Essex County Fire and Rescue Service http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk Essex County Fire and Rescue Service : News Feed Copyright 2022, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. Wed, 18 May 202211:31:00 GMT Road traffic collision: man rescued - A120 - Frating Firefighters rescued a man following a road traffic collision on the A120 near Frating.

Crews from Clacton, Colchester and Weeley were called today at 11.31am. On arrival, they found a car and a van were involved in the collision and a man was trapped in the car.

Crews used specialist cutting and lifting equipment to release the man and left him in the care of the Ambulance Service by 12.51pm.


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Firefighters from Weeley are on-call, they all live or work within 5 minutes of Weeley Fire Station and attend incidents.

If you live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station, you could help to protect your community too.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9051/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9051/ Wed, 18 May 2022 11:31:00 GMT
ECFRS has part-funded a sprinkler system on a charity's lightship Fellowship Afloat Charitable Trust’s (FACT) converted lightship, Trinity, is a floating residential centre which is primarily used by youngsters.

Recently the charity has upgraded the ship and installed a new sprinkler system at a cost of £20,750, of which ECFRS contributed £10,375 from its sprinkler fund.

Trinity, which is used by school, youth, church and special needs groups, can accommodate up to 48 guests in 16 cabins. Guests can try many different activities including sailing, kayaking, powerboating, dredging, a high ropes course, climbing wall, team games and archery. The charity also runs Royal Yachting Association courses.

Mike Sparrow, Fire Engineer and Enforcement Officer, said: “The lightship is an innovative idea that welcomes children from lots of different backgrounds, so we’re really glad we could help.

“It’s the first time our Service has put funding towards sprinklers on a ship. In terms of fire safety, a suppression system was the best answer. You’re basically in a metal structure so the temperate will rise very quickly in the event of a fire.

“A suppression system brings the temperature down and limits the fire to the place of origin, giving the maximum time for occupants to get off the ship.”

The sprinkler system is part of the charity’s ‘Trinity 3 project’ – a £1.7 million project which aims to increase accommodation, add a meeting area, new toilets and showers and a staircase linking all three levels of the lightship. The final part of the project, scheduled for this winter, will be to update the galley kitchen and dining area, replace the glazing and finalise the new accessible entrance.

Andrew Eastham, FACT’s Chief Executive, said: “The lightship is such an amazing place for young people to stay. It is a unique iconic facility in a beautiful location, on the Essex marshes, and a place where people can have adventures and make memories that last a lifetime.

“It’s vital to have everything in place safety wise and the sprinkler is a really important upgrade for the lightship. We are grateful to Essex County Fire and Rescue Service for its support and advice.”

The lightship was built in 1954 for Trinity House – the organisation which looks after shipping navigation marks around the UK. However, lightships were decommissioned in the Seventies and Eighties.

Fellowships Afloat Charitable Trust bought the lightship in 1988 after outgrowing the former Thames Barge activity centre.

About 2,500 people use it every year.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service provides grants of up to £50,000 per sprinkler installation project to successful not-for-profit applicants. For more information on our Service’s sprinkler fund click here.

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Shed fire spreads to bungalow - Thorpe Road, Clacton Firefighters were called to a fire in Clacton on Monday evening after a fridge freezer ignited in a shed.

Control teams were alerted after a neighbour immediately called 999 after seeing the flames. The occupant of the property was out at the time.

Crews reported on arrival that the fire had spread to the adjacent bungalow.

Firefighters worked hard to stop the fire spreading further, and managed to contain it to the external area and roof of the bungalow. The fire was extinguished by 10.56pm. The shed has been destroyed.

Gary Clarke, Watch Manager at Clacton Fire Station, said: "Crews did a brilliant job of preventing this fire from becoming even more significant.

"We believe it started after a fridge freezer in the shed, which did not have enough room for ventilation behind and around it, overheated and caught fire.

