Essex County Fire and Rescue Service http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk Essex County Fire and Rescue Service : News Feed Copyright 2019, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. Mon, 14 Oct 201905:15:00 GMT PHOTOS: Pony rescued from swimming pool - Coalhill Lane, Chelmsford Firefighters rescued a pony after it accidentally fell into a swimming pool in the early hours of this morning.

The pony had managed to wander into the garden of the property unattended.

Crews used a 'skid' to help lift the pony back out of the pool.

The pony has avoided serious injury, but was left in the care of a vet as a precaution.

Do you live in Great Baddow?

We're recruiting on-call firefighters in Great Baddow. On-call firefighters live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station and are called out to attend incidents. They are paid for the time they give and the role can be done alongside another job. Interested? Find out more: www.join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call/

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Candle Fire Safety Week: Snuff out the fire risk Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) is asking people to take care this Candle Fire Safety Week and snuff out the risk of fire in their homes.

With winter fast approaching, a few candles scattered round the room can lend a warm glow to an evening in or add some festive cheer to the season’s celebrations such as Guy Fawkes’ night and Christmas.

But with candle fires resulting in over 300 casualties each year, ECFRS is asking people to take extra care with candles this winter.

More than one in three of all reported accidental fires in the home started by candles result in a death or injury. 

The most important step you can take to keep yourself and your loved ones safe is to ensure your home has working smoke alarms.

To prevent candle fires from starting in your home, you should make sure your candles are kept away from flammable materials like curtains and ensure candles are put out when you leave the room, even for a moment.

Andrea MacAlister, Head of Community Safety said:
“Candles are a typical sight in many homes, scenting our rooms and giving an atmospheric glow to cold winter nights. But it’s important to remember that a candle is not just a decorative feature. Left unattended, an open flame scenting your home could leave a trail of devastation.

“Place your lit candles with extra care, away from curtains, pets and children and always remember to put them out when you leave the room, even for a moment. 

“Even with these precautions it’s vital to be prepared should the worst happen. Working smoke alarms can give you the vital time you need to get out, stay out and call 999. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe by testing your alarm regularly and by practising your escape routes.” 

To help you enjoy your candles safely, follow our tips:

  • Never leave lit candles unattended.
  • Put burning candles out when you leave the room, and make sure they’re out completely at night.
  • Place your candles carefully. Make sure they are on a stable surface, out of the reach of pets and children, and keep them away from flammable objects like curtains, furniture, bedding and books.
  • Don’t move candles once they are lit Do not burn several candles close together as this might cause the flame to flare Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, out of drafts, vents or air currents.
  • This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, soot, and dripping. Always put scented candles in a heat resistant holder.
  • These candles are designed to liquefy when heated to maximise fragrance.
  • Fit smoke alarms and test them now and monthly.
  • A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999.
  • Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do if a fire should occur - practise your escape route.

Do you have smoke alarms to alert you to the first sign of fire?

We want every home in Essex to be provided with the excellent protection that smoke alarms offer. Smoke alarms alert give you early warning of a fire which will give you and your family a chance to escape your home safely.

We will provide and fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge. Contact us today: call 0300 303 0088 or visit www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

 

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Meet Harry Clack from South Woodham Ferrers At 18-years-old, Harry Clack from South Woodham Ferrers is one of the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s (ECFRS) youngest on-call firefighters.

 

Harry, who is an apprentice in a support role with ECFRS, decided to train to become an on-call firefighter, initially in Maldon, but he soon moved to South Woodham Ferrers and now provides cover there.

"Being a young driver and motorcyclist, I form part of Essex’s high risk group for road traffic incidents. This made me want to be a firefighter, so that not only will I be giving back to the public services, but contributing to the safety of my friends, family and other people in Essex,” said Harry.

 

Harry provides on-call cover during the day and evenings as he lives and works within 5 minutes of South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station. When his pager sounds he immediately makes his way to the fire station. He never knows what he could be attending, it could be a road traffic collision, field fire or even a chemical spill. The role is more than fighting fires.

 

Harry is paid for the time he is available to work, regardless of whether he is called out. He is also paid an additional hourly rate for attending incidents and training. The amount on-call firefighters depends on their availability but they can earn anywhere between £4,000 and £8,000 a year, sometimes more.

 

Before beginning his training, Harry had to pass a fitness test. While off-putting to some, ECFRS has a fitness team who hold pre-assessment fitness days and offer advice on how to improve fitness.

 

After passing his initial fitness test with flying colours, Harry spent two full weeks training followed by a further evening session for 10 weeks.

