Essex County Fire and Rescue Service http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk Essex County Fire and Rescue Service : News Feed Copyright 2021, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. Thu, 17 Jun 202119:34:00 GMT Fire affecting containers and vehicles - Oak Lane, Billericay UPDATE 11.05PM

Crews have extinguished a fire affecting a number of vehicles and containers in Billericay.

Station Manager Steve Obsorn said: "When crews arrived they were faced with a couple of cars and car transporter on fire, and it had also spread to a caravan and containers.

"The water supply was difficult, due to the remote location, so firefighters had to work really hard to get on top of the fire.

"Thanks to their professionalism and quick response the fire is now under control."

The fire was extinguished by 10.43pm but three crews will remain at the scene through most of the night to damp down and check for hotspots.

The cause has been recorded as unknown (deliberate or accidental).

UPDATE 9.40PM

Crews are tackling a fire affecting a number of containers in Billericay.

Firefighters from Basildon, Billericay and Wickford are working hard to get the fire under control. The units mostly contain vehicle parts and gas cylinders.

A water bowser - a vehicle used to supply water at incidents - from Corringham Fire Station is also in attendance.

The fire is creating a lot of thick smoke so residents in the area are advised to keep their doors and windows closed.

The incident is close to the A127 so drivers are advised to take extra care and are urged not to slow down to look at the fire.


Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Firefighters who attended this incident from Billericay, Wickford and Corringham are on-call firefighters who all live or work within 5 minutes of their fire station and are paid to protect their community.

If you live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be an on-call firefighter. Find out more at join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8719/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8719/ Thu, 17 Jun 2021 19:34:00 GMT
Fire affecting caravan and containers - Dennises Lane, Upminster UPDATE 12.22am

The fire has been completely extinguished and crews are checking for hotspots.

A crew will return to check the scene later this morning.

The cause has been recorded as unknown.

UPDATE 11.58PM

Steady progress is being made at the scene of a fire affecting a caravan and four containers.

Crews have accessed and emptied the containers and are turning over and damping down the contents to stop the fire from spreading.  

11PM

Crews are tackling a fire affecting a caravan and containers in Upminster.

Firefighters from Grays, Orsett and Wennington attended Dennises Lane this evening at 9.53pm.

A fire had spread from a caravan to various containers - the contents of which are not known at this stage.

All persons are accounted for.

Due to the remote location, a water bowser from Corringham - a specialist vehicle with a large tank of water - was requested and a water relay was set up.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8718/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8718/ Wed, 16 Jun 2021 19:34:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - one casualty - Thorpe Hall Avenue, Thorpe Bay Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision involving one vehicle which had overturned.

Fire crews used specialist cutting equipment to release one casuaty trapped in the vehicle and gave them first aid.

The casualty was released by 11:20am and left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8717/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8717/ Tue, 15 Jun 2021 19:34:00 GMT
Man rescued from mud - Rattwick Drive, Canvey Firefighters rescued a man who was stuck in mud on Canvey.

Crews from Canvey, Basildon and Leigh attended Rattwick Drive last night at 11.42pm after reports a man was trapped.

Leigh's Swift Water Rescue crew, working with Coastguards, used a sled to reach the man, who was conscious and breathing, by 12.32am.

They released the man, who had been trapped for more than two hours, and brought him back to the shore by 12.45am. He was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.


Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Firefighters who attended this incident from Canvey are on-call firefighters who all live or work within 5 minutes of their fire station and are paid to protect their community. If you live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be an on-call firefighter. Find out more at join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8716/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8716/ Sun, 13 Jun 2021 19:34:00 GMT
Cat rescued from fence - Kenneth Road, Thundersley Firefighters rescued a cat which was impaled on a metal fence.

A crew from Leigh Fire Station attended Kenneth Road, Thundersley today at 4.36am after a resident heard the cat in distress and called 999. 

Crew Manager Chris Seal said: "One of the cat's back legs had been impaled by a metal spike above a side gate.

"We used our cutting tools to remove the spike just below the point of entry. The resident gave us a crate to put the cat in and we took it to a vet.

"It is always horrible to see an animal in distress so we were pleased that we were able to release it quickly."  

