Essex County Fire and Rescue Service http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk Essex County Fire and Rescue Service : News Feed Copyright 2020, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. Mon, 19 Oct 202009:00:00 GMT Fire Service shares advice for a happy and safe Halloween Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is sharing safety advice to keep residents in Essex safe this Halloween.
 
Halloween might be different this year with Covid-19 guidance but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have a happy and safe Halloween. 

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service wants to help keep you safe this spooky season by providing suggestions for the many activities you can do safely at home instead. 
 
Will Newman, Head of Prevention, said: “We are encouraging people to come up with some creative ways to celebrate this year. Our main advice we want to give this year is to use flameless candles and lights instead of wax candles. Children’s fancy dress costumes can be very flammable and as they are classed as toys, they don’t always need to meet the same fire safety guidelines as clothes – please make sure to check the labels inside the costume. We want to prevent the cases we have seen across the UK where children’s costumes set alight very quickly causing devastating injuries. 
 
“We have come up with some spooktacular ways that you and your family can celebrate safely this year:

“Stay home and create your own haunted house and use flameless or LED candles to create a spooky atmosphere. If you have to use wax candles, never give them to children to hold, even if it’s in a pumpkin. Never leave a lit candle alone, not even for a few seconds.

“Get cosy in your living room and have a scary movie marathon or why not organise a Zoom Halloween party this year? Dress up and stay in touch this Halloween and host a quiz or competition online while keeping yourself, family and friends safe.” 
 
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service would like everyone to have a happy and safe Halloween so make sure you:

  • Keep candles away from decorations and make sure to switch all lights and decorations off if you leave the house and before you go to bed
  • Consider using LED candles or lights instead of wax candles in your pumpkin and around the home
  • If wearing fancy dress, always keep well away from fire. They are very flammable and can cause devastating injuries
  • Don't use flammable materials to make home-made costumes. Be especially careful about using bin liners as capes 
  • Keep children away from naked flames and don’t let them carry lit candles or lanterns with a real candle in them
  • Never leave lit candles unattended. Blow candles out when leaving the room, even if only for a moment and make sure to extinguish candles before you go to bed and if you leave the house

For more home fire safety advice, visit: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/staysafe 


Page last updated 19 October, 2020

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Cars on fire - Appleton Mews, Colchester Crews were called to reports of a car port on fire.

On arrival firefighters reported that three cars were completely alight, along with a surrounding car port. 

Because of the amount of smoke being produced our Control Officers received around 25 calls to report the incident. 

Crews worked hard to bring the fire under control and completely extinguished it by 11.40pm.

The cause of the fire has been recorded as deliberate.  


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We're recruiting on-call firefighters all over Essex.

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Bin fire spreads to shop - The Causeway, Great Baddow Crews were called to reports of a bin store on fire close to a block of flats in Great Baddow. 

On arrival firefighters reported that the fire had spread through a window into a ground floor shop and was also beginning to melt the outside window frames of the flats above. 

Watch Manager Lewis Black, Chelmsford Fire Station, said:

"Our crews worked quickly to bring the fire under control and managed to stop it spreading inside any of the flats above. 

"During the incident we also worked with an onsite security officer to evactate the flats. No residents were injured and all of them were allowed back into their flats after about 20 minutes.

"The shop has suffered some fire, smoke and water damage."

Firefighters extinguished the fire by 11.15pm.

The cause of the fire is unknown. 

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Road traffic collision - one person trapped - Colchester Road, Crews were called to a road traffic collision involving one car. 

On arrival firefighters reported that one person was trapped in the car and worked to release them by 8.16pm. 

The casualty was left in the care of the Ambulance Service. 

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Man rescued after kitchen fire - Elmstead Road, Colchester Firefighters rescued a man from a flat fire in Colchester this morning after neighbours heard his smoke alarms going off.

We were called to Elmstead Road, Colchester just after 9:15am to reports of smoke alarms going off.

On arrival, crews entered a third floor flat which was heavily smoke logged wearing Breathing Apparatus and found a fire in the kitchen.

Firefighters rescued a man who was asleep in another room and gave him oxygen therapy. He was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

Crews extinguished the fire by 9:56am and believe it was caused by cooking left unattended in the oven.