 

"The training covers everything from ladders and hoses to road traffic collisions, everyone on your squad is new like you,” said Harry.

 

In addition to the evening training sessions, new recruits begin attending their local station's drill night, something they'll be expected to do throughout their career in order to keep their training and knowledge current.

 

"It’s a really great feeling to know I’ll be supporting the local community and helping to make Essex a safe place to live, work and travel." 

 

“My advice for thinking about becoming an on-call firefighter is to do your research on the job and commitment. But don’t overstress on things, the Service has fantastic training team who will work with you throughout every part of the process.”

 

Could you be an on-call firefighter? If you're aged 18 or over, live or work within 5 minutes South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station and are physically fit you could be paid to protect your local community.

 

South Woodham Ferres Fire station is holding a recruitment week - find out more about the role from firefighters who will be on hand to answer any questions you have:

  • Saturday 12 October – Find us at South Woodham Ferrers parkrun
  • Monday 14 October – Drop in at South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station between 10am and 4pm to chat to Kim Polley, On-Call Liaison Officer
  • Tuesday 15 October - Drop in at South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station between 10am and 4pm to meet our fitness team and between 1pm and 7:30pm to chat to Kim Polley, On-Call Liaison Officer. From 7:30pm, you can watch our training night at the fire station 
  • Wednesday 16 October - Drop in at South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station between 10am and 4pm to chat to Kim Polley, On-Call Liaison Officer
  • Thursday 17 October - Drop in at South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station between 1pm and 7pm to chat to Kim Polley, On-Call Liaison Officer
  • Friday 18 October - Drop in at South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station between 10am and 4pm to chat to Kim Polley, On-Call Liaison Officer

For more information about the on-call firefighter role and how to apply visit www.essex-fire.gov.uk/swf  

 

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Could you be on-call in Great Baddow, South Woodham Ferrers or We're recruiting on-call firefighter in Great Baddow, South Woodham Ferrers and Waltham Abbey

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is holding week long recruitment drives in Great Baddow, South Woodham Ferrers and Waltham Abbey for anyone interested in becoming an on-call firefighter.

If you are aged over 18 and live or work within five minutes of one of these stations, you could follow in the footsteps of the 500+ on-call firefighters across the Service.

On-call firefighters go about their daily lives until their pager sounds, when they immediately make their way to their local fire station. They never know what they could be attending; it could be a road traffic collision, a field fire or even a chemical spill. 

On-call firefighters are paid for the time they are available to work, regardless of whether they are called out. They are also paid an additional hourly rate for attending incidents and training. The amount on-call firefighters get paid depends on their availability but they can earn anywhere between £4,000 and £8,000 a year, sometimes more.

To become an on-call firefighter, you’ll need to pass an assessment day including a fitness test, which you'll be supported through by the Service Fitness Team.

In addition to the evening training sessions, new recruits begin attending their local station's drill night, something they'll be expected to do throughout their career in order to keep their training and knowledge current.

To speak to our team about the on-call firefighter role, head over to:

South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station:
Drop in events between Monday 14 - Friday 18 October. For more information visit: essex-fire.gov.uk/swf

Great Baddow Fire Station:
Drop in events between Monday 21 - Friday 25 October. For more information visit: essex-fire.gov.uk/gb

Waltham Abbey Fire Station:
Drop in events held between Monday 28 October - Friday 1 November. For more information visit: essex-fire.gov.uk/wa

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Could you be an on-call firefighter in South Woodham Ferrers? Could you be an on-call firefighter in South Woodham Ferrers?

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is holding a week long recruitment drive in South Woodham Ferrers for anyone interested in becoming an on-call firefighter.

If you are over 18-years-old and live or work within five minutes of South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station, you could become one of more than 500 on-call firefighters in the service.

On-call firefighters go about their daily lives as usual until their pager sounds, when they immediately have to make their way to their local fire station. They never know what they could be attending, it could be a road traffic collision, a field fire or even a chemical spill. The role is more than fighting fires.

ECFRS is looking for people who live and work within 5 minutes of South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station to provide additional cover in the daytime, evenings and weekends.

On-call firefighters are paid for the time they are available to work, regardless of whether they are called out. They are also paid an additional hourly rate for attending incidents and training. The amount on-call firefighters get paid depends on their availability but they can earn anywhere between £4,000 and £8,000 a year, sometimes more.

To become an on-call firefighter, you’ll need to pass an assessment day including a fitness test. While off-putting to some, ECFRS has a fitness team who hold pre-assessment fitness days and offer advice on how to improve fitness.

