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  • 01/02/2022

    Turn off the heat, get out of the kitchen

    Do you cook with oil at home? February is Cooking Safety Month: a Fire Kills campaign which looks to reduce fires caused by cooking. As part of this campaign, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) is offering advice on how to stay safe when using oil to cook. According to government ...

  • 01/02/2022

    Celebrate Chinese New Year safely together

    With celebrations taking place from 1 February to mark the Chinese New Year, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is giving advice for Chinese communities across Essex to celebrate safely. While welcoming in the Year of the Tiger, it is important to take some simple precautions to ...

  • 20/01/2022

    South Woodham Ferrers pupil receives top award from Fire Service for bravery

    An eight-year-old girl from South Woodham Ferrers has been recognised with a top honour for her bravery during a kitchen fire. Meet Grace, South Woodham Ferrers’ newest Fire Safety Marshal who received an award for bravery. Grace, aged 8 from Elmwood Primary School in South Woodham ...

  • 17/01/2022

    Would you want to know if your household appliances were unsafe?

    Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) is urging residents to take advantage of a scheme that will let them know if electrical goods in their homes are found to be faulty. The call comes as parr of Register My Appliance Week and is championed by Watch Manager Paul Pemberton, who discovered ...

  • 01/01/2022

    New leadership at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

    Essex County Fire and Rescue Service starts 2022 with a new leadership team at the helm. Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive Rick Hylton and Deputy Chief Fire Officer Moira Bruin formally began their roles today (Saturday 1 January). Rick succeeds Jo Turton, who retired in December after ...

  • 31/12/2021

    Clacton firefighter raises more than £4,300 for mental health charity

    Crew Manager Scott Hepburn from Clacton Fire Station has been running three miles and braving the icy North Sea every day in December to raise awareness of mental health. He’s raised more than £4,300 for the mental health charity, MIND. Scott has been on a long, hard fight to ...

  • 30/12/2021

    Make Fire Safety your New Year's Resolution

    As we enter 2022, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents across the county to make sure they have working smoke alarms on every level of their home. In 2021, ECFRS attended 377 fires which were caused accidentally in homes across Essex. 30% of these incidents occurred in homes ...

  • 15/12/2021

    Protect your home from fire this Christmas

    Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is asking Essex residents to take extra care in the kitchen this year, after last December saw a rise in kitchen fires. Throughout December 2020, the Service was called on average to more than four house fires a day, and kitchen fires were found to ...

  • 10/12/2021

    Fire Service welcomes 8 new firefighters

    Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has welcomed eight wholetime firefighters during a dedicated ceremony. The Service’s new recruits were welcomed into the Service by Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rick Hylton and Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex Roger Hirst. Their Station ...

  • 09/12/2021

    Children of Essex, the fire service needs your best winter safety advice

    Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is calling on the children of Essex to give their best safety advice to help everyone stay safe during the winter months. The Service is holding a four-week competition for children across Essex to send in a poster, poem or a piece of art that gives ...

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