Essex County Fire and Rescue Service http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk Essex County Fire and Rescue Service : News Feed Copyright 2021, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. Sun, 24 Jan 202117:15:00 GMT Road traffic collision - man rescued from lorry - A130, Rettendon Firefighters were called to the scene of a road traffic collision on the A130 this evening.

On arrival, crews confirmed that one man was trapped in a lorry following the incident. The vehicle had overturned. No other vehicles were involved.

Firefighters worked hard to make the scene safe and release the man by 6.10pm, before leaving him in the care of the Ambulance Service.

 

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Road traffic collision - one casualty - M11, Harlow Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision on the M11 this afternoon.

The single vehicle collision, which occurred on the northbound carriageway close to junction 7 (Harlow), left one woman trapped.

Crews worked hard to release the woman by 2.30pm, before leaving her in the care of the Ambulance Service.

 

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Some of the firefighters who attended this incident are on-call firefighters. They each live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station and are paid to protect their community.

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Cooking left on stove leads to flat fire - Draper Close, West Thurrock Firefighters have urged people to avoid cooking while tired, after a couple in Thurrock fell asleep in the early hours of Sunday morning with food on their stove.

Smoke from the fire in the ground floor flat was spotted by a passer-by, who was unable to wake the couple but alerted the fire service.

Crews gained entry to the property and extinguished the fire by 4.10am. Fortunately, no-one was harmed. The kitchen has suffered from smoke damage.

Watch Manager Kevin Hercock, Grays Fire Station, said: "This incident once again highlights how dangerous it is to cook while tired - it's incredibly easy to fall asleep and put your own life at risk.

"On this occasion, there was no working smoke alarm in the property - so the couple involved were very fortunate that a passer-by called 999.

"Please, if you're going to eat late at night or after a night shift, try and prepare something in advance or eat something that doesn't require cooking."

 

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Before leaving the property, firefighters fitted a smoke alarm. We want every home in Essex to be provided with the excellent protection that smoke alarms provide - they could make all the difference in alerting you to a fire in time to get you and your family out safely.

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Cooking fire safety advice

More than half of accidental fires in the home are started by cooking - it can be incredibly dangerous if precautions aren't taken.

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

You can find more cooking safety advice here.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8567/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8567/ Sun, 24 Jan 2021 17:15:00 GMT
Firefighters issue safety advice after wood burner fire - Heath Road, Firefighters issued safety advice on Saturday night after being called to a fire involving a wood burner in a house in Colchester.

Crews confirmed on arrival that a fire in a wood burner had grown out of control, with four people leaving the property for their own safety.

Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire by 9.33pm. Fortunately, the damage was contained to the wood burner and chimney area of the property. No-one was harmed.

Watch Manager Peter Donovan, Colchester Fire Station, said: "Our crews did a really professional job of extinguishing this fire quickly before it spread. However, these incidents are particularly common at this time of year when people are using chimneys and wood burners and often haven't had them serviced.

"We believe this incident was caused due to a faulty door seal in the wood burner, which allowed a flow of air in to accelerate the fire. This could have been avoided if the wood burner was serviced before use - so please, if you're planning on using your chimney or wood burner, don't take the risk - get them serviced first."

 

Chimney fire safety advice

Most chimney fires are preventable. Regular inspection and cleaning of chimney flues will help prevent fires within chimneys. Keep your family and home safe by following our chimney safety advice:

  • Have your chimney swept at least once a year, or more frequently if you burn wood.
  • Do not stack fires too high and remember to let them burn down well before you go to bed.
  • Use a fire or spark guard.
  • Do not place objects on or over the mantle-piece which may cause you to stand too close to the fire to reach or use them.
  • Inspect your chimney regularly - particularly in the roof space - to ensure that it is sound and that sparks or fumes cannot escape through cracks or broken bricks.
  • Avoid burning resinous woods as soot builds up quickly. Suitable seasoned timber must be used in all solid fuel stoves.
  • Buy only suitable fuels. Using the wrong type of fuel on a liner will reduce the life of the liner considerably due to increased corrosion.
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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8566/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8566/ Sat, 23 Jan 2021 17:15:00 GMT
ECFRS praised for Covid-19 response by HMICFRS Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has praised the way Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) has continued to keep its public and residents safe while supporting partners through the pandemic.  

ECFRS was inspected by HMICFRS in October 2020 as part of an inspection into how fire and rescue services were responding to Covid-19, as they continued to face challenges during a difficult period. 

In an official letter received on Friday (22 January) the inspectors praised ECFRS for being well prepared, the support it offered to partners, maintenance of its core services and putting the welfare of its staff at the heart of decisions and activities.  

Chief Fire Officer/ Chief Executive, Jo Turton said: 

“I’m really pleased that we received some excellent feedback from the inspectorate. 

“We continually work to reassure our public that regardless of what is happening we will always be there for them in an emergency. We're also so passionate about our prevention work and know this is a priority to keeping people safe in their homes.  

"This report echoes this message and highlights how we manage to do this in a way that keeps our people safe throughout a global pandemic.  