After passing your initial fitness test, you’ll spend two full weeks training at ECFRS's Service Training Centres followed by a further evening session for 10 weeks.

In addition to the weekly session at Service Training Centre, new recruits begin attending their local station's drill night, something they'll be expected to do throughout their career in order to keep their training and knowledge current.

Could you be an on-call firefighter? If you're aged 18 or over, live or work within 5 minutes of South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station and are physically fit, you could be paid to protect your local community. For more information visit essex-fire.gov.uk/swf  

You can find out more about the role this week from firefighters and on-call liaison officers who will be on hand to answer any questions you have:

  • Saturday 12 October – On-call liaison officers will be at South Woodham Ferrers parkrun
  • Monday 14 October – Drop in at South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station between 10am and 4pm to chat to Kim Polley, On-Call Liaison Officer
  • Tuesday 15 October - Drop in at South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station between 10am and 4pm to meet our fitness team and between 1pm and 7:30pm to chat to Kim Polley, On-Call Liaison Officer. From 7:30pm, you can watch our training night at the fire station
  • Wednesday 16 October - Drop in at South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station between 10am and 4pm to chat to Kim Polley, On-Call Liaison Officer
  • Thursday 17 October - Drop in at South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station between 1pm and 7pm to chat to Kim Polley, On-Call Liaison Officer
  • Friday 18 October - Drop in at South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station between 10am and 4pm to chat to Kim Polley, On-Call Liaison Officer
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PHOTO: Three storey property destroyed in fire - Seymour Road, Tilbury Firefighters were called to the scene of a fire at a three storey townhouse in Tilbury.

On arrival, crews confirmed the property, which is part of a row of five, was completely on fire.

At 4.45pm, crews reported that they were working hard to contain the fire and prevent further damage to the neighbouring properties.

At 5.30pm, the officer in charge reported that the fire was under control. Crews were extinguishing hotspots within the building.

At 6.30pm, the officer in charge advised that the fire was extinguished. Crews will remain at the scene for some time to monitor the area.

A fire investigation into the cause found that both accidental and deliberate are possibilities.

 

Do you live in Corringham?

We're recruiting on-call firefighters in Corringham. On-call firefighters live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station and are called out to attend incidents. They are paid for the time they give and the role can be done alongside another job. Interested? Find out more: join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7964/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7964/ Tue, 08 Oct 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - vehicle left roadway - Fambridge Road, Maldon Firefighters assisted at the scene of a road traffic collision this afternoon.

On arrival crews confirmed that one woman was trapped in a vehicle following the incident, having left the roadway.

Crews worked hard to release the woman by 4.19pm, before leaving her in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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Road traffic collision - one casualty - Rayleigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision this afternoon.

On arrival, crews confirmed that one person was trapped following the incident, which involved two vehicles.

Firefighters worked hard to release the casualty by 3.29pm before leaving them in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7962/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7962/ Fri, 04 Oct 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Fire in first floor of townhouse - Rokells, Basildon Crews were called to a fire in a townhouse after neighbours smelled smoke. 

On arrival firefighters reported that the fire was in a room on the first floor of the property and worked to surround it and stop it spreading. 

Firefighters extinguished the fire by 4.05am. 

The room has suffered from some smoke and fire damage. 

An investigation into the cause of the fire will take place later today. 


Do you have smoke alarms to alert you to the first sign of fire?

We want every home in Essex to be provided with the excellent protection that smoke alarms offer. Smoke alarms alert give you early warning of a fire which will give you and your family a chance to escape your home safely.

We will provide and fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge. Contact us today: call 0300 303 0088 or visit www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7961/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7961/ Fri, 04 Oct 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - two people trapped - Dunmow Road, Stebbing Crews were called to a road traffic collision involving two cars. 

On arrival firefighters reported that two people were trapped in their cars and worked to release them by 9.10am.

The casualties were left in the care of the Ambulance Service. 

 


Do you live in Great Dunmow?

We're recruiting on-call firefighters in Great Dunmow. On-call firefighters live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station and are called out to attend incidents. They are paid for the time they give and the role can be done alongside another job. Interested? Find out more: join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7960/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7960/ Thu, 03 Oct 2019 09:00:00 GMT
300 tonnes of straw alight - Haynes Green Road, Layer Marney Crews were called to Haynes Green Road, Layer Marney, after reports that around 300 tonnes of baled straw was alight. 

Firefighters worked overnight to contain the fire and extinguished it by 8am.

The cause of the fire is unknown. 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7959/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7959/ Wed, 02 Oct 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Home Safety Week 2019 #SafeHome19 This week, Essex County Fire and Service (ECFRS) is sharing fire safety advice to help you keep your home safe.

