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. Fri, 07 Aug 202014:44:00 GMT Road traffic collision - four people trapped - A414/Heybridge Firefighters attended the scene of a road traffic collision in Heybridge involving two vehicles.

Crews were called to Heybridge Approach/A414 today at 2.44pm. The road was temporarily closed so the emergency services could deal with the incident.

Firefighters from Maldon, Chelmsford and Basildon worked with paramedics to assist with four casualties. They were freed by 4.17pm and were 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 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/i8383/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8383/ Fri, 07 Aug 2020 14:44:00 GMT
Combine harvester alight - Herkstead Lane, Steeple Bumpstead Firefighters were called to a combine harvester alight in Steeple Bumpstead early this morning (Thursday 5 August).

Fire crews reported that the combine was parked next to a storage building, so firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the fire before it could spread to the building.

Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire by 5:25am.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8382/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8382/ Thu, 06 Aug 2020 14:44:00 GMT
Fire Service issues safety advice for hot weather Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has issued safety advice ahead of this week’s hot temperatures.

With the temperatures set to rise, the risk of fire increases - especially in dry weather - and the Service wants to help keep Essex residents safe.

James Palmer, Assistant Director of Prevention and Protection said:

“We want everyone to stay safe during the hot weather. Look after yourself and others by taking extra care especially with barbeques and bonfires. Consider the impact you could have on the emergency services if cigarettes and disposable barbecues are not extinguished properly, we’ve had a number of large grass fires recently and with high temperatures and wind on the way, the risk of these fires increases.”

Hot and dry weather can lead to more fires and the Service wants everyone to help minimise the risk of a fire by taking extra care when having a barbeque or a bonfire - make sure to set it well away from sheds, fences, trees and plants and ensure it is properly extinguished before leaving it.

If you are taking a disposable barbecue to the beach or on a picnic, make sure not to place the barbecue on the grass or near plants and use tools to handle the hot barbecue. Make sure the barbecue is completely cool before disposing of it in a bin, the embers in the barbecue remain hot for some time and could set fire to rubbish in the bin.

If you are smoking while out and about, make sure to properly extinguish your cigarette as the end could smoulder in dry grass and cause a fire.

Glass and mirrors can also overheat and start a fire in the heat, make sure to take all litter home with you if you can’t dispose of it in a bin. Move mirrors out of direct sunlight and away from windows where the sunlight could reflect onto flammable surfaces like curtains.

If you’re looking to cool off in the water, make sure you’re staying safe. Drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental deaths in the UK. 50% of people who die never intended to go in the water.

Assess the conditions before wading into water, don’t swim out of your depth and don’t take any risks as currents can quickly change, particularly in the sea.

Keep an eye on each other when in the water and never let children into the water without adult supervision.

If you fall into the water, cold water shock can cause you to panic but these effects will pass in a less than a minute, try to relax and float on your back while you catch your breath and if you can, grab hold of something to help you float. Stay calm, call for help and swim to safety if you can.

For more outdoor safety advice, visit: essex-fire.gov.uk/outdoors


Page last updated 6 August, 2020

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Fire_Service_issues_safety_advice_for_hot_weather/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Fire_Service_issues_safety_advice_for_hot_weather/ Thu, 06 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Sprinklers to be installed at three tower blocks in Essex Sprinkler funding applications have been granted to three tower blocks in Essex, helping to keep residents safe in their homes.

Since 2013, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has part-funded and supported the retrofitting of sprinklers in high risk premises in Essex.

The latest match-funding proposals have been agreed for sprinklers to be installed at three tower blocks in Essex at the following locations:

The University of Essex in Colchester (student accommodation/Eddington Tower) as well as Beaver Tower and Cecil Court, both residential flats in Southend owned by South Essex Homes.

South Essex Homes has been awarded £100,000 and The University of Essex was awarded £50,000 from the Fire Service’s sprinkler fund to match-fund their projects. Work to install the sprinkler systems to these three properties is hoped to begin later this year during planned refurbishment works.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Moira Bruin said: “The planned installation of fire suppression systems demonstrates the Fire Service’s commitment to making Essex a safer place to live, work and travel.

