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. Thu, 11 Aug 202213:50:00 GMT Field fire on Canvey Island - Roscommon Way, Canvey Island Crews were called to Roscommon Way on Canvey Island at 1:50pm.

On arrival, Firefighters confirmed 10 hectacres of scrubland was alight.

This is an on-going incident. The fire is surrounded and under control.

There are several road closures in place while we continue to tackle the fire. Please avoid the area if possible,

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9159/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9159/ Thu, 11 Aug 2022 13:50:00 GMT
Vehicle fire - Harwich Road, Great Oakley Update 5:30pm

Crews are working with site staff to make the scene safe after a tanker caught fire.

The fire is out and there is no immediate hazard to the wider community. Road closures are now being lifted.

Group Manager Danny Partridge, Incident Commander said: “Thank you to residents for their patience and keeping windows and doors closed in this hot weather and to the site staff for their help during this incident.”

Crews expect to remain on scene for the next area working to make the site safe.


Crews were called to a vehicle fire fire in Harwich Road, Great Oakley at 1:22pm.

On arrival, crews reported that the brakes of a tanker were on fire.

Crews have extinguished the fire and are working to suppress the product that has leaked.

If you live nearby, please continue to keep your windows and doors shut and please avoid the area if you can.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9158/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9158/ Wed, 10 Aug 2022 13:50:00 GMT
Three people rescued following house fire - Bramble Road, Firefighters were called to a fire in Southend-On-Sea yesterday morning when a smoke alarm alerted a family to a fire in their home.

On arrival, crews confirmed that there was a fire in the living and dining area, and three people were inside.

Firefighters used a triple extension ladder to assist two adults and a child to safety, then worked quickly to extinguish the fire by 8:54am

Station Manager, Mark Elliott, said: “I want to thank our fantastic control team who provided vital safety advice to keep the family safe while we made our way to the incident yesterday morning. I’d also like to praise the crews who worked really hard to prevent the fire from spreading through the house.

“Unfortunately, the family have been left homeless as a result of the fire, but we’re pleased to report that nobody was hurt.”

An investigation determined that the cause of the fire was accidental.

Do you have working smoke alarms in your home?

Smoke alarms save lives. They can alert you and your family to a fire in your home, giving you enough time to get to safety.

If you or someone you know doesn’t have working smoke alarms at home, please get in touch with our Service. Visit essex-fire.gov.uk/book or call 0300 303 0088.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9160/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9160/ Wed, 10 Aug 2022 13:50:00 GMT
PHOTOS: Field fire in Southend - Garons Park, Southend-On-Sea Firefighters were called to a field fire in Southend earlier today.

On arrival, crews confirmed that a fire was affecting an area of grassland and trees measuring 200m x 200m.

Firefighters used water and beaters to extinguish the fire by 6:11pm.

Crews believe this fire may have been started deliberately.

Could you be a FireStopper?

FireStoppers is part of CrimeStoppers which focuses solely on preventing fires across the UK.

We want the public to use FireStoppers to report information that could prevent a fire from occurring; it’s all anonymous. It’s not for reporting any blame, it’s to help us to prevent the fires from happening.

We all have an important role to play to keep our communities safer. Contact FireStoppers via their website: forms.theiline.co.uk/firestoppers

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9157/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9157/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 13:50:00 GMT
PHOTOS: Field fire near M25 - M25 Junction 26 - 25, Waltham Abbey Update 6:30pm

Essex crews have left the scene of this incident.

Five crews from Essex were called to assist on the border of London, Herfordshire and Essex on the M25 between Junction 26-25 where ten crews from London and two crews from Herfordshire were dealing with a field fire that had spread.

Crews worked together to surround the fire and are now monitoring hotspots.

Station Manager Dave Bond said: “This was a great partnership effort between colleagues in Essex, London and Herfordshire. Crews worked quickly to contain this fire and prevent it spreading further.”


Five crews are currently at the scene of a field fire near the M25 Junction 26 - 25 at Waltham Abbey.

Firefighters have surrounded a large shrubland fire. 

Two lanes of the M25 have been closed while we deal with this incident. 

Station Manager Dave Bond said: "We expect to be at the scene for several hours, if you can avoid the area, please do. Rest assured we’re dealing with this as quickly as we can and appreciate the disruption this is causing to drivers. Thank you for your patience."


Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Firefighters who attended this incident from Epping Fire Station are on-call firefighters, who live or work within 5 minutes of the station and are paid to protect their community.

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

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

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9155/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9155/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 13:50:00 GMT
PHOTO: Field fire near the M11 - M11, Chigwell Firefighters were called to a field fire near the M11 in Chigwell earlier today.

Our Control Room sent four crews to the scene to contain the fire and prevent it spreading near the M11.

Firefighters extinguished the fire by 2pm.

Please avoid having bonfires in this hot and dry weather.

Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Firefighters who attended this incident from Epping Fire Station are on-call firefighters, who live or work within 5 minutes of the station and are paid to protect their community.

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

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

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9156/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9156/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 13:50:00 GMT
Fire Service urges people to stay safe and enjoy #FireFreeFun With the hot and dry conditions continuing, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is working incredibly hard to keep everyone who lives, works and travels in Essex safe.

The Service wants to thank the people of Essex for their support so far in doing everything they can to avoid fires from happening but are now calling for everyone to be especially careful over the next few days as temperatures are set to rise again.

Firefighters are urging people to have #FireFreeFun until there is a prolonged period of rain, and avoid having barbecues, using chimineas, or setting off fireworks and sky lanterns.

The Service has also seen an increase in deliberate fires, which is usual during the summer months, and is encouraging people to use FireStoppers.

Managed by CrimeStoppers, FireStoppers is an anonymous way to report what people know about deliberate fire setting in their area. It’s not for reporting any blame, it’s for the Service to prevent the fires from happening.

People can call FireStoppers on 0800 169 5558 or report online.

Area Manager Neil Fenwick said: “The people of Essex have really helped us so far. We are prepared for an increase in fires due to the hot weather and have already been dealing with an extremely high level of demand, but we really need the public to help us, especially over the next few days when temperatures are set to rise again.

“We don’t want to stop people enjoying themselves but please do really think about whether it is necessary to have a barbecue or use a chiminea, and definitely think again about setting off fireworks or sky lanterns.

“The prolonged dry conditions mean that even the smallest fire can spread extremely quickly, we saw at the weekend in Chelmsford when a chiminea accidentally caught alight, affecting the gardens of 15 homes and 40 people having to be evacuated from their homes. Ask yourself, is it really worth taking that chance?”


In hot and dry weather, people can help prevent fires if they:

  • Don’t have bonfires/campfires
  • Don’t have barbecues
  • Make sure cigarettes are put out properly
  • Don’t leave glass bottles in the sun 

Many people will be heading out to Essex beaches, rivers and other waterside locations to cool down over the next few days. Please always follow the Water Safety Code when around water: 

STOP and THINK
Look for dangers. Always read and follow local safety signs.

STAY TOGETHER
Arrange to go with family or friends, and always swim at a lifeguarded location.

In an emergency:

CALL 999
Never enter the water in an attempt to rescue.
If inland, ask for the Fire Service. If at the coast, ask for the Coastguard.

FLOAT TO LIVE
Keep calm. Lean back, and use your arms and legs to help you float. Get control of your breathing and call for help. If you can, swim to safety.

To read more about water safety, visit the water safety advice page.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Fire_Service_urges_people_to_stay_safe_and_enjoy_FireFreeFun/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Fire_Service_urges_people_to_stay_safe_and_enjoy_FireFreeFun/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
PHOTOS: 15 homes evacuated as garden fire spreads out of control - Crews were called to Greenwood Close this evening, when a garden caught alight and spread quickly to a group of conifer trees, destroying multiple gardens.

On arrival, firefighters confirmed that there was a well developed fire affecting gardens of approximately fifteen houses as well as multiple sheds, outbuildings and a group of conifer trees. Around 40 people were evacuated from their homes as a safety precaution.

Crews worked hard to extinguish the fire by 11:08pm.

Essex Police were at the scene and East of England Ambulance Service provided first aid to seven people as a result of the incident.

Unfortunately, a number of gardens have been destroyed and fifteen homes have suffered damage to exterior walls, windows and guttering.

A fire investigation is being carried out to determine the cause of the fire.