Watch Manager Richard Lark from Colchester Fire Station said: “Thankfully this man had working smoke alarms that alerted his neighbours. I’d like to praise the neighbours for acting quickly when hearing smoke alarms going off and calling us, they helped to save their neighbour’s life. If you hear someone’s smoke alarms going off, always call 999, even if you think others might have done so already.

“Never leave cooking unattended and don’t cook when you’re tired.”

More than half of accidental fires at home are started by cooking - follow our cooking safety advice to stay safe in your kitchen:

  • Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob.  Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach to keep them safe
  • Make sure saucepan handles don’t stick out – so they don’t get knocked off the stove
  • Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – this can easily catch fire
  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob
  • Double check the cooker is off when you’ve finished cooking
  • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk

Have you got working smoke alarms in your home?

Incidents like this show how important it is to have working smoke alarms in your home. They give you and others around you an early warning sign to fire, giving you time to get out of the house, stay out and call the fire service out.

If you or someone you know doesn’t have working smoke alarms, we can fit them for free during a home fire safety visit. Book a visit at www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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Gas leak - London Road, Bowers Gifford Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a ruptured gas main in London Road, Bowers Gifford this morning.

When firefighters arrived they reported that a gas main had been damaged and was leaking gas.

Fire crews made the area safe while gas engineers worked on fixing the leak.

The road was closed in both directions and the neighbouring houses were asked to stay in their homes and shut their windows while the engineers worked on the leak.

*Update 1pm from Station Manager Al Green*

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Firefighters are still on scene of this gas leak in Bowers Gifford this afternoon. Gas engineers are on site and working to fix the leak, but it is likely to take several more hours.

"Firefighters are continuing to monitor gas levels in the area to keep all residents safe. The road closures in place will remain for some time, so we want people to be aware and make alternative routes.

"We are expecting to be here for some time, so if people use this route please plan ahead now and avoid this area".

*Update 4pm* The gas main has been made safe by has engineers. Firefighters have now left the scene.

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Tyres and outbuilding alight - Southend Road, Fobbing Firefighters were called to reports of a fire in Southend Road, Fobbing early this morning.

When fire crews arrived they reported that a number of tyres covering an area of approximately 20m x 20m were alight. An outbuilding was also involved in the fire.

At 3:30am firefighters reported that the fire was surrounded and crews were making good progress tackling the fire.

The fire was extinguished at 5:30am. Firefighters left the scene and will return in a few hours to check for hot spots.

It is not known how the fire started.

*Update 8am* Firefighters have revisited the incident this morning to extinguish one isolated flare up. The crew quickly extinguished the hot spot and left at 8:30am.

 

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Car fire spreads to garage - Queens Mews, West Mersea Firefighters were called to a car fire in West Mersea this afternoon.

When fire crews arrived they reported the car was completely on fire, and the fire had started to spread to the garage.

Firefighters managed to quickly extinguish the fire by 6:30pm.

The cause of the fire was recorded as accidental. The car has been destroyed and the garage suffered some fire and smoke damage.


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West Mersea firefighters who were called to this incident are on-call firefighters who live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station and are paid to protect their local community.

To find out more about the role and how you can apply, visit: join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

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Road traffic collision - woman trapped - Cranes Lane, Basildon Firefighters helped a woman to safety after a road traffic collision in Basildon.

Crews from Basildon and Corringham were called to Cranes Lane today at 2.30pm after a car had left the road.

A woman, who had minor injuries, was trapped in the passenger seat and crews helped her to safety .

They left her in the care of the Ambulance Service by 3.01pm and made sure the scene was safe.


Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Some of the firefighters who attended this incident were on-call firefighters - people who live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station and are paid to protect their local community.

To find out more about the role and how you can apply, visit: join.essex-fire.gov.uk/oncall

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Show some respect this Fireworks Night Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents in Essex to keep safe this bonfire and fireworks season. 

With many organised events cancelled, emergency services are preparing for a busier night than usual as people celebrate in their own gardens. We are asking everyone to show RESPECT this Firework Night. 