“Sprinkler systems are an efficient and life-saving piece of equipment in preventing a developing fire, not only do they help to extinguish a fire and save lives but they can also minimise damage to homes and possessions.

“This will provide safe and secure housing for those who live in the buildings and ensure that these blocks remain safe and fit for purpose for the future years.”

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service provides a grant of up to £50,000 per sprinkler installation project to successful applicants.

Sprinklers are fitted in properties and many residents have commented how much safer they feel.

Did you know?

There is a common belief that if a fire starts in a property that has sprinklers fitted, that every sprinkler head will activate, flooding a property.

This is untrue. Individual sprinkler heads will only activate when the room temperature reaches a certain point. The heads operate as individual heat sensors – water is only released in the area where there is a fire.

In 60% of cases, fires are controlled by the spray from four sprinklers or fewer. Firefighters often use 15 times more water from hoses to do the same job as a sprinkler does alone.

For more information on the Service’s sprinkler fund click here.


Page last updated 5 August, 2020

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Sprinklers_to_be_installed_at_three_tower_blocks_in_Essex/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Sprinklers_to_be_installed_at_three_tower_blocks_in_Essex/ Wed, 05 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
PHOTOS - Large number of containers alight at storage yard - Romford Firefighters were called to a fire involving a number of Iso containers at a storage yard in Aveley this evening (Tuesday 4 August).

Six fire engines and a number of specialist fire engines (including a water bowser, hose layer and high volume pump) were called to assist at the scene of the fire.

Firefighters reported that the yard had around 40 containers, at least 10 are involved in the fire. The contents of the containers is unknown, but there is evidence that a number of them contain fireworks.

A safety corden was quickly established around the incident and Essex Police assisted in evacuating the immediate area.

Update 1:30am - Firefighters at the scene have reported that they are using a drone to get an overview of the fire and incident ground. Firefighters are monitoring the fire from a safe distance due to the unknown contents of the containers and the presence of fireworks.

Romford Road has also been closed to all traffic as a safety precaution.

Firefighters are working to establish additional sources of water from nearby hydrants. Firefighters will use specialist high volume pumps and extra hoses will be used to pump the water to the incident ground for when its required. Fire crews are also building water dams near to the fire to assist with the water supply.

The size of the fire has significantly reduced. A number of fire engines have now left the incident. It is expected that firefighters will be needed on scene for the rest of the day.

Update 5am - The initial exclusion zone has been reduced and everyone evacuated has returned to their homes. Four fire engines remain at the scene of the fire.

Update 6:30am - Firefighters are making good progress tackling the fire. Fire crews are using a number of hoses to tackle the fire and are in the process of opening each container to extinguish the fire. Due to the amount of water now being used on the fire and the opening of containers, local residents may see a temporary increase in the amount of smoke this morning.

Firefighters are urging everyone to continue to avoid the area while they tackle the fire. It is expected that firefighters will at the scene for the rest of the day.

Update 11:30am - Station Manager Tim Rickard said: "Firefighters are still working hard to extinguish the fire. Crews are using cutting equipment to get access to the containers which have been affected by the fire. It's important we get into each container to make sure all the contents are full cooled and there are no hot spots. 

"At the moment it looks like around 15 containers have been destroyed in the fire. The scaffolding yard has also been destroyed along with a number of vehicles which were parked here.

"This has been a long and difficult incident, but we have had brilliant support from a number of other emergency services and agencies. Our thanks go to the Environment Agency, Water Company, London Fire Brigade, Ambulance Service and Essex Police who have all played a part in helping us at this incident."

Update 5pm - Two crews remain at the scene turning over the debris and damping down hot spots.

The initial findings of the fire investigation are that the cause is unknown (accidental or deliberate). Work to try and establish the cause is continuing.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8380/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8380/ Tue, 04 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Combine harvester and stubble fire alight - Colchester Road, Ardleigh Firefighters were called to a fire involving a combine harvester and stubble fire in Ardleigh, Colchester.