"This can happen more easily than you might think - so please, keep the area around your appliances clear. Unless they need to be kept on, turn them off when you can."

You can find more home safety advice here.


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Some of the firefighters called to this incident are on-call firefighters, who all live or work within 5 minutes of their Fire Station and attend incidents.

If you live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be an on-call firefighter too.

Find out more about the role at essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9050/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9050/ Mon, 16 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
Pushing for equality progress at emergency services IDAHOBIT event Essex’s emergency services are coming together tomorrow to push for LGBTQ+ equality progress as part of an IDAHOBIT event.

IDAHOBIT stands for the ‘International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia’ which is a globally recognised date falling on 17 May every year. 

This date was selected to mark the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseased of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1990. Since this time, the movement has gained momentum globally and is observed in many businesses and sectors. 

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, the Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Essex Police and the East of England Ambulance Service are holding a joint conference at the fire service headquarters at Kelvedon Park. It will be attended by around 80 people in person as well as being online for 150 virtual delegates.

It is the second time, the services have come together to organise a collaborative event which is being hosted by Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Jane Gardner.

Jane said: “This is a great conference and one I am proud to be able to support. We all have the right to bring our true selves to work and it is important that all our emergency services understand and reflect the breadth of people across the communities we serve. This event is an opportunity to build greater understanding, share experiences and show a commitment to support and encourage our LGBTQ+ colleagues.”

During the day delegates will hear from a range of expert speakers focusing on LGBTQ+ issues as well as taking part in breakout sessions and networking opportunities.


All three leaders of the emergency services are supporting and speaking at the event.

Rick Hylton, Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This will be the second time that our Essex emergency services have come together to recognise and celebrate IDAHOBIT day, which is testament to the ongoing work and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion matters across our services in Essex.

“I want our Service to be one of the best fire and rescue services in the UK. I want all our people to work in a high performing and inclusive environment. It’s what everyone deserves. Being the best means our communities are safe, our partners are supported and engaged, and our people can thrive.

“We can only do this if we stand shoulder to shoulder together. Sometimes there will be difficult moments, but we can keep learning, and keep pushing for progress.”


Essex Police Chief Constable BJ Harrington said: “At Essex Police we genuinely value difference and believe people from all walks of life shape our force and reflect our diverse communities.

“It is only with the support, trust and confidence of all in our community that we can police with their consent to reduce crime and make everybody safer.

“We are proud to honour this day but realise that we, as a society, still have a long way to go in protecting and serving people in the LGBTQ+ community and wider society.

“It is more important than ever to ensure we have the confidence of all communities and victims of crime, in particular where they are affected and targeted because of who they are.

“We co-ordinate a network of 850 hate crime ambassadors and 60 hate incident reporting centres throughout the county, where victims and witnesses can be supported to report hate crimes. They’ll also receive signposting to support groups and, where appropriate, to ensure we investigate crimes where they are committed.

“Remember, you can contact us on 101 or via our online live chat, open every day between 7am-11pm. In an emergency, always call 999. 

“By working together, we can make Essex free from hatred, intolerance and prejudice.”


Tom Abell, Chief Executive of EEAST, said: “We are proud to stand alongside our blue light colleagues to celebrate this important day, show our support for the LGBTQ+ community and raise awareness of the steps we can all take to progress this important agenda.

“At EEAST, we are committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion and eliminating discrimination in all forms so that we can make the Trust a better place to work and receive care. This event gives us the opportunity to learn from each other and share good practice so that we can better support and encourage our LGBTQ+ colleagues and their allies.”

People can follow #IDAHOBIT2022 to engage with the event.

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PICTURES: Burst water main affects several properties - Beckers Green Firefighters were called to the scene of a burst water main in Braintree this morning.

On arrival, crews confirmed that several properties were being affected by the water.

Road closures are currently in place for all of Beckers Green Road and much of Cressing Road (from the junction of Beckers Green Road up to the A120 roundabout).