As part of the National Fire Chiefs Council’s Home Safety Week 2019 campaign which runs from 30 September – 6 October, the Service will be sharing home safety tips throughout the week. ECFRS will also be encouraging Essex residents to book in a free home visit where the team can install smoke alarms and advise on how to best protect your home.

Most homes have smoke alarms installed (95 per cent) but in nearly 20% of accidental house fires in the UK, smoke alarms failed to activate. The most common reasons were the smoke failed to reach the detector and because batteries were either missing or defective.

Kieron Moir, Home Safety Operations Manager, said: “The best way you can protect you and your family from the first sign of fire is to have a working smoke alarm in every level of your home.

“We want everyone in Essex to live safe and well and we offer free home safety visits to all Essex residents. If you want us to come and fit smoke alarms for you or talk to you about ways to better protect your home, then please book a free visit.”

By following these top safety tips, you can help make sure you and your family are safe at home:

• Make sure you have smoke alarms on every floor of your home

• Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they are working. Please test smoke alarms regularly

• Take extra care in the kitchen and never leave cooking unattended

• Avoid using a chip pan or any other pan filled with hot oil

• Don’t overload electric sockets– most can only take a maximum of 13 amps

• Keep matches and lighters away from children

• Keep clothes well away from heaters and open fires

• Put out cigarettes properly and dispose of them carefully

• Don’t charge things like mobile phones, tablets or e-cigs overnight, or longer than the recommended charging time

• Plan an escape route and make sure everyone in the house knows how to get out in the event of a fire

Book your free home safety visit here: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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Girl released from railings - Colchester Road, Wakes Colne Crews were called to Colchester Road, Wakes Colne, after a young girl slipped and fell on to metal railings. 

On arrival firefighters reported that the girl was impaled on the railings.

Station Manager Dan Partridge, Colchester Fire Station, said:

"Today's incident involved great team work between fire crews, paramedics and the Air Ambulance. 

"Our crews were able to cut the railings and carefully to release the casualty to enable the Ambulance Service to attend to her and the Air Ambulance to quickly transport her from the scene."

The casualty was left in the care of the Ambulance Service at 2.15pm.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7958/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7958/ Sat, 28 Sep 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Student Fire Safety Week 2019 With new students settling in to their new homes and new routines and returning students getting back in to the swing of all things university, Essex County Fire and Rescue Sevice is encouraging all students to have a think about their fire safety.

Andrea MacAlister, Head of Community Safety, said: “With all the excitement and opportunity that university life brings, fire safety might not be at the top of your list of priorities.

"However, in amongst all your studying and socialising, taking a few moments to think about your accommodation, how you use it, and what you might do to reduce any fire risks that might save your life.”

By following these top safety tips, you can help make sure that your student experience is a fire-safe one:

•Don’t leave cooking unattended and take extra care when frying with oil

•Don’t cook if you’ve been drinking alcohol, especially late at night

•Take extra care with cigarettes and other smoking materials and never smoke in bed. If you smoke, make sure you put your cigarette out, right out

•Keep candles away from flammable surfaces or material that might burn – such as curtains, TVs, bath tubs – and never leave lit candles unattended

•Don’t overload plug sockets and switch off electrical equipment such as chargers, hair straighteners and blow dryers overnight or when not in use

•Make sure you and your housemates know your escape routes, practise it and have a plan B in case your route is blocked

•In the event of a fire, get out, stay out and call 999

Andrea added, “Each and every university or college has a person responsible for fire safety. If you spot a fire risk or have any concerns then you should speak to them.”

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Road traffic collision - motorcyclist trapped - Straight Road, Firefighters were called to the scene of a road traffic collision this morning.

On arrival, crews confirmed that a motorcyclist was trapped under a refuse truck following the incident. No other vehicles were involved.

Firefighters used lifting equipment to safely move the refuse truck, before leaving the casualty in the care of the Ambulance Service by 7.57am.

 

Do you live in Wivenhoe?

We're recruiting on-call firefighters in Wivenhoe. On-call firefighters live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station and are called out to attend incidents.

They are paid for the time they give and the role can be done alongside another job. Interested? Find out more: join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7957/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7957/ Fri, 27 Sep 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - three vehicles - Bournemouth Park Road, Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision this morning.

On arrival, crews confirmed that three vehicles had been involved in the incident. One person was trapped in their vehicle.

Firefighters managed to release the casualty by 7.36am, before leaving them in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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Fire service at 21, VIP at 100: Hocky Hockets' incredible story A 100-year-old lady who helped to keep Essex safe during World War Two returned to the fire station she first served at last week.