Fire crews reported the affected area of stubble measured approximately 15 hectares.

Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire by 8:25pm.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8381/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8381/ Tue, 04 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Fire Service fits more than 1,450 smoke alarms during pandemic Essex County Fire and Rescue Service fitted 1,464 smoke alarms between March and July including 154 sensory smoke alarms.

Do you have working smoke alarms in your home? They are proven life-savers and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service wants every home in Essex to have working smoke alarms.

The Service offers a free home fire safety visit to anyone without working smoke alarms and people who need sensory smoke alarms.

During the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Home Fire Safety team adapted quickly to ensure it could reach the most vulnerable people in the county. A total of 1,062 vulnerable people have had their fire risk reduced after a visit from the Fire Service since March 2020.

Since March, the Service has fitted 1,464 smoke alarms to Essex homes and a further 154 sensory alarms to people with hearing and sight impairments.

During a home fire safety visit, the Service will visit your home to talk to you about any fire risks in the home and how to reduce the risk of fire. They will test your smoke alarms and fit new ones if yours do not work.

The Service also carries out Safe and Well visits to people most vulnerable to fire and as well as fitting smoke alarms or sensory detectors, the Service will give fire safety and burglary prevention advice. If needed, the Service will make referrals to support agencies if there are any concerns for the person’s health and wellbeing.

Andrea MacAlister, Head of Community Safety said:

“ECFRS’ priority is to keep the people of Essex safe. We’re working hard to make sure that wherever possible, our essential fire prevention work has continued during the coronavirus outbreak. This includes our Safe and Well offer, which makes people far safer in their homes.

“Fire safety is more important than ever at this time.  If you are concerned about the fire risk to yourself or a vulnerable family member or friend, you can book them a free home fire safety visit at www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book.

“Alternatively, there is some great advice on our website.  If you have any questions or concerns about fire safety during the coronavirus outbreak, please call our advisors on 0300 303 0088.”

If you or someone you know doesn’t have working smoke alarms or requires sensory smoke alarms, please call us on 0300 303 0088 or book a visit at www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book


Page last updated 4 August, 2020

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Fire_Service_fits_more_than_1450_smoke_alarms_during_pandemic/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/news/Fire_Service_fits_more_than_1450_smoke_alarms_during_pandemic/ Tue, 04 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Firefighters set to walk the Essex Way for The Fire Fighters Charity Two Essex County Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are taking on an 81 mile walk to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Firefighters Toby Ingham and Luis de Goni-Parks decided to take on a charity challenge by walking the Essex Way after hearing about the struggles The Fire Fighters Charity had been facing during the pandemic.

The pair are set to take on an 81 mile walk from Epping to Harwich in just three days on 21 August.

Toby, Station Manager in Emergency Planning, is currently seconded to the COVID-19 Multi Agency Information Cell, and Luis is a Community Builder in the South West Essex team. They are also both on-call firefighters in Ingatestone.

Toby said: "Many charities have been hit hard by the pandemic, including The Fire Fighters Charity which has been forced to cancel most of its fundraising events.

"Me and Luis wanted to do something about it and came up with this challenge to make people aware of the struggle charities are facing and to raise some money."

Luis said: "We'll have to travel light and fast to complete it in three days, walking for about 12 hours a day. We're both outdoors people - I've walked in the Lake District and Brecon Beacons - but this will be really tough."

Toby and Luis will start the trek on Friday, 21 August and plan to walk the equivalent of a marathon a day, about 26.5 miles, to complete the challenge on Sunday, 23 August. They have arranged places to stay overnight so that they can set off early each day.

To support them, visit their JustGiving page.


Page last updated 4 August, 2020

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Working smoke alarms alert neighbours to flat fire - Van Dyck Road, Firefighters were called to a flat fire in Colchester this morning after a neighbour heard smoke alarms going off.

On arrival, crews reported that a kitchen in a first floor flat was heavily smoke logged and worked to extinguish the fire by 11:04am.

The fire was caused by a pan that had been accidentally left on the hob while the resident left the house.