Crews worked hard to protect properties from the excess water and ensure the water level remained under control.

At 9am, Group Manager Craig McLellan said: "Our crews are working as hard as they can to firstly control the water and secondly minimise disruption. This is a large water main that's burst, that's created a lot of standing water in the area - so we're doing everything we can to drain it as quickly as possible.

"If you're travelling nearby today, please do avoid this area. We expect these roads to be closed for some time."

At 9.30am, the water board were in attendance.

At 10.45am, firefighters were beginning to hand over the scene to Anglian Water.

Station Manager Lee Hurst said: "I'd like to thank the local community for their support this morning and recognise the hard work of our crews in managing the flow of water.

"This was a really challenging incident and we're grateful to Braintree Rugby Club for allowing us to use their pitch to help drain some of this water.

"A lot of water still remains in the area, but we are now in a position to begin handing the scene over to Anglian Water, who will be able to update on how this incident progresses. Please do keep an eye on their channels for the latest updates."

You can follow Anglian Water on Twitter, Facebook or find out the latest on their website here.


Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Firefighters called to this incident are on-call firefighters, who all live or work within 5 minutes of their Fire Station and attend incidents.

If you live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be an on-call firefighter too.

Find out more about the role at essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9049/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9049/ Sat, 14 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
Woman left homeless after kitchen fire - Brook Road, South Benfleet A woman has been left homeless after a hob ignited materials, causing a kitchen fire in a ground floor flat.

Control teams were alerted to the fire after a neighbour, who lives in the flat above, heard a smoke alarm sounding. The occupant of the flat itself was out at the time.

Crews reported on arrival that the flat was completely smoke logged.

Four animals - including a cat, puppy and two kittens - were rescued from the premises and fortunately were unharmed.

Crews extinguished the fire quickly but sadly, the flat has been destroyed by smoke damage - leaving the female occupant homeless.

Mark Taylor, Crew Manager at Rayleigh Weir Fire Station, said: "This unfortunate incident firstly demonstrates the importance of having working smoke alarms - even though the woman who lived here was out, they managed to alert the neighbours who did the right thing in calling 999 immediately.

"Sadly, it does also show how dangerous it can be to leave loose materials - whether it's washing, tea towels or anything that can easily catch fire - on or near your hob. We believe the hob was accidentally turned on, causing materials on it to ignite. It's easily done - so please keep your hob clear and don't take the risk."


Do you have working smoke alarms?

This incident highlights the importance of smoke alarms. We recommend you have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of your home to keep you and your family safe.

You can book a free Home Fire Safety visit by either popping into your local fire station, calling 0300 303 0088 or booking a visit online at essex-fire.gov.uk/book


Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Firefighters from Canvey are on-call firefighters, who all live or work within 5 minutes of Canvey Fire Station and attend incidents.

If you live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be an on-call firefighter too.

Find out more about the role at essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9048/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9048/ Sat, 14 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
Fire Museum thanks local family for loaning vintage fire engine A vintage fire engine built nearly 100 years ago has been added to Essex Fire Museum's collection.

The 1930 Albion Merryweather, which has had a colourful history and is believed to be one of the last remaining in existence, has been loaned by a local family.

William Edwards, who worked in the commercial vehicle trade in south Essex, bought the Merryweather engine more than 40 years ago for his personal collection. He passed away two years ago.

His daughter, Kim Juniper, and grandchildren, Mark and Victoria, visited the museum, based at Grays Fire Station, to hand it over.

Mark said: "My grandad kept it at the end of the garden but he was always to busy to get out with it. It's a lovely vehicle; you won't see another one in that kind of condition.

"The volunteers said they are looking forward to using it and working on it, It's great to know people are going to get some enjoyment out of it."

Built in 1930, it operated in and around Ware in Hertfordshire up until the Second World War. It was used by the National Fire Service in London during the war and returned to its original duties at Ware when the war ended.