Area Manager, Neil Fenwick, said: “While summer weather usually provides the perfect opportunity to host a barbecue or gather around a chiminea in the evening, we’re strongly discouraging people from having any kinds of fires at the moment.

“The ground across Essex is extremely dry allowing fires to spread easily and quickly. This is true for gardens as well as fields and heathland.

"Please help us to help you. Please don’t have barbecues or bonfires. Please don’t use fireworks or set off sky lanterns. Doing so could cause a large scale fire like the one we’ve seen this evening.”


Update 7 August 2022: A fire investigation has been carried out and concludes that the fire was caused accidentally, by a chiminea. 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9154/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9154/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
Occupants left homeless following fire in roof space - Church Hill, Firefighters were called to a fire in a property in Loughton at 11:03pm, when a fire started on the third floor.

On arrival, crews confirmed that there was a fire in the roof space and worked quickly to extinguish it by 12:27am.

Unfortunately, the roof suffered significant damage and the occupants have sadly been left homeless.

Crew Manager at Loughton, Andrew Stone, said “We’re urging smokers to ensure their cigarettes are properly extinguished. A lit cigarette can cause fires which can spread quickly.

"Thanks to London Fire Brigade for their assistance last night. The crews did a great job to contain the fire and prevent additional damage to the property. Fortunately nobody was injured, but incidents like these really highlight how important it is to extinguish cigarettes properly.”

These simple steps can help prevent a cigarette fire in the home: 

  • Never smoke in bed. Take care when you’re tired – it’s very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning and set furniture alight 
  • Never smoke when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If your lit cigarette starts a fire you could be less able to escape
  • Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished 
  • Never leave lit cigarettes, or other smoking materials unattended – they can easily overbalance as they burn down
  • Use a proper, heavy ashtray that can’t tip over easily and is made of a material that won’t burn
  • It's safer to smoke outside, but make sure cigarettes are put right out and disposed of properly
  • Never smoke if you use healthcare equipment like medical oxygen or an air flow pressure relief mattress. If you use paraffin-based emollient creams, ask for non-flammable alternatives instead. If you or someone else you care for continues to smoke, then consider additional safety measures such as fire retardant bedding or nightwear
  • A lot of people make the switch from smoking to vaping, but even vaping has fire safety risks - the risks around vaping tend to come from counterfeit or faulty products, and poor charging practices 
  • Fit a smoke alarm and test it monthly. A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999

Do you have working smoke alarms in your home?

Smoke alarms save lives. They can alert you and your family to a fire in your home, giving you enough time to escape safely.

If you or someone you know doesn’t have working smoke alarms, please get in touch. Visit essex-fire.gov.uk/book or call 0300 303 0088.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9153/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9153/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
PHOTOS: Fire breaks out in Garons Park - Garons Park, Southend-On-Sea Crews were called to grass fire in Garons Park in Southend earlier today.

On arrival, firefighters confirmed that approximately two hectares of grass and heathland were alight.

Crews used hose reels and water backpack to extinguish the fire by 6:20pm.

We believe this fire may have been caused deliberately. 

Could you be a FireStopper?

FireStoppers is part of CrimeStoppers which focuses solely on preventing fires across the UK.

We want the public to use FireStoppers to report information that could prevent a fire from occurring; it’s all anonymous. It’s not for reporting any blame, it’s to help us to prevent the fires from happening.

We all have an important role to play to keep our communities safer. Contact FireStoppers via their website: forms.theiline.co.uk/firestoppers

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9152/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9152/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
Fireworks cause garden fire in Broomfield - Main Road, Broomfield Crews were called to property in Broomfield, Chelmsford last night after a home firework display caused a garden fire.

Firefighters were called to Main Road at 10:47pm.

On arrival, crews confirmed fireworks had set a large section of grass alight.

Firefighters worked hard to extinguish the fire by 11:18pm.

Watch Manager at Chelmsford Fire Station, Andy Edwards, said: “During extended spells of dry weather, we’re discouraging people from using fireworks at home. With lots of dry grass and fields across Essex, the risks are higher and the incident last night is a perfect example of how easily a fire can start in dry conditions.

“Fortunately, nobody was harmed and we were able to put the fire out quickly but this isn’t always the case.

“Please avoid using fireworks at home. And, if you really feel you need to, please make sure you have buckets of sand and plenty of water available.”

