing smoke alarms

    Essex County Fire and Rescue Service would like to thank residents across the county for acting quickly when hearing their neighbours’ smoke alarms going off over the weekend. On Saturday evening alone, the Service was called to six incidents where smoke alarms alerted neighbours to a fire ...

  • 30/09/2021

    Protect your home even while you're not in - test your smoke alarm regularly

    Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people that smoke alarms need regular testing in order to keep them and their home safe. During October, ECFRS will be encouraging Essex residents to make sure they have enough smoke alarms in the home and that, just as importantly, they ...

  • 28/09/2021

    Fire Service gives safety advice to help reduce autumn and winter fires

    Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is giving home fire safety advice to help residents stay safe this autumn and winter. During the colder months, the Service often sees a rise in house fires, often caused by chimneys, candles and families being at home more. Will Newman, Head of Prevention ...

  • 27/09/2021

    "Dyslexia didn't hold me back" Firefighter shares his story for Inclusion Week

    A firefighter with dyslexia has shared his story as part of a national week celebrating inclusion. On-call Firefighter Bradley Valentine, from Great Baddow Fire Station, has been an on-call firefighter for a year and a half, balancing the role alongside his family life and a full time ...

  • 27/09/2021

    Fire service issues safety advice for storing fuel

    Essex residents are being urged not to hoard petrol and to store any containers they do have safely and securely. Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has issued a safety warning following reports that motorists are filling jerry cans and other containers as well as their fuel tanks. The ...

  • 21/09/2021

    Weeley firefighter raises £2,000 for local girl

    On-call Firefighter Jon Turner from Weeley Fire Station has raised £2,000 for a local girl following a 24 hour walk from London to Brighton on 11 September. Wearing a Breathing Apparatus set - which weighs around 15kg - Jon walked 100 kilometres over a 24 hour period from London to ...

  • 19/09/2021

    Fire Service urges public not to enter water to rescue someone

    Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is urging members of the public to call 999 if they see someone in distress in the water instead of entering the water themselves. Earlier this month, two 12-year-old girls were stuck in the mud at Thorney Bay beach in Canvey and a man who went to help them ...

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