Respect the Firework
 

Will Newman Head of Prevention, said: “While most people use fireworks responsibly, in the wrong hands they can cause  serious injury. Remember that fireworks are explosives and should be treated with great respect and care. We don’t want you to remember November 5th for the wrong reasons and especially this year, we do not want to put extra pressure on the emergency services. 

“Fireworks should be treated with respect and only used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the Firework Code. 

The Firework Code:- 

  • Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable, and ensure it finishes before 11pm (12pm on Nov 5th)
  • Only buy fireworks which carry the CE mark, keep them in a closed box and use them one at a time 
  • Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary 
  • Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back 
  • Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks 
  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit 
  • Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them 
  • Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators 
  • Don't build bonfires, they can spread out of control very quickly
  • Always supervise children around fireworks

Respect the Emergency Services 

We are currently amidst a global pandemic and we are asking people not to take risks, putting additional pressures on our emergency services.   

Marcus Bailey, Chief Operating Officer, East of England Ambulance Service said: 

“Celebrating Halloween and Bonfire Night will look different for many people this year, however, our important messages remain: we would ask everyone to enjoy themselves safely, think of others, think hands, face and space in line with Government advice. 

“It may not be possible to attend an organised fireworks event this year, so please be extra careful if you choose to have a firework display at home in line with COVID government guidance. 

“Be mindful of the cold weather, it’s important to wrap up, especially for the very young or elderly. 

“Please stay safe and help keep our staff free to look after those patients who need us most.” 

Martin Palmer from the Children’s Burns Club said: 

“You can avoid injuries by following the Fireworks Code, but if an accident does occur  - remember; 

1. Cool the burn with running cold tap water for 20 minutes and remove all clothing and jewellery (unless it is melted or firmly stuck to the wound). 

2. Call for help for any burn larger than a 50p coin: 999, 111 or local GP for advice. 

3. Cover with cling film or a sterile, nonfluffy dressing or cloth. Make sure the patient is kept warm. 

Respect your neighbours 

Fireworks can frighten people and animals. The elderly and children are frequently scared and intimidated by firework noise. After all, fireworks are explosives. Tell your neighbours if you’re a planning on letting off fireworks and avoid purchasing really noisy ones.  

Fireworks can also cause a great deal of distress to animals.  In a recent survey, 62% of dog owners reported their pets showing signs of distress during fireworks season, with 54% of cat owners experiencing the same. We are supporting RSPCA’s ‘Bang Out Of Order’ campaign, encouraging the responsible use of fireworks and the adoption of tighter regulations concerning their use. 

Show some respect this Bonfire Night.  


 

Page last updated 14.10.2020

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Megan to run one mile a day in aid of The Miscarriage Association Throughout the month of October Megan from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s Operations and Resilience team will be running one mile a day in aid of The Miscarriage Association.

Megan chose the charity after suffering a miscarriage in October 2019.  One year later, Megan decided to raise as much money as she can for her chosen charity and one close to her heart.

Megan said: “This time last year I was pregnant and I was happy, so happy.

“On 31 October I started bleeding, I knew straight away something was wrong. After a long time at the hospital, numerous consultations, and a scan it was confirmed I had had a missed miscarriage. That night was the worst night of my life.

“But I am not alone, one in four pregnancies ends in a loss. This is something many people choose to go through silently, and other than very close friends and family, I told no one. I am in no way ashamed of having a miscarriage but how do you bring it up in conversation?

“Being the run-up to that horrible anniversary I decided to do something to help me, I have decided I am going to run a mile every day in October to raise money for The Miscarriage Association.

“Unknown to me when I decided to do this challenge October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and this year 9 to 15 October is Baby Loss Awareness Week.

“No one has to go through a miscarriage alone, there is plenty of support available online. I was fortunate enough to have an incredible support system around me that got me through the heartache and confusion at the time, but I still felt so alone.”

Megan added: “There is no right or wrong way to get over a miscarriage, I am not sure I ever will.”