Crews rescued the cat, which had a microchip, at 5.11am.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8713/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8713/ Sun, 13 Jun 2021 19:34:00 GMT
Fire affecting two cars and outbuilding - Chivers Road, Stondon Crews have extinguished a fire affecting an outbuilding and two cars in Stondon Massey.

Firefighters from Brentwood, Chelmsford, Billericay and Loughton were called to Chivers Road tonight at 11.21pm.

They extinguished the fire by 12.38am but remained at the scene to damp down and check for hot spots.

Station Manager John Lloyd said: "Crews did extremely well, in difficult conditions with no water supply, to quickly get the fire under control."

The cause of the fire has been recorded as deliberate.


Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Firefighters who attended this incident from Billericay are on-call firefighters who all live or work within 5 minutes of their fire station and are paid to protect their community. If you live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be an on-call firefighter. Find out more at join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8712/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8712/ Fri, 11 Jun 2021 19:34:00 GMT
Road traffic collision: woman trapped - Hockley Road, Rayleigh Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision involving two vehicles in Hockley Road, Rayleigh today at 6.31pm.

A woman was trapped and crews from Rayleigh Weir and Hawkwell gave her first aid and stabilised the vehicle.

When paramedics arrived, crews helped to release the casualty and left her in care of the Ambulance Service, at 7.09pm.


Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Firefighters who attended this incident from Hawkwell are on-call firefighters who all live or work within 5 minutes of their fire station and are paid to protect their community. If you live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be an on-call firefighter. Find out more at join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8711/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8711/ Fri, 11 Jun 2021 19:34:00 GMT
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service partner with The Salvation Army Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has partnered with The Salvation Army to provide refreshments to firefighters at big incidents.

The charity’s Incident Support Unit will be based at Clacton Fire Station and the fire service's Incident Commanders can request it at large incidents when crews will be needed at the scene for an extended time. The volunteers will provide cold food/snacks and hot drinks and handwashing facilities will also be available.

It is one of a number of provisions in the fire service's Welfare Policy which ensures all fire service staff are supported at incidents.

Ryan Ainger, Operational Policy Station Manager at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said: “The Salvation Army unit will significantly enhance welfare provisions.

“It will provide crews with a much better facility while they take a well-deserved break from an incident, enabling them to recharge with a snack and rehydrate with a drink.

“It’s a 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year service, but it is run by volunteers so obviously it is dependent on their availability.

“As they are providing it at no cost, our Service has agreed to cover the vehicle’s annual servicing and MOT costs as a token of our appreciation and to help ensure the vehicle is ready to respond.

“Crews will continue to have hot food packs and hot drinks on their appliances, but this is an extra level of service and will really improve their welfare.

“On behalf of our Service, I’d like to thank the Salvation Army for their support, which will make a big difference to our firefighters.

“I’d also like to thank everyone, including representative bodies, for their involvement and help in creating the new Welfare Policy.”

The Salvation Army helps communities in times of need, including attending incidents to support members of the public left homeless.

Similar Incident Support Unit partnerships already operate with others fire and rescue services in the UK, including in London and Suffolk, and have been very successful.

Adrian Clee, Territorial Emergency Response Officer at the Salvation Army, said:The Salvation Army has a long tradition of supporting our emergency services with welfare support at larger or more protracted incidents.

“We have agreements with fire services across much of the UK and it is great to now be able to extend that frontline support to Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

“We look forward to developing a strong working relationship and providing strong support to teams on the ground.”

If you are interested in becoming a Salvation Army volunteer, click here to visit the volunteering page on the Salvation Army website.

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Firefighters rescue horse - Nazeing Common, Waltham Abbey Firefighters rescued a horse from a ditch in Waltham Abbey today.

On arrival, crews reported that the horse was trapped in the ditch and unable to stand up.

Using a hiab, firefighters from Waltham Abbey worked with specially trained animal rescue firefighters from Chelmsford and Great Baddow to lift the horse out of the ditch and she was able to stand up by herself.

The horse was left in the care of her owner.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8710/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8710/ Wed, 09 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
Barbeque safely this summer With the warmer weather set to continue this week, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service are re-issuing their barbeque fire safety advice so everyone can enjoy the outdoors safely.  