For more advice on using fireworks safely, visit our website: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/fireworks

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9151/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9151/ Thu, 04 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
Gas leak following road traffic collision - Dunmow Road, Takeley Update 7:30pm

Crews have left the scene in the care of Cadent gas.


Crews are currently at a gas leak in Dunmow Road, Takeley following a road traffic collision.

The road is closed between the Takeley traffic lights and the Four Ashes Pub.

Please avoid the area while crews deal with this incident.

Firefighters were called to the scene after a two vehicle road traffic collision where one of the vehicles collided with a gas main.

A 100 metre cordon has been set up in the area.

Six businesses and two houses within a 50 metre cordon have been evacuated as a safety precaution.

Our partners in Cadence Gas are in attendance and will need to dig up the road to access the mains.

Crews will remain on scene for safety precautions until the gas supply has been turned off.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9150/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9150/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
Large field fire - Harwich Road, Ardleigh Update 6:15pm

The fire is now out and crews expect to remain on scene for a few more hours while they dampen the area down. The incident has been scaled down to four crews.

Three large fields were affected by the fire which spread in windy conditions across the road.

Crews believe the fire was caused after a combine harvester malfunctioned.

Station Manager Nick Singleton said: “Crews worked really hard under arduous and windy conditions to prevent the fire spreading. We had a thatched cottage and stables nearby and by putting a fire break in, we were able to prevent it from spreading to those buildings.

“We’d like to thank our colleagues in Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service who sent a crew from Holbrook and two crews from Princes Street. We’d also like to thank the farmers who helped us on scene with their machinery.”


Ten crews and number of off-road vehicles are currently at the scene of a large field fire near Harwich Road, Ardleigh.

If you live or work nearby, please keep your windows and doors closed as there is lots of smoke coming from the scene. Please avoid the area while we deal with this incident.

On arrival, crews reported that a large field and scrubland was on fire.

Crews have contained the fire and are working to extinguish it.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9149/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9149/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
Fire in an industrial unit - Motherwell Way, Thurrock Update 7:30pm

Crews have now left the scene after monitoring hotspots and dampening down the scene throughout the day.

An investigation into the cause of the fire was carried out and found it was caused accidentally.

Update 9am

The incident has been scaled down to two fire engines and an Aerial Ladder Platform.

Crews are currently damping down the scene and monitoring hotspots.

The building and a number of vehicles inside were destroyed in the fire.

We'll be working with Extreme Rescue to dismantle the building to dampen any remaining hot spots and make the scene safe.


Firefighters are currently at the scene of an industrial unit fire in Motherwell Way, Thurrock.

If you live or work in the area, please keep your windows and doors closed as there’s lots of smoke coming from the scene.

On arrival, crews reported that an industrial unit - measuring 20 metres by 40 metres - was heavily smoke logged with cylinders inside the unit.

Crews are making steady progress to extinguish the fire in sections.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9147/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9147/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
Fire Investigation and Search dogs pass relicensing tests Fire Investigation and Search dogs Fizz, Jarvis and Bailey have passed their annual relicensing tests alongside their handler, Graham Currie.

Jim Beaird, lead instructor from the Essex Police Dog Unit, put Graham, sprocker spaniel Fizz, cocker spaniel Jarvis and Labrador Bailey through their paces. They completed a series of tasks at the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) site in Lexden and a nearby 22-acre woodland as part of the National Police Chiefs Council's live Scent and Fire Investigation accreditation.

It was Bailey's first official test since joining the Service from the Dog's Trust last year - and he passed with flying colours!

Graham said: "It's amazing how far he's come from being written off - he's the most natural search dog I've ever seen.

"The accreditation means Bailey is now able to search for vulnerable missing persons. He's got more training and tests over the coming months, including searching underground, in tunnels and at height, but he's turning out to be the mos lovely dog.

"Thank you to Andy Comrie and Tom Jewell from our USAR team for being 'bodies' for the dogs to find; we wouldn't have been able to do it without their help.

"Thanks for Andy Nash, from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, who took part with his dog Axel, to Graham Howlett, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service's dog handler, for setting up the process, and to Jim Beaird from Essex Police, for carrying our the accreditation."

Graham, Fizz, Jarvis and Bailey are all based at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service's USAR site in Lexden, Colchester.