It was taken out of service in 1948, but it's story had hardly started! Dick Brittain, from Benfleet, who owned a transport firm Essex Carriers, bought it in 1958 to enter into carnivals, rallies and festivals. He restored it to working condition, scouring Essex fire stations for replacement equipment.

He entered it in the London to Brighton vehicle rally in the late Fifties and early Sixties. The engine appeared in two films, the Galloping Major and the Faithful Carrier, featured many times on TV and was used by publicity agencies.

It was eventually sold to another collector and then made its way to Mr Edwards.

Dan Bailey, Heritage and Volunteer Lead at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We're very excited and extremely lucky to receive the Albion Merryweather fire engine.

"Our volunteers are more than a little excited with the new arrival and can't wait to start tinkering with the engine and polishing it up.

"A huge thank you to Kim, Mark and Victoria for loaning us the fire engine."

Essex Fire Museum will celebrate its 15th anniversary this June. It is one of a small number of fire museums in the country and is accredited by the Arts Council.

The museum is supported by a team of volunteers who give tours, carry out research, write articles and maintain more than 6,000 exhibits.

You can find out more about Essex Fire Museum at: www.facebook.com/EssexFireMuseum

The next open days at the museum are on Tuesday 17 May and Sunday 29 May. Please email museum@essex-fire.gov.uk to book a visit.

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Dogs, cats, birds and pigs saved from fire - Cavendish Avenue, Crews saved more than 40 animals from a fire affecting a property in Colchester.

Firefighters from Colchester and Wivenhoe were called to Cavendish Avenue today (Wednesday 11 May) at 12.28pm.

A fire had started in the garage and spread to the adjoining bungalow  and neighbours raised the alarm.

Station Manager Syd Barrett said: "No-one was in the property when the fire started, but thankfully neighbours heard the smoke alarms and noticed the smoke.

"The fire was well-developed when crews arrived. Crew Manager Jeremy Castle and his teams did a fantastic job, working extremely hard to get it under control so quickly and stop it from spreading.

"There were dogs, cats, birds, pigs, guinea pigs and a rabbit in the property and outside. Sadly, one marmoset died and I took another to a vets, but we're pleased the other animals are OK."

Firefighters rescued some of the animals and others escaped when firefighters opened doors.

The fire was fully extinguished by 1.23pm. As well as tackling the fire, crews gave oxygen therapy to a cat and one of the marmosets. 

The occupants returned home as firefighters arrived at the scene. A woman was left in the care of the Ambulance Service after breathing in smoke.

An investigation will be carried out to determine the cause.


Do you have working smoke alarms?

This incident highlights the importance of smoke alarms. We recommend you have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of your home to keep you and your family safe.

You can book a free Home Fire Safety visit by either popping into your local fire station, calling 0300 303 0088 or booking a visit online at essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9047/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9047/ Wed, 11 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
Neighbours raise alarm after flat fire - Wimbourne, Laindon Crews extinguished a fire in a flat in Laindon and rescued a dog after a neighbour raised the alarm.

Firefighters from Basildon were called to Wimbourne today (Wednesday 11 May) at 5.55am after a resident heard a smoke alarm in a neighbouring ground floor flat - and their own carbon monoxide alarm was also sounding 

When crews arrived, they could smell smoke and feel heat on the neighbouring flat's door.

They forced entry, extinguished a fire in the kitchen and used a fan to clear the smoke.

Crews also rescued a dog from the flat, as the owners were out at the time. The fire was fully extinguished by 6.46am.

It is believed the fire was caused by an electrical fault with a fridge/freezer and spread to cardboard and cereal boxes on top of it.

The flat was completely filled with smoke, although fire and heat damage was limited to the kitchen.


Do you have working smoke alarms?

This incident highlights the importance of smoke alarms. We recommend you have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of your home to keep you and your family safe.