 

Every year the fire service are called to a number of fires that are started by using a barbecue. Barbeques can be dangerous if not handled responsibly, so it's important to keep safety in mind, especially when kids, loved ones and pets are around.  

 

Will Newman, Head of Prevention at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said: 

 

“We want everyone to enjoy the beautiful summer weather and delicious barbeque feasts with their friends and family but there are some safety measures that must be followed to ensure that everyone stays safe. To reduce the risk of fire, make sure your barbeque is well away from anything that could catch fire like fences, trees and sheds and make sure that it is attended at all times.” 

 

Follow the fire service’s advice to stay safe this summer: 

 

Disposable Barbeques 

  • Always place them on an even surface on either bricks or paving slabs and well away from the house, shed or fences
  • Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbeques. Never use a barbecue indoors
  • If you're using a disposable BBQ ensure it has cooled before putting it in the bin. To avoid starting a fire you should allow it to cool for several hours and then consider pouring water over it to make sure it's out

 

Charcoal Barbeques 

  • Use only enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbeque
  • Only use recognised fire lighters or starter fuel and only on cold coals - use the minimum necessary and never use petrol. 
  • Never put hot ashes straight into a dustbin or wheelie bin - they could melt the plastic and cause a fire

 

Gas Barbeques 

  • Make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder 
  • Change cylinders outdoors if possible or in a well ventilated area 
  • If you suspect a leak to the cylinder or pipe work, brush soapy water around the joints and watch for bubbles - tighten to fix but do not overtighten 
  • After cooking, turn the gas supply off first and then the barbeque control. This will stop any gas from leaking.
  • Store gas cylinders outside, away from direct sunlight and frost 

 

Be carbon monoxide aware 

Never use fuel-burning devices (e.g. disposable barbeques, camping stoves, camping heaters, lanterns, and charcoal grills) inside a tent. They give off fumes for hours and hours after you have used them - levels high enough to result in CO poisoning. 

 

To avoid hazardous CO exposures, fuel-burning equipment should never be used inside a tent, camper, or other enclosed shelter. 

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Barbeque_safely_this_summer/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Barbeque_safely_this_summer/ Tue, 08 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
Fire at commercial premises - Roots Hall Avenue, Southend Firefighters were called to reports of a fire at a premises in Roots Hall Avenue, Southend this evening.

To confirm, this fire was not affecting the football stadium itself.

 

At 6.30pm, firefighters reported that a large quantity of astroturf was alight, which was creating a significant amount of smoke. Crews were working hard to prevent the spread of the fire.

At 7pm, the incident commander reported that steady progress was being made. The incident commander advised  that several tonnes of astroturf continue to be around 20% alight.

Because the fire is deeply seated within the material, a mechanical digger will be used to move the material around and make it easier for crews to extinguish.

Crews expected to be at the scene for some time.

At 8pm, the incident commander reported that good progress was continuing to be made in extinguishing the fire.

However, we expected this to be a protracted incident and that eliminating hotspots within the material would take some time this evening.

At 10pm, three crews remained at the scene. The mechanical digger was due to shortly begin moving around the material to help crews to eliminate remaining hotspots.

Firefighters left the scene at around 11.30pm. The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental or deliberate.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8709/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8709/ Mon, 07 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
PICTURE: Firefighters rescue two dogs from ditch - Brentwood Road, Two alsatians were rescued by firefighters after they became trapped in a ditch in Tilbury on Monday morning.

Firefighters worked to safely release the dogs using a triple extension ladder. Fortunately, both animals have avoided injury.

Temporary Watch Manager Terry Myers said: "I'd like to thank our firefighters for their work this morning as well as an ambulance service crew who were nearby and helped us to create an improvised platform for the dogs to climb up during the rescue.

"We're pleased the animals are now safe and sound, back with their owners."

The dogs were rescued by 5.40am.

Pictured with dogs (right): Firefighter Ian Kelley and Firefighter Nathan Butcher.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8708/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8708/ Mon, 07 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
PICTURES: Crews extinguish dockside crane fire - Freeport, Tilbury Firefighters were called to reports of a fire involving a crane at Tilbury docks on Saturday afternoon.

On arrival, crews confirmed that a dockside crane was completely alight.

To prevent fuel reaching the open water, a sandbank was created using an on-site mechanical digger.