Anyone that needs support can go to: www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk

To support Megan on her charity challenge and help her raise as much as possible please donate on her JustGiving page here


Page last updated 13 October, 2020

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Candle Fire Safety Week 2020: Fire Service shares advice to stay safe Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is sharing safety advice to minimise the risk of candle fires as part of Candle Fire Safety Week (12 - 18 October) and the Fire Kills campaign.

Candle fires result in more than 300 casualties each year, so ECFRS is urging residents to take extra care this autumn and winter. In Essex between July 2019 - July 2020, there were 33 house fires where candles or incense burners were involved, in some cases resulting in homelessness. The main cause for the fires were because candles were too close to flammable surfaces like curtains. 

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

“Candles in the autumn and winter can make our homes feel warmer, snug and cosy. But it is important to remember that candles are an open flame that can cause devastation if left unattended or near flammable surfaces, this is why I’m recommending that residents make changes this year. 

“We are urging people to remove the risk by swapping your wax candles for ‘flameless candles’.  Flameless candles, sometimes called LED, battery operated, or electric candles have many advantages. As the first line of defence, and to keep you and your family safe it is essential that you have working smoke alarms on every floor of your home, that are frequently tested. Smoke alarms give you an early warning sign to fire, so you have time to get out of the house, stay out and call 999 for the Fire Service.” 

If you do choose to use wax candles at home, please always follow our advice to help keep you and your family safe: 

  • Never leave candles unattended, always blow them out when you leave the room, even if it’s only for a moment 
  • Make sure candles are secured in a proper holder and are away from materials that may catch fire – like curtains, bedding and blankets  
  • Children should never be left alone with lit candles 
  • Put candles out when you leave the room, and make sure they’re put out completely at night 
  • Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times 
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, but avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping 
  • Trim the wick to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring 
  • Don’t move candles once they are lit 
  • Follow the manufacturer's recommendations on burn time and proper use 
  • Do not burn several candles close together as this might cause flaring 

For more home fire safety advice, visit: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Home_Fire_Safety 

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Fire Service celebrates National Coming Out Day Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is celebrating National Coming Out Day this Sunday (11 October) and staff in the Service’s LGBTQ+ Support Network, BEING, have been sharing their stories of coming out.

What is National Coming Out Day?

National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an annual LGBTQ+ awareness day observed on 11 October, to support those of all sexual orientations and gender identities in "coming out of the closet".

First celebrated in the United States in 1988, the initial idea was grounded in the feminist and gay liberation of the spirit of the person and the emphasis on the most basic form of activism being coming out to family, friends and colleagues, and living life as an openly LGBTQ+ person.

The foundational belief is that discrimination thrives in an atmosphere of silence and ignorance and that once people know that they have loved ones who are LGBTQ+, they are far less likely to maintain homophobic or oppressive views.

BEING is one of many staff support groups in Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and supports employees through peer support, mentoring and social networking to help create an LGBTQ+ friendly working environment.

It also aims to increase an understanding of LGBTQ+ issues within ECFRS, raise awareness of LGBTQ+ events and visibly show support to all members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is an equal opportunities employer and celebrates the diversity of its staff. If you would like to join Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, visit: join.essex-fire.gov.uk


Page last updated 9 October, 2020

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Fire Service supports World Mental Health Day Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is supporting World Mental Health day this Saturday (10 October) and is highlighting support in Essex to those who need it.

The Service is supporting a countywide campaign led by Essex County Council which aims to tackle declining mental wellbeing in the county as a result of coronavirus.

Latest figures show the number of assessments by adult mental health practitioners have increased by around 50% and referrals to mental health professionals have increased significantly. The Essex Mental Health and Wellbeing Team is also seeing its highest number of referrals since it was established.

In response, Essex County Council launched Mental Health Essex, a targeted countywide campaign that aims to reach those most at risk of suffering with mental health issues as a result of Covid-19, providing information and support.

Jo Turton, Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said: “This World Mental Health Day, we want everyone to know that they are not alone and there is support available to those who need it.

“Mental health should be taken just as seriously as physical health and if you start to notice that your mental wellbeing is declining, reach out to loved ones and head over to www.essex.gov.uk/mental-health to find support in your area. If you are worried about someone, be there for them where you can and signpost them to support.”

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “During these times when we are all concerned about our physical health due to COVID-19, it is so important for us to look after our mental health too.