You can book a free Home Fire Safety visit by either popping into your local fire station, calling 0300 303 0088 or booking a visit online at essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9046/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9046/ Wed, 11 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
Electrical fault causes flat fire - Chinook, Colchester Crews were called to a flat fire in Chinook, Colchester this morning after an electrical fault caused a fire.

On arrival, crews reported that smoke was coming out of the windows of a first floor flat.

Firefighters entered the flat wearing Breathing Apparatus to rescue anyone who could be trapped inside.

Crews searched the property and thankfully nobody was inside.

Firefighters extinguished the fire by 9:53am.

Crews believe the fire was caused by a faulty appliance in the kitchen.

Register your appliances today

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Registermyappliance.org.uk lets you put in your appliance model info and contact details so that, should there ever be safety issues around your white goods, you’ll be made aware and can safely send them off for recall.

You can register appliances that are up to 12 years old with almost all manufacturers.  You can register new and second hand appliances.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9045/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9045/ Mon, 09 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
Man rescued after becoming unwell while working at height - Tilbury Firefighters helped to rescue a man who became unwell while working at height at Tilbury Docks this morning.

On arrival, crews worked with partners in the Port of Tilbury Police, the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust and the site management staff to move containers around in order to access the man.

Using an Aerial Ladder Platform, crews were able to assess the man alongside the Ambulance Service.

He was brought to safety by 10:02am and was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9044/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9044/ Mon, 09 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
£1.4 million investment to improve Shoeburyness Fire Station Residents and businesses in Shoeburyness and its surrounding areas will have a new, modern fire station and community building thanks to investment from the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex.

 

The fire station, in Shoebury High Street, will be fully developed into a state-of-the-art facility for our firefighters and the local community, including the current building and extending into the former police station.

 

Work started on the new building on Tuesday 3rd May and will last around 12 months. The fire appliance will be based under a mile away at the TreeFella in Wakering Road and crews will operate from there until the station is ready.

 

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Roger Hirst, said: “We have been investing heavily in our people, our IT and our key stations so we can provide the best possible service to the public. The investment in Shoeburyness Station is a significant commitment and will enable the use of better equipment and help our firefighters deliver the excellent prevention, protection and response service that the community deserve.”

 

Station Manager Kerry Taylor said: “This is exciting news as it means Shoebury will have a new station that is fit for purpose for a modern fire and rescue service.

“Residents do not need to be concerned as our crews have a temporary base in Shoebury just under a mile away so our coverage of the area will not be affected during the building work. Parts of the station date back to the First World War and it has been at the heart of the community for decades. This works shows our long-term commitment to Shoebury and the local area. Once the new station is built we hope to be able to once again hold events for the community and it will be a building everyone can be proud of.”

 

He added: “We appreciate that residents may feel worried but we will still be there to keep them safe and will keep any disruption caused by the work to a minimum. We’d also like to thank TreeFella for its support.”

 

 

Justin Benson-Ryal, Group Manager, South East Group, said: “Our new fire station marks a significant investment ensuring we have state-of-the-art facilities to carry out our work and continue our training. It will incorporate all the best practice around firefighters’ health and wellbeing and will also provide excellent training facilities for our staff which will ensure the continuation of the excellent service we provide to the community. Work beginning on site marks the culmination of many years of planning and I very much look forward to seeing the project beginning to take shape.”

 

Shoeburyness Fire Station is a fire station where on-call firefighters are paid to protect their local community by responding to incidents when paged. If you live or work within five minutes of Shoeburyness Fire Station, you could be an on-call firefighter.

 

Find out more about the role by visiting join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call/shoeburyness/ 

 

Alternatively people can check out join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call to find out more about being an on-call firefighter. 

 

Watch: https://youtu.be/6KpJWyU_DUI

 


 

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Fire in ground floor flat - Witchards, Basildon Crews extinguished a fire in a ground floor flat in Basildon after a resident raised the alarm.

Firefighters from Basildon and Corringham were called to Witchards today at 2.54am after someone in an adjacent flat reported smelling smoke.