The fire was extinguished completely by 5.30pm. We believe the fire was caused accidentally by an electrical fault.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8707/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8707/ Sat, 05 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
Fire Service staff volunteer to phone vulnerable people in isolation During the pandemic, several members of staff from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service have been volunteering their time to call elderly and vulnerable people who have been shielding or isolated.

Through Community 360, a Colchester based charity that helps to Improve people’s lives in North Essex, a number of fire service staff have volunteered their time as part of the charity’s Befriending scheme.

Lisa Mitson, Community Safety Officer at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has volunteered her time every week since the first lockdown, helping to move hospital equipment in Brentwood and when the fire service was approached by Community 360 for any willing volunteers, several people including Lisa were more than happy to help.

Since May last year, Lisa has volunteered around 90 hours with the Befriending scheme, including on Christmas Day and while she was on holiday in Cornwall.

Lisa said: “It’s very rewarding, I have five friends that I call at a set time each week and they’re all elderly and isolated people that have been shielding on their own.

“It’s a lifeline for them when I call and when I found out one of my friends would be alone on Christmas Day, I made sure to call and check in with her. I’ve had lots of nice experiences while phoning my friends because I’ve got to know them. I’ve formed a close friendship with one particular client and we will carry on being friends when the world opens up a bit more and starts to return to normal.”

Calls are scheduled for the same time each week and Lisa fits her calls into her busy day job and personal life, often leaving early for appointments so can drive to where she needs to be to fit a phone call in first. She then reports back to Community 360 with any welfare concerns for her friends.

On one occasion, Lisa couldn’t get hold of one of her friends which was concerning and Lisa promptly called Community 360 to report it who visited the woman’s address.

Sadly, the woman had fallen in her home and passed away.

Since volunteering with the charity, two of Lisa’s friends have passed away. She said: “It’s really sad as you start to build a good rapport with each other and build a relationship.”

This week, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is celebrating Volunteers Week. If you would like to register your interest to volunteer with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service visit: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Volunteering/


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Hundreds of volunteers help to make Essex roads safer Just over 1,000 trained volunteers are helping to make Essex’s roads safer as part of Community Speed Watch.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service works with colleagues in the Safer Essex Roads Partnership to support the Community Speed Watch scheme which has more than 1,000 trained volunteers helping to make Essex roads safer.

The volunteers give up their time to monitor and report speed levels in their communities, creating a visible presence to alert drivers that speed is a leading cause of road traffic collisions in Essex.

Drivers recorded speeding then receive a letter about the impact of speeding. The idea is to raise awareness and provide advice and education.

Martyn Phillips has been a Community Speed Watch volunteer in Rayne for more than 10 years.

He said: “We keep reinforcing the message. Initially, we were getting 14 motorists each hour session but now people realise we have got some teeth we’re getting about three a session.

“The team, now and over the years, are really good. The vicar joined us and I would love to know what motorists thought when they saw someone in a dog collar holding a speed gun.

“The volunteers get a lot of support – the praise outnumbers the abuse by ten to one. You don’t feel like you are going out on a limb doing something nobody likes; the community understands what we are doing and why we are doing it.”

Keith Nuttall has been a Community Speed Watch volunteer in Hadstock for eight years.

He said in the first week lockdown was eased in April, the team recorded 27 cars speeding in one hour. Thankfully driving has improved since then.

He said: “No-one is perfect so there is a bit of leeway. We’re not there to catch people, in fact, we would rather not be picking up any speeding.

“But if you think you can pop out and it will suddenly all be sorted you are deluding yourself. That’s why we have to go out at least once a week. We want to do our best to try to persuade people to drive safely, so we can all go about our lives without fear.”

Keith is full of praise for the team in Hadstock and across Essex.

He said: “Our team is a really committed bunch and we should all pay tribute to the thousands of Community Speed Watch volunteers across Essex who, on behalf of their communities, choose to go out and make a difference.”

So far this year, 10 people have been killed and 237 seriously injured on Essex’s roads, and one of the biggest reasons that figure is so high is speeding.

Andrea MacAlister, Road Traffic Collision Reduction Manager at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Essex has about 100 Community Speed Watch groups.