“We have all been placed under enormous pressure and with the majority of us working from home, it is so easy to become and feel isolated, or struggle with the demands of childcare, families and not being able to spend time socially with all the people we want to. Many people may have been furloughed and are now possibly facing the risk of redundancy. It has been and continues to be a difficult time.

“Please take care of yourselves and each other and if you think someone is struggling, reach out to them and have a look at the range of support available in Essex: https://www.essex.gov.uk/mental-health/get-help-and-support.”

To find mental health support in your area, visit: www.essex.gov.uk/mental-health 


Page last updated 9 October, 2020

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Firefighters thank campsite after training exercise Crews from Basildon, Billericay, Brentwood and Corringham Fire Stations want to thank campsite management and staff after they took part in an exercise at Thriftwood Scout Campsite in Brentwood to test their response to a fire at the site alongside Essex Police.

On Monday morning (5 October) the crews made their way to the camp site to test their capabilities to a fire where young people were trapped.

Crews were quick to react to a fast paced exercise that saw them initially called to an automatic fire alarm which was caused by a deliberate fire to learning that young people were trapped in two of the buildings.

Firefighters tested their response while using Breathing Apparatus to search the buildings for casualties and were able to bring the casualties to safety.

Due to the rural location of the campsite, access to water was challenging and this gave firefighters the opportunity to test the capability of a new off road vehicle. Firefighters acted quickly to source water from a fishing lake.

Crew Manager Dave Garratt from Basildon Fire Station said: “We’d like to thank the team at Thiftwood Scout Campsite for being so accommodating. Testing our capabilities in almost lifelike scenarios helps us to understand where we can improve to ensure we can better protect life and property in an emergency.

“This was a great opportunity for multiple agencies to work together, allowing us to improve our joint working and understand each other’s processes and policies better.

“We hope that this exercise helped the campsite to test their own response to an incident, they were fantastic in how they gave us the relevant information to help us save the casualties and minimise damage to the property.”

Billericay Fire Station and Corringham Fire Station are recruiting on-call firefighters. If you live or work within 5 minutes of either fire station, you could be paid to protect your community as an on-call firefighter. Find out more at join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call


Page last updated 08 October, 2020

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Fire Service staff member awarded British Empire Medal Paul Pemberton BEM, Impairment and Disability Officer at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to hearing impaired people in Essex.

Paul’s amazing medal achievement was announced in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list earlier this year, in recognition for his work with people with hearing loss, who are unable to communicate by phone, websites or hear alarms, those who are at most risk in a fire.

Paul was presented with his British Empire Medal on behalf of the Queen by the Lord-Lieutenant of Essex Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst at a special socially distanced investiture ceremony at County Hall, Chelmsford, on Friday, 11 September.  Paul’s mum, Linda, had the honour to accompany him on his special day.

Paul said: ”I joined the fire service as a firefighter in 1994, my sole driving force to become a firefighter was to help people. In 2013, by chance I clicked on a website regarding sign language, this was my ‘eureka’ moment, it got me thinking, how does our fire service communicate and deliver fire safety messages to our deaf community? From that moment on I joined a sign language course, and over a short period of time I completed and passed the exams in level 1,2 and 3 for British Sign Language.

“In 2014, I put my ideas to the Service forward on how to reach and engage with the deaf community and as a result of the successful outcomes I then began my role as our Service Impairment and Disability Officer.  In the last seven years I have worked with so many people in our Service and with partner agencies and leaders in the sensory loss environment to get our Service to where we are today by helping to keep those with sensory loss safer in their homes.”

Paul added: “I was very honoured and humbled to be awarded the British Empire Medal, it was so unexpected.  When I started on this journey and learning sign language, I only ever wanted to help others and make them safer.  I really could not have achieved what I have without the support and help of everyone in our Service and the partner agencies.  It really has been a one team effort and I thank my colleagues.”

Jo Turton, Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive said: “Firstly, congratulations Paul and well done. This is a marvellous achievement and your service to others has been rightly recognised. Thank you for commitment and your ideas which have helped to make our communities safer. You are a true inspiration and have shown how much can be achieved when you’re passionate about something.”