Jarvis, nine, completed his training as a Search and Rescue Dog inn April 2019, Fixx, five, joined as ECFRS's first ever Fire Investigation Dog in 2020 and Bailey, two, also a Search and Rescue Dog, joined the team last year.

Bailey came from the Dogs Trust in Loughborough and is racing through his learning.

Jarvis attends search and rescue incidents in Essex and across the UK, and is part of International Search and Rescue (ISAR). Essex County Fire and Rescue Service are hoping Bailey will follow in his footsteps.

Fizz is trained to identify up to 30 flammable substances that can start fires to assist with fire and criminal investigations. She has proved invaluable in helping to establish the causes of fires and in providing the police with evidence for prosecutions. 

 

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Fire_Investigation_and_Search_dogs_pass_relicensing_tests/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Fire_Investigation_and_Search_dogs_pass_relicensing_tests/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
Residents evacuated following fire in Great Bentley - Flag Hill, Update 9:30pm

Two crews remain at the scene dampining down the area and monitoring hotspots. 

Update 6:30pm

Firefighters have surrounded the fire and are working to extinguish it in sections.

The fire started in a field and in windy conditions, it spread across to a second field and to outbuildings. Two crews on scene requested the assistance of two further crews and an off-road vehicle.

If you live in the area, please keep your windows and doors shut as lots of smoke is coming from the scene.


Firefighters were called to a fire on Flag Hill in Great Bentley at 2:45pm this afternoon.

On arrival, crews confirmed a well-developed fire was affecting fields, outbuildings and vehicles.

Essex Police are on the scene and have closed Flag Hill while we work to extinguish the fire. As a precautionary measure, residents in properties surrounding the fire have been evacuated and UK Power Network have isolated the supply of electricity to the area.

We expect disruption to traffic to continue for some time and we're urging people to avoid the area where possible.

Local residents are asked to keep windows and doors closed as there is a lot of smoke in the area.

This is an on-going incident; further updates to follow.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9146/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9146/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
PHOTOS: Field fire in Boxted - Burnt Dick Hill, Boxted We were called to Burnt Dick Hill, Boxted at 1:15pm.

On arrival, crews confirmed there was a field fire involving approximately 50 acres of straw.

Firefighters used hose reels and beaters to extinguish the fire by 3:08pm.

Three hectares of standing crop was affected.

The cause of the fire is unknown but not being treated as suspicious.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9145/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9145/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
Field fire near the A414 - Roding View, Ongar Firefighters were called to a large field fire just after 4pm.

We received a number of calls to this incident as the wind was blowing the smoke across the A414. Due to the smoke affecting drivers, we worked with Essex Police to close parts of the A414.

Crews reported that approximately 30 acres of stubble was on fire.

Firefighters worked to prevent the fire from spreading to a neighbouring field and extinguished the fire by 6pm.

Crews stayed on scene until 7pm damping the area down.

Station Manager Ean Summerfield said: “Crews worked quickly in very hot conditions to prevent this fire spreading beyond the field it was contained in.

“We’d like to thank the drivers on the A414 for their patience while we dealt with this incident. The smoke was making it dangerous for driving and while we appreciate this disrupted lots of people, their safety was our priority.”

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9144/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i9144/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station converts to an on-call fire station South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station has taken its next step to becoming an on-call fire station, thanks to the support of the local community who have applied to join the team and the commitment of the staff at the station.

As of today (1 August) it will become an on-call fire station, meaning firefighters - who all live or work within five minutes of the fire station - will respond from home or work at all times. They never know what they could be called to, it could be a fire, a road traffic collision or even an animal rescue. It could be a call in South Woodham Ferrers or it could be to assist crews further afield.

A number of wholetime firefighters will also support the fire station’s transition while some of the station's newer on-call firefighters continue their training. 

Station Manager Dan Wastell said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has applied to join our team and to our firefighters that have been supporting their community in South Woodham Ferrers for a number of years. We’ve got a great team of eight on-call firefighters with another five in the pipeline to join us throughout the year.

“Our on-call firefighters in Essex are a huge part of our Service and their commitment to their communities helps to make Essex a safer place to live, work and travel. They are all competent firefighters who are paid to protect their community. We’re grateful for their support as well as support from their families and employers.