Crews found a fire in the lounge, caused by an electric golf trolley battery overheating after it was left on charge. No-one was in the flat at the time. 

Temporary Watch Manager John-Paul Charters said: "We'd like to thank the resident for raising the alarm. It meant we were able to quickly extinguish the fire before it spread to the rest of the property or the adjoining flats.

"The incident is a reminder to make sure you unplug electric appliances when they're not in use and not to leave items on charge for long periods."

Crews fully extinguished the fire by 3.41am and used fans to clear the smoke.


Do you have working smoke alarms?

The flat involved in this incident did not have smoke alarms. We recommend you have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of your home to keep you and your family safe.

You can book a free Home Fire Safety visit by either popping into your local fire station, calling 0300 303 0088 or booking a visit online at essex-fire.gov.uk/book


Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Firefighters from Corringham are on-call Firefighters, who all live or work within 5 minutes of Corringham Fire Station and attend incidents.

If you live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be an on-call firefighter too.

Find out more about the role at essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9043/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9043/ Sat, 07 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
Do you include people with reduced hearing in your fire risk This Deaf Awareness Week, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is raising awareness of safety measures to make sure people with reduced hearing can be alerted to fire.

The Service’s Protection team works with businesses to make sure steps are taken to reduce the risk of fire to keep staff and customers safe.

Their advice below can help you create your fire risk assessment while considering people with reduced hearing.

If you need any business fire safety advice, the Service’s fire safety officers can help. Please contact your local team at: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Business_Safety/

Fire Risk Assessment

As a part of your fire risk assessment, you must identify those at risk if there is a fire.

To do this you need to include all staff members working in your premises,

members of public, customers, contractors who are in the premises. You should consider all the people who use the premises, paying particular attention to people who may require special assistance with evacuation, this includes people who have are deaf or have reduced hearing.

You may need to discuss their individual needs and complete a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP).

When arranging a PEEP for someone who is deaf or has reduced hearing, the following points should be discussed:

  • Does a person ever work alone in the building?
  • Does a person work in isolated areas?
  • Does a person work out of hours?
  • Can a person hear the fire alarm?
  • Are there any other staff members / fire marshals who can alert a person?

In circumstances where evacuation procedures involve other people present at the premises, who can alert people with reduced hearing conventional audible alarm signals will not require any special provisions for warning of fire.

The same rule will apply with regard to people with reduced hearing who have sufficiently clear perception of some types of conventional audible alarm signals.

In situations where deaf or people with reduced hearing working in isolated areas, out of hours, or move around there are other types of devices available to alert them in case of a fire such as Visual Alarm Devices (VADs).

If they sleep in the building, tactile devices, with or without associated visual alarm devices, might need to be considered.

These devices, which can, for example, be placed under pillows or mattresses, may be wired into fire alarm device circuits or be triggered by radio signals.

Alarm devices for people who are deaf or have reduced hearing can be fixed, movable and portable.

British Standard 5839-1 provides further guidance and specifications in terms of fire alarm warnings for people who are Deaf and have reduced hearing.

Additionally Approved Document M to the Building Regulations in England and Wales provides guidance on the provision of visual alarm devices intended to warn people who are Deaf and have reduced hearing in the event of a fire for compliance with building regulations.

If you or someone you know has reduced hearing, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service offers free home fire safety advice to all Essex residents. The team can visit your home to help you prevent fire risks in your home and to make sure you would be alerted with smoke alarms. The Service offers sensory smoke alarms for people who might not be raised by an audible alarm.

To speak to book a home fire safety visit or speak to the team, visit: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book or call 0300 303 0088

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Firefighters urge people not to climb on rocks after late night Firefighters are warning people of the dangers of climbing coastal rocks after rescuing a man in Clacton last night.

Our crews and colleagues from the coastguard were called to the pier at 22.39 following reports a man had slipped on the rocks and had got stuck in the breakwater.