“With just over 1,000 volunteers between them there’s a real benefit to local communities by helping to reduce anti-social behaviour and the number of injuries from road traffic collisions.

“By educating motorists and encouraging them to reduce their speed, the likelihood of them being involved in a serious road traffic collision is much lower.”

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, is an advocate of the great work Community Speed Watch members do in their communities and volunteers himself with his local group.

He said: “More people in Essex die on our roads than in any other kind of accident or crime so improving safety on our roads is really important.

“I’m a huge supporter of Community Speed Watch. The volunteers reduce risk in key areas of our local communities and do so much to educate drivers.

“I want to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to them. They really do make a difference and help to keep people safer.”

This week, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is celebrating Volunteers Week. If you would like to register your interest to volunteer with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service visit: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Volunteering/http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Volunteering/


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Fire Service volunteers help run Essex Fire Museum Essex Fire Museum opened 15 years ago. It is now one of the most popular fire museums in the country – thanks to the small team of volunteers who run it.

Mick Ford spends a day a week at the museum at Grays Fire Station where he has been volunteering for about 13 years. He has also been co-ordinating volunteers at the Chelmsford Vaccination Centre for two days a week.

He said: “I enjoy everything about volunteering at the museum; the camaraderie, the research, outreach visits, putting on exhibitions, piecing the collection together.

“The volunteers have turned it into one of the best fire museums in the country and Roger Pickett has to take great credit for that.”

Roger, a firefighter at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service set up the museum after retiring from operational duty in 2006.

Even though it has been closed to the public throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the volunteers have been busy researching and writing articles, dealing with questions and enquiries from the public, planning exhibitions and preparing to renew the museum’s Arts Council accreditation.

Volunteer Murray Beale has been organising a weekly Zoom call so the team can stay in touch with each other.

They hope to reopen the museum, which attracted 5,200 visitors in 2019, ahead of the summer holidays.

Mick said: “The visitors are really the heartbeat of the museum so we’ve missed them at lot. We can’t wait to get people back in; it’s the reason for it being here.

“There’s quite a lot to do before we can reopen, but we’ll get there.”

The team comes from a range of backgrounds.

Mick is a retired teacher, Murray is a former Essex and London fire officer, Dave is an ex-police inspector, Mike was a senior immigration officer, Graham retired from his fire safety role at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service last year and Alan is an accountant.

Mick said: “I’m proud to be a volunteer because everyone works so well together, they are great bunch of people, both at the museum and the vaccination centre.”

This week, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is celebrating Volunteers Week. If you would like to register your interest to volunteer with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service visit: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Volunteering/


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Man rescued after fire in a communal stairwell - Dorchester End, Firefighters rescued a man after a fire in a communal stairwell in a block of flats in Colchester earlier today.;

On arrival, crews reported that the stairwell of a three storey block of flats was heavily smoke logged and rescued a man from inside.

Firefighters gave oxygen therapy to the man who suffered smoke inhalation and he was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

Firefighters extinguished the fire by 4:20pm.

An investigation into the cause of the fire found it had been started deliberately.

Station Manager Danny Partridge, Incident Commander said: "Crews responded quickly to extinguish this fire and we'd like to thank the residents for their co-operation while we put this fire out."

Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Firefighters attending this incident from Brightlingsea and Wivenhoe are on-call firefighters who all live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station and are paid to protect their community. If you live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be an on-call firefighter. Find out more at join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8706/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8706/ Thu, 03 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
Fire Service staff volunteer more than 20,000 hours during pandemic Staff from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service have given thousands of hours to the COVID-19 vaccination programme, testing initiatives and in their communities since the start of the pandemic.

Over the course of just over a year, around 200 members of staff have given more than 20,000 hours at vaccination centres across Essex, to help move equipment between community hospitals, deliver food and medicine to people who are vulnerable and self-isolating and to litter pick at beaches for everyone to enjoy being outdoors.

The team has given their time at vaccination centres across the county and 10 staff have trained to give vaccines themselves. 

Jayne Moore, Research and Development Officer in the Technical Services team at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service co-ordinates volunteers at the Chelmsford City Racecourse vaccination centre, on Thursdays for six hours and for a day at the weekend.

She hadn’t thought about volunteering before the pandemic but, in March, when she heard volunteers’ help was still needed, she offered her support. 