Crew Manager Andrew Deex from Colchester Fire Station said: “This incident really highlights the importance of having working smoke alarms and how you should act on them if you hear them going off in a neighbour's home. Thanks to the quick actions of the neighbours, we were able to extinguish the fire quickly before it caused any damage to the flat.

“I’d advise to double check you’ve turned the hob off after use and check it’s off before you leave the house.”


Have you got working smoke alarms in your home?

We want every home in Essex to benefit from having working smoke alarms. If you or someone you know hasn't got working smoke alarms, we can fit them for free during a home fire safety visit: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8379/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8379/ Mon, 03 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - two people trapped - Warley Road, Great Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision involving one vehicle.

Fire crews worked with paramedics to help release two people trapped in the vehicle.

The casualties were released by 2:45am and left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8378/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8378/ Mon, 03 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Number of vehicles alight at industrial yard - St Johns Road, Firefighters were called to a fire at an industrial estate in Chadwell St Mary early this morning (Monday 3 August).

When firefighters arrived at the scene they reported that a number of vehicles (including cars, lorries and diggers) plus a portable cabin was alight in the yard of the industrial area.

Update 2am - Firefighters are using a number of hoses surrounding the yard to tackle the fire. Crews have also found a number of acetylene cylinders which will be closely monitored. A safety zone has been placed around the incident for safety.

Update 3:45am - Firefighters are making good progress tacking the fire, which is now almost out. The officer in charge will shortly be reducing the number of fire engines from six to four.

Update 5:10am - Firefighters are continuing to ensure the effected area is completely cool. Fire crews are working to find and extinguish all remaining hot spots.

An investigation wil be carried to establish how the fire started.

Update 2:30pm

An investigation has been carried out and the cause of the fire is believed to be deliberate.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8376/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8376/ Mon, 03 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Fire Service issues road safety plea after three fatalities in one Firefighters are asking the public to consider their driving habits after three separate road traffic collisions claimed the lives of three young Essex men over the weekend.

Crews were called to Frinton-on-Sea on Friday evening after a motorbike collided with a lamppost, killing the 17-year-old driver at the scene.

On Saturday afternoon firefighters were called to Coggeshall after a serious collision involving two vehicles, where a 19-year-old man sadly died at the scene.

During the early hours of Sunday morning a man in his early twenties was killed after colliding with a tree in Earls Colne.

James Palmer, Assistant Director, Head of Prevention and Protection, said: “First and foremost, our thoughts and condolences go out to the friends and families of these three young men in these tragic circumstances.

“Right now we don’t want to speculate on exactly what circumstances led to these collisions, but what we do know is any death on an Essex road is one too many.

“We work within the Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) to promote four main road safety messages: the consequences of speeding, failing to wear your seat belt, using your mobile phone while driving or driving while under the influence of drink or drugs – commonly known as the Fatal 4.

“Avoiding these behaviours means you’re less likely to be involved in a road traffic collision, and ultimately that means you’re less likely to be needlessly injured or killed on the roads. It’s as simple as that - it’s just not worth taking the risk.”

In 2019, road deaths fell by 15% from 52 to 44, and a total of 808 people were killed or seriously injured on Essex roads.

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: 

“Improving safety on our roads are priorities in both our Police and Crime Plan and Fire and Rescue Plan with our objective being to reduce harm on the roads and promote safer driving.

“More people in Essex die on our roads than in any other kind of accident or crime that's why it is so important that we continue to work in partnership with key agencies across Essex such as the Safer Essex Roads Partnership to reinforce road safety and safe driving messages." 

Visit saferessexroads.org/road-users/young-drivers/ for more information and advice for young drivers.


Page last updated 3 August, 2020

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Firefighters issue safety warning after charging battery explodes - Firefighters have issued fire safety advice after a lithium ion battery exploded while being charged this morning.

The battery was attached to a power drill and was left charging in a house.

Watch Manager Ben Turner from Clacton Fire Station said: "Thankfully there was not any damage and it didn't cause a fire this time, but incidents like this show how important it is to make sure you know how to store and use battery powered tools correctly. 