“The transition from a day-crewed duty system to an on-call duty system wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our local community - you are the ones who have applied to become on-call firefighters and are playing your part in protecting your community.

“We’re still recruiting on-call firefighters. If you live or work within 5 minutes of our fire station, you could be paid to protect your community as an on-call firefighter. If you’re interested, visit: join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call.

“We also have a number of volunteer roles in our Home Fire Safety team at South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station. Visit: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/volunteering.”

South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station is one of four fire stations that has converted from day-crewed to on-call in the last two years after successful conversions in Dovercourt, Great Baddow and Waltham Abbey.

The station is one of four fire stations in the Dengie Peninsula with on-call firefighters committed to supporting their communities. Burnham-on-Crouch Fire Station is a key station in Essex County Fire and Rescue Service meaning that if Burnham’s firefighters are called to another incident or training, another crew will be brought into the fire station ready to respond to incidents in the area.

South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station isn’t just a fire station. It is home to firefighters, the Home Fire Safety Team and the Road Traffic Collision Reduction Team. The station is also a central hub for different teams in ECFRS to host meetings and your town plays a big part in helping to train new on-call firefighters in Essex.

In 2022, the Breathing Apparatus training building was upgraded to allow the Service to hold on-call firefighter training sessions at South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station. South Woodham Ferrers’ very first training course was held in March 20202 and the Service hopes to host some of Essex’s new on-call firefighters later this year and in 2023.

Around 75% of fire stations in Essex are crewed by on-call firefighters; people who live or work within five minutes of the fire station. They respond when they are called to an incident and are paid for the time they give.

Are you interested in becoming an on-call firefighter? Visit join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call/

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/South_Woodham_Ferrers_Fire_Station_converts_to_an_on-call_fire_station/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/South_Woodham_Ferrers_Fire_Station_converts_to_an_on-call_fire_station/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
Fire Service welcomes new firefighters and control staff Eleven new firefighters and six control room operators have been welcomed into Essex County Fire and Rescue Service during a dedicated passing out ceremony at the Service Training Centre in Witham today.

The new firefighters will be heading to Basildon, Harlow, Leigh, Orsett and Southend Fire Stations. 

The control room operators will be based in the Control Room at Service Headquarters, Kelvedon Park. 

The ceremony was attended by Deputy Chief Fire Officer Moira Bruin, and Jane Gardner, Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex.

Proud family, friends and colleagues looked on in the crowd, and the ceremony was live streamed for those who couldn’t make it in person.

The Service’s new recruits were welcomed into the Service during a passing out ceremony where the firefighters performed two drills to show their training in dealing with a house fire as well as a road traffic collision. The control room operators took part in the drills where they demonstrated what happens when an emergency call comes in, how they’d send crews to the scene while reassuring the caller and how they’d manage resources during the incidents.

Moira Bruin, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said:  “We are always proud of our new recruits, and today is no exception. Our passing out parade allows us to take the time to watch on, recognise and celebrate the magnificent achievements of our newest squad of firefighters and control room operators.

“This is an important milestone for our trainees who are passing out from basic training to take up their duties at our fire stations and our Control Room at Service Headquarters.”

Jane Gardner, Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex said: “We’re very lucky to have all our new recruits and I’m really looking forward to seeing how you all develop in your careers.

“This is just the start as you go onto your stations and into control, you’ll continue to learn and that’s really important to myself and Roger Hirst. It’s important that you continue to grow in your roles.

“You go out today as ambassadors for the service to not just save lives but to help raise awareness of how people can keep themselves safe from harm.

“I’m hugely hugely proud of what our fire and rescue service does at all levels of the organisation day in and day out.”

The firefighters have been put through their paces over the last 15 weeks as they learned the practical and technical skills needed to meet the demands of a modern-day firefighter.

Firefighter Joseph Tindall was presented with the Top Recruit of the Squad Award. He was recognised for his determination and professionalism, and great teamwork during the course.

The control room operators spent 12 weeks training to take calls, mobilise crews and use the radio systems. They’ll work as the link between the public and firefighters in a busy and high-pressured environment.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is recruiting a range of roles. To become part of an organisation that values inclusivity and diversity, and to make a difference to our communities, go to Join Essex Fire.

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