‘Hocky’ Hockets, who was based at the original fire station in Orsett Road Grays in what was then the National Fire Service, was greeted by family members in a special surprise three days after reaching her 100th birthday.

Hocky, who later married Grays’ first Station Officer Herbert Lazell, turned 21 on the 15 September 1940, which became known as the penultimate day of the Battle of Britain.

Inspired to do something to help and protect other people, she began training as a firewoman (as the National Fire Service described the role then – similar to a control operator) at Hornchurch station, before soon being posted to Grays where she was quickly promoted to Leading Firewoman.

By March 1942, she had been transferred to Stanford-Le-Hope fire station – before intense training at a National Fire Service in Brighton prior to a long-awaited return to Grays. During this period, she undertook short postings at Laindon, Billericay and Wickford NFS fire stations.

Greeted by family members from across the country last week at Grays, Hocky was visibly emotional upon meeting Roger Pickett, who she has come to know for his work as Collections Officer at the Essex Fire Museum, positioned behind Grays fire station.

Roger said: “Hocky is an inspiration to us all – her tale of helping to keep Thurrock and the surrounding areas safe during a time when the country was at war and under immense threat domestically is very special.

“It was a pleasure to welcome Hocky back to Grays, where her life as a firewoman began all those years ago – her passion for the Fire Service that remains to this day, even at 100 years old, is fantastic.”

You can find out about Essex Fire Museum on their Facebook page: facebook.com/EssexFireMuseum

 

Could you follow in Hocky’s footsteps and protect your community?

Has Hocky’s story of becoming a firewoman at 21 years old inspired you? If you’re 18, physically fit and live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station, we want you!

Visit join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call for more information.

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Road traffic collision - vehicle overturned - Epping Road, Ongar Firefighters were called to the scene of a road traffic collision this evening.

On arrival, crews confirmed that a vehicle had left the roadway and was on its roof following the incident. No other vehicles were involved.

One woman in her 20s was trapped inside the vehicle. Firefighters worked hard to release her by 8.42pm, before leaving her in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7955/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7955/ Wed, 25 Sep 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - one casualty - A12, Colchester Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision this afternoon on the A12.

The incident, which involved one vehicle which had left the northbound carriageway between junctions 26 (Eight Ash Green) and 27 (Colchester), left one person trapped.

Crews managed to release the casualty by 2.45pm, before leaving them in the care of the Ambulance Service.

 

Do you live in Manningtree or Wivenhoe?

We're recruiting on-call firefighters in Manningtree and Wivenhoe. On-call firefighters live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station and are called out to attend incidents. They are paid for the time they give and the role can be done alongside another job. Interested? Find out more: join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

 

 

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7954/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7954/ Wed, 25 Sep 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Changes made to firefighter Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Essex County Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are going to look slightly different from today after being issued with new firefighting PPE.

From today, all Essex firefighters will be wearing their new and improved kit to help them carry out their roles while better protected and more comfortable.

The main change that you will see is a ‘Rescue Jacket’, a new addition to the Service’s PPE that firefighters will wear when attending road traffic collisions and field/grass fires. These new jackets are Class 3 High Visibility which means they meet the requirements for high visibility for working on roadways and are of a lightweight and ergonomic design.

The role of firefighters has become more diverse and the new rescue jackets are better suited to some of the incidents Essex County Fire and Rescue Service attends.

The key changes to Essex firefighter PPE are:

• A new separate rescue jacket to be used at incidents such as road traffic collisions and field/grass fires.

• A lighter, re-designed helmet and repositioned torch, making it more comfortable.

• More ergonomic structural firefighting jackets and trousers which are less prone to rips and tears.

• Additional waterproof lining within the boots, which also include handles to make it easier to pull them up.

• Two sets of gloves – structural and rescue.

The new PPE has been purchased through a National Collaborative PPE framework. ECFRS has been represented on this project from its inception at the end of 2014, being involved in the writing of the specifications and the evaluations over a six month period at the Fire Service College. The Framework is available to all Fire and Rescue Services across the country and the PPE is supplied by Bristol Uniforms.

Watch Manager Jayne Moore, Lead Officer for PPE in the Technical Services team who headed up the project, said: “It has been a great pleasure working with colleagues nationally to achieve a new improved set of firefighting PPE for our firefighters. “Innovation inevitably occurs during the course of each contract enabling us to improve the PPE we provide. By purchasing a National Framework, we have been able to do this and add additional items of PPE while making an annual cost saving of approximately 25%.”

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