  • Only buy from reputable retailers and brand 
  • Look out for the CE mark that indicates chargers comply with European Safety standards
  • Don’t leave items on charge or plugged in overnight or whilst you are out of the house
  • Don’t leave items on charge for long periods
  • Everytime you use the tool check that it is in good working condition, particulary the wiring and connections.
  • Make sure you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home.
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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8374/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8374/ Sun, 02 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
PHOTOS: Firefighters rescue 1000kg bull from ditch - Collier Street, Firefighters were called to help rescue a 1000kg bull which was stuck in a ditch in Hatfield Broad Oak.

Firefighters from Great Dunmow attended alongside crews from Chelmsford Fire Station with the Service's specialist Animal Rescue Unit.

A vet also attended to ensure the bull was sedated and calm so the fire crews could rescue it safely.

Fire crews used the specialist equipment on the Animal Rescue Unit to hoist the bull out of the ditch.

Watch Manager Gary Wain from Great Dunmow Fire Station said: "The bull had apparently been stuck for over a day before we were called, and it was clear he wasn't going to be able to get himself out as he was stuck right next to a small bridge. Thankfully the bull seemed fine once we got him out and started happily eating the grass even before the crews had got all the straps off him!"

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8375/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8375/ Sat, 01 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - A120, Coggeshall Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision.on the A120 involving two vehicles.

Fire crews worked with paramedics and assisted with three casualties. The A120 Coggeshall bypass was temporarily closed so the emergency services could deal with the incident.

The scene was left in the care of the Police and Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8373/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8373/ Sat, 01 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Field fire - Tillingham Road, Tillingham Firefighters were called to a stubble field fire in Tillingham this afternoon. 

Fire crews reported that the fire was effecting two fields, both measuring approximately 400m x 400m. 

Firefighters managed to get the fire surrounded and extinguished by 2:50pm. 

Crews will re-visit the scene later this evening to check for any hot spots or reignition. 

The cause of the fire was found to be accidental, due to a muck heap fire spreading to the field.


Could you be an on-call firefighter?

All of the firefighters at 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/i8372/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8372/ Sat, 01 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Road traffic collision - one person trapped - Brays Lane, Ashingdon Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision involving one vehicle.

Fire crews worked with paramedics to help release one casualty trapped in the vehicle.

The casualty was released by 4am and left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8371/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8371/ Sat, 01 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Search for missing person - Alexandra Lake, Thurrock The fire service were called this evening (Friday 31 July) to Alexandra Lake, Thurrock following reports of a missing person.

Firefighters from Grays, Corringham, Orsett, Leigh Fire Stations attended alongside colleagues from the Service's Urban Search and Rescue Team.

Firefighters are currently searching the lake alongside the Police.

*Update 00:00am* All firefighters have now left the scene of this incident in the care of the Police.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8370/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8370/ Fri, 31 Jul 2020 09:00:00 GMT
House fire - Orchard Piece, Blackmore Firefighters were called to a well developed house fire in Blackmore this evening (Friday 31 July).

When fire crews arrived they reported that the whole of the ground floor of the semi-detatched house was involved in the fire and flames could be seen coming out of the windows. The first floor was also full of smoke. 

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and worked hard in extreme temperatures to bring the fire under control. Firefighters extinguished the fire and managed to stop the fire spreading to the neighbouring property.

The fire has caused significant damage to the ground floor of the property.

The cause of the fire was recorded as accidental.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8369/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8369/ Fri, 31 Jul 2020 09:00:00 GMT
100 tonnes of hay alight - Shalford Green, Shalford Firefighters were called to a fire involved a 100 tonnes of baled hay in Shalford this afternoon.

Firefighters worked with the farmer to separate the unaffected hay from the hay on fire to stop the fire spreading. 

At 8pm one fire engine took over at the incident to ensure the fire burned safely under control.

Firefighters left the hay burned under control in the care of the farmer. Crews will re-visit the site daily to check the burn.

 


Could you be an on-call firefighter?

All of the firefighters at 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/i8368/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8368/ Fri, 31 Jul 2020 09:00:00 GMT