Jayne (pictured above at Chelmsford City Racecourse) said: “I absolutely love it. I did it as a way of giving something back, but it has helped me so much too.

“I didn’t realise how much my mental health had been affected working from home in lockdown. I’m quite an outgoing person but being locked down was making me more insular. Doing something to help during the pandemic was massive for me.

“It’s been lovely helping the patients too. On one occasion, a man with learning difficulties had received a text about his appointment but didn’t understand it. He explained his wife used to do all that kind of thing for him but she had died in January and he started crying.

“I accompanied him through the whole process and he was so grateful at the end – moments like that just warm my heart.

“I would encourage anyone to get involved in volunteering – I will look for something else once we are out the other side of the pandemic.”

If you would like to register your interest to volunteer with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service visit: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Volunteering/  


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Fire Service staff volunteer to become vaccinators More than 10 colleagues from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service have trained as vaccinators and are administering COVID-19 injections.

Responding to the national appeal for volunteers, staff at the fire service have undergone 50 hours of training to become fully qualified vaccinators and are now working at vaccination centres across Essex. 

Staff from the fire service have also been volunteering at vaccination centres since the beginning of the vaccine rollout in Essex and have helped set up the centres and helped run them ever since.

Greg Herne, Fire Safety Officer and firefighter of 32 years with the London Fire Brigade, has given 105 vaccinations over two shifts so far, at Colchester’s Community Stadium and Chelmsford City Racecourse.

He said: “I’ve loved it. I’ve felt that I’m giving something back to the community. When people ask me what my day job is and I tell them I work for the fire service, they are incredibly grateful. They appreciate everything our Service is doing to keep them safe and they can see colleagues going the extra mile and volunteering too.

“It is a similar feeling to when I was a firefighter; I leave feeling like I’ve made a difference. I’m really looking forward to doing my next shift.”

Andrea Adams, Education Officer, administered 70 vaccinations on her first six-hour shift at Colchester’s Community Stadium.

She said: “It was scary to start with but the staff were so supportive. I got the first couple done and got in the swing of things and the patients were so happy, although I’m not sure how their arms felt in the morning!

“We’ve gone from practising on oranges to using real arms and there’s a bit of a difference! There’s a lot to remember but it’s fine when you get the hang of it. I’m looking forward to my next shift.”

This week, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is celebrating Volunteers Week. If you would like to register your interest to volunteer with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service visit: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Volunteering/


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Firefighter thanked for helping to rescue two kittens Station Manager Toby Ingham in the Emergency Planning team at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has been thanked for his role in helping to rescue two four-week-old kittens that fell down a drain in Waltham Abbey over the weekend.

Toby was called to rescue the two kittens in Galleyhill Road in Waltham Abbey on 30 May after the pair had fallen down a drain into a complex system of pipes across a large area.

Working alongside a local cat rescue, Scratching Post Cat Rescue, Toby used specialist equipment including a thermal imaging camera to establish the exact location of the kittens.

Although they could not reach the kittens using the equipment they had, Toby and the cat rescue team set up a kitten-focussed plan using netting and two small traps with food near the ends of the pipes.

Overnight, the curious cats sniffed out the food and were found safe and well in the traps first thing the next morning.

Susan Lewis Hall from Scratching Post Cat Rescue said: "Toby was amazing and the smile the mummy cat gave when she was reunited with her kittens was lovely. They had crawled a long way and Toby was able to tell us whereabouts they were. It was awful knowing the pipes went all over a large site and all connected they could have gone anywhere, it's a miracle we got them and we'd like to thank Toby for his role in their rescue."

Station Manager Toby Ingham said: "It was a different experience working alongside the Waltham Abbey cat rescuers and it's nice to know that the kittens are safe. Together we formed a response plan that was kitten-focussed and managed to confirm proof-of-life and exact-location by utilising Essex fire equipment. A safe-system-of-work was put in place and happily the kittens managed to find their way out."

The two kittens currently have no names but Susan and her colleagues at Scratching Post Cat Rescue plan to call one Toby.

If your animal gets trapped or you find a trapped animal, please call the RSPCA who will call the Fire Service. Please do not attempt to rescue an animal yourself as you might put yourself in danger too.


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