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “On behalf of the people of Essex, I would like to wish Paul many congratulations on being awarded the British Empire Medal.

“Paul represents everything that is good about Essex. In his current role he helps some of the most vulnerable people in our community at their time of need. He has gone above and beyond to help and support those who are living with disabilities and other impairments, including hearing difficulties, keeping them safe and preventing them from coming to harm. Well done and thank you for making such a difference to people’s lives.”

In celebration of Paul’s award, he has been invited to attend The Queen’s Garden Parties in London next year.

Pictured: left to right – Paul Pemberton BEM, Paul’s mum-Linda and Lord-Lieutenant of Essex Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst.


Page last updated 5 October, 2020

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Fire in large derelict building - Warley Road, Great Warley Firefighters are currently at the scene of a large fire in Great Warley involving a derelict building.

The building, which measures approximately 20 square metres, was completely alight when crews arrived.

Firefighters have surrounded the building and are fighting the fire externally, including through the use of an aerial ladder platform which allows them to spray water onto the premises from above.

UPDATE - 9:30am

Firefighters remained at the scene overnight monitoring hotspots to ensure the scene was completely cooled. Crews left the scene at 5:30am and are revisiting regularly to monitor the scene.

UPDATE - 10.30pm

Firefighters have continued making good progress and the fire is now almost completely under control.

Two fire engines will remain at the scene extinguishing remaining hotspots and ensuring the scene is cool.

 

UPDATE - 9pm

Firefighters have reported that good progress is being made in getting the fire under control.

Around 75% of the building now remains alight. Crews are also working alongside utility companies to make sure gas and electricity supplies do not pose a risk at the scene.

 

UPDATE - 8pm

Russ Freeman, Incident Commander, said: "Firefighters are working hard to get this fire under control as quickly as possible. In the meantime if you live nearby, you will notice a lot of smoke - so please keep your windows and doors closed.

"If you are travelling through, please use an alternative route. Thank you for your patience and support."

 

** This is a live incident. Further information will be added here as it becomes available. **

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8452/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8452/ Sun, 04 Oct 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - one casualty - Main Road, Hawkwell Firefighters assisted at the scene of a road traffic collision this afternoon.

On arrival, crews advised that one person was trapped in a vehicle following the incident.

Firefighters stabilised the vehicle and released the casualty by 4pm, before leaving them in the care of the Ambulance Service.

 


Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Hawkwell firefighters who were called to this incident are on-call firefighters who live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station and are paid to protect their local community.

To find out more about the role and how you can apply, visit: join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8450/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8450/ Sun, 04 Oct 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Family led to safety from vehicle in flood water - Church Lane, A family of four were rescued by firefighters from a flooded road in Billericay this morning.

Firefighters led two adults and two children to safety after their car had become stuck in flood water.

All four people were safely out of the vehicle by 10.26am.

With more heavier rain expected throughout this weekend, please follow our advice and stay safe while driving on wet roads:

  • If you come across a flooded road, turn around and find another route
  • Do not attempt to drive through flood water - just a couple of feet of water is enough to float your vehicle
  • Reduce your speed
  • Allow extra braking distance

Driving into flood water just isn't worth it. Not only are you risking your own life, you'll also require the help of fire crews and rescue teams who could be needed elsewhere.


Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Billericay firefighters who were called to this incident are on-call firefighters who live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station and are paid to protect their local community.

To find out more about the role and how you can apply, visit: join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

 

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8449/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8449/ Sat, 03 Oct 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Man freed after car overturned - Craven Avenue, Canvey Firefighters were called to a road traffic collision in Canvey today at 8.44pm.

Crews from Canvey and Rayleigh Weir attended and found a man trapped in car, which had overturned and landed on its roof, in Craven Avenue.

A man was freed at 9.21pm and left in the care of the Ambulance Service.


Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Some of the firefighters who attended this incident were on-call firefighters - people who live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station and are paid to protect their local community.

To find out more about the role and how you can apply, visit: join.essex-fire.gov.uk/oncall

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8448/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8448/ Thu, 01 Oct 2020 09:00:00 GMT