The tide was coming in and firefighters used straps to pull him out. Fortunately he was not badly hurt.

Clacton Crew Manager Andrew Deex said: “He had been there quite a while. He had been sitting on the rocks, dropped his mobile phone in between the gaps and had got stuck when he tried to retrieve it. Luckily he had someone with him who called for help, otherwise it could have been a very different story. It was dark and the tide was coming in.”

Andrew added: “We would urge people not to climb on rocks by the sea, especially at night.”

For more water safety advice go to our website.

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Could a spring clean save your life? This month, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging everyone to tidy their escape routes to ensure they are clear if needed in an emergency.

As part of the Fire Kills campaign, we are asking people to clear the clutter that may be blocking escape routes and to make sure their family knows how to get out, stay out, and call 999 in the event of a fire. 

We are also urging residents to test their smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms are regularly the heroes in a fire, giving people the warning they need to get out of their home in a fire. 

We recommend you have at least one smoke alarm on every level of the house and that you test them at least once a month. If they’re not working, you can contact the Home Fire Safety team for advice at essex-fire.gov.uk/book.

Keeping your escape routes clear can help you escape quickly in an emergency. If there is a fire in your home, it’s likely that you won’t be able to see as well through the smoke and will need to be able to head straight to the doors out of your house with no obstacles in your way.

Ian Adams, Assistant Director (Area Manager) Prevention and Protection at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said: “Just two to three breaths of toxic smoke could leave you unconscious, so every second counts when escaping a fire. Having working smoke alarms and knowing the escape plan in an emergency could make all the difference.”


Here are some simple steps to help keep you and your family safe:

1. Think about how you’d all get out in case of a fire, making an escape plan and practicing it will help ensure that everyone can get out, stay out and call 999 

2. Fit at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home so smoke can reach the alarms quicker giving you more warning time

3. Test your smoke alarms monthly. Smoke alarms can save your life, but only if they work

4. Clear your escape routes. Make sure you’re able to escape without tripping over to ensure a speedy exit

5. Keep your door and window keys in a known and accessible place. Make sure everyone knows where the door and window keys are kept so they can reach them easily and get out quicker in case of a fire

Work with your family to create an escape plan and make sure everyone knows how to get out of the house when they hear the smoke alarms going off.

For more home fire safety advice, visit our Home Safety Advice webpage.

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Storeroom fire, safety advice issued - The Street, Rayne Crews from Braintree and Great Baddow have been praised for their quick response after they stopped a fire in a storeroom from spreading to a thatched building in Rayne last night.

Firefighters were called to The Street at 8.54pm and found a fire in a two metre by four metre store room in the back of a function room at the rear of the premises.

Thanks to their swift actions, firefighters contained the fire to the storeroom and stopped it spreading. 

Watch Manager Paul Speller from Great Baddow said: “Braintree were on scene first and thanks to the swift actions of Crew Manager Paul Mayes and his team, they stopped the fire spreading to a nearby building which had a thatched roof. Fortunately the damage was contained to the storeroom, with smoke damage to the function room but it could have been a very different story.”

The cause of the fire has been recorded as accidental. The fire was extinguished by 9.52pm.

We want to use this incident as an opportunity highlight the dangers to people of using appliances like tumble dryers in storerooms or outbuildings where they can’t keep an eye on them.

Paul added: “We would urge anybody using a tumble dryer to make sure they clean the filters after every use. It’s important to remove any build up of fluff regularly. Never leave them on unattended or overnight.”

Our top tips for using a tumble dryer safely are:

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Don’t use tumble dryers at night or while unattended
  • Clean the filters after each use to ensure they do not become blocked with fluff
  • Items should be removed from the dryer immediately after the cycle and shaken loose to assist cooling
  • Ensure that the appliance has its own plug socket. Do not overload extension leads. Ensure that no more than 13 amps are in any one plug socket.

Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Firefighters from Braintree and Great Baddow fire stations are on-call firefighters - they live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station and attend incidents when paged.

If you live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be paid to protect your community.

Find out more about the role at join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

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Safety advice issued after kitchen fire - Little Thurrock, Grays Firefighters have issued safety advice following a kitchen fire in Little Thurrock, Grays, last night.

Crews were called at 9.53pm to a kitchen fire after a smoke alarm alerted the occupants and they were able to get out of the property and dial 999.

Watch Manager Gary Banninster from Grays said: “The fire started in the kitchen but as the kitchen door was closed it helped to contain it to one room. The smoke alarms gave warning and meant they could get out and call us.” 

The cause of the fire has been determined as accidental. The kitchen was badly damaged and firefighters used specialist fans to clear the smoke from the rest of the property

Gary added: “Our advice is to make sure you have a working smoke alarm fitted on all levels of your home and test them regularly, close internal doors when you go to bed and never leave appliances like dishwashers or washing machines on overnight.”

For more safety advice check out our home safety tips on our website

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Fire in industrial unit - River Way, Harlow We have returned to the industrial unit in River Way, Harlow, following reports of smoke from the building. 

On arrival, crews found there was a remaining hot spot from the fire which had occurred there earlier this week. The seat of the fire was in an unstable part of the damaged building. 

We used a drone to assess the incident and are continuing to monitor the site and dampen down.

Details of the fire earlier this week can be viewed on our incidents page.

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Fire service offers free sensory smoke alarms for people with reduced

This Deaf Awareness Week, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is raising awareness of its free offer to fit sensory smoke alarms that can alert people with reduced hearing to a fire in their home.  

The Fire Service offers a free home visit to all Essex residents where staff visit your home to give safety advice on how to prevent a fire. 

You can book a free visit for yourself or someone you know by calling 0300 303 0088 or by visiting www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

When booking your visit, a member of the team will ask a series of questions to understand your level of vulnerability to a fire and to see if you need smoke alarms fitted at the property. The Fire Service recommends you have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of your home and can supply and fit smoke alarms as well as sensory smoke alarms for free if required. 

A sensory smoke alarm is fitted to the ceiling in the same way as a regular smoke alarm and is wirelessly linked to an additional device.

This device is placed in the line of vision of the person who requires the sensory alarm while in bed (i.e. on the bedside table or wall-mounted nearby). 

This additional device is attached to a vibrating pad that is placed underneath a pillow in the bed. 

Multiple linked alarms can be placed throughout the home, so that all alarms activate in the event of one alarm being set off. 

When a smoke alarm on the ceiling is activated, a high-intensity flashing strobe light is set off inside the bed-side device and subsequently, the pad will vibrate underneath the pillow, alerting the person and enabling them to be aware of what actions they need to take which may involve evacuating the property. 

Between April 2021 and March 2022, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s Prevention team fitted 7,540 smoke alarms and 1,125 sensory alarms. 

Paul Pemberton, Inclusive Prevention and Partnership Manager at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said: “We recommend that every home has at least one working smoke alarm on every level of the property. 

“We understand that many of our residents might not be able to hear a regular smoke alarm. Essex has one of the highest numbers of sensory impaired communities across the country outside of Metropolitan areas and it’s important that we recognise that the standard smoke alarms we provide might not be suitable for all our residents in Essex. Whether that’s because of their reduced hearing ability, or maybe medication that they take, it would make it harder for them to be alerted by just an audible smoke alarm on its own. 

“We want to make sure that everyone in our county has the same protection from working smoke alarms. We work with numerous partners to provide the appropriate solutions and equipment to alert someone in the event of a fire, if they would have difficulty in doing so. 

“Make sure to test your smoke alarms regularly, we recommend at least once a month. Check in on family and friends who might not be able to test their smoke alarms as easily as others, or not at all.” 

If you want to book a free home fire safety visit for yourself or someone you know, please call 0300 303 0088 or visit www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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