“The overwhelming feeling I got when reading this publication was that the inspectors spoke of a Service that I recognise, and a Service that I am incredibly proud to be a part of.” 

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

“There’s some really positive feedback from this inspection that echoes what I’ve seen the Service deliver during this pandemic. 

"HMICFRS has recognised the ECFRS's commitment to its core services and staff wellbeing throughout this difficult time, in addition to going above and beyond in the way it supported other emergency services and public sector organisations.  

“The inspectorate's findings reflect the Service’s hard work and the culture we now have. I am incredibly proud of our fire service as are the residents of Essex. Feedback from our regular public engagement meetings has been nothing but praise.” 

ECFRS received notable feedback in the following areas: 

Preparation
The inspectors said business continuity plans were well developed and enabled ECFRS to respond quickly. 

Statutory duties  
The work of frontline firefighters, community safety officers, fire protection staff, water services, training staff and fleet and central stores, all underpinned by support services, meant ECFRS was able to maintain the delivery of statutory duties. There was particular reference to targeted and risk assessed approach to prevention and protection work. 

Wellbeing 
Inspectors said wellbeing and safety was a clear ECFRS priority and firefighters’ core competence was maintained. Additionally, 93% of colleagues who completed an all-staff survey said they felt supported and appreciated. 
 
Partnership working 
Partnership has been vital throughout the pandemic and ECFRS was praised for the work they put into this. Inspectors noted the additional activities ECFRS carried out, including driving ambulances, delivering PPE and medical supplies, providing driving instructor training and packing food supplies. This was alongside its role in the Essex Resilience Forum and Strategic Coordination Group through the staffing of the Multi Agency Information Cell. 

New ways of working  
Inspectors praised how quickly new ICT solutions were put into practice and how well ECFRS adapted to remote working to ensure that essential support services could be maintained.

<< Read the full letter by clicking here >>

<< Read the full report by clicking here >>

 

Hear Chief Fire Officer/ Chief Executive Jo Turton and Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rick Hylton speak about the feedback:

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House fire - St Andrews Avenue, Colchester Crews extinguished a fire at a house in Colchester.

Firefighters were called to a semi-detached house in St Andrews Avenue today at 6.04pm and found a fire in a first floor bedroom.

The occupants, a couple with a young child, were safely out of the property when crews arrived and have been praised for their actions.

Station Manager Danny Partridge said: "Crews, including two firefighters who recently completed their training, were faced with a severe fire in the bedroom.

"They did a really good job in quickly getting it under control and clearing the smoke.

"Thankfully the occupants did exactly the right thing when they found the fire; they closed the bedroom door, got out, stayed out and called 999.

"Because they shut the door, the fire damage was restricted to the bedroom and it minimised the smoke damage to the rest of the first floor."

Although the property had smoke alarms, they were not sounding, so the incident acts as a reminder to check your smoke alarms are working. 

If you or someone you know doesn't have working smoke alarms, we can provide and fit smoke alarms FREE of charge. To book a home safety visit, call 0300 303 0088 or book online at www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

The fire was fully extinguished by 7.17pm. An investigation will be carried out to establish the cause.


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Firefighters from Brightlingsea Fire Station who attended this incident are on-call firefighters. They each live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station and are paid to protect their community.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8565/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8565/ Thu, 21 Jan 2021 09:00:00 GMT
Fire in diesel pump - Askews Farm Road, Grays Firefighters were called to a fire at a bulk liquid storage business in Grays this morning (Thursday 21 January).

When fire crews arrived at the incident they reported an external diesel pump was involved in the fire.

Firefighters used foam to pour over the fire to smother it. Crews also worked with with on-site staff to isolate the diesel pump and remove as much excess diesel from the tank as possible.

The fire was found to have started accidentally.

The fire was extingished by 9am, and crews made the scene safe before leaving it in the care of the on-site staff at 10:30am.

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Fire in flat - Cossington Road, Westcliff Crews have issued safety advice after a fire in a first floor flat.

Firefighters were called to reports of a fire in Cossington Road, Westcliff today at 3.38am.

The occupants, a couple, were out of the property when crews arrived and they evacuated the other flats in the building as a precaution. 

Watch Manager Dan Hart said: "The fire had started in a back bedroom and smoke was coming from a front window and a rear window.

"Crews extinguished the fire and set up a high pressure fan quickly to prevent smoke damage to any other part of the building.

"The fire was caused by a faulty electrical heater or the double socket it was plugged into. The occupant was alerted to when another appliance started beeping and tried to smother the fire with clothes. Don't try to tackle a fire in your home: get out, stay out and call 999.

"The incident is also a useful reminder to everyone to check they have working smoke alarms and to make sure exits are clear from clutter."

The fire was fully extinguished by 4.46am and the cause has been recorded as accidental. The bedroom suffered heat damage and the rest of the flat was smoke-logged.


Have you got working smoke alarms in your home?

We want every home in Essex to have a working smoke alarm. If you or someone you know doesn't have workoing smoke alarms, we can provide and fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge. Simply book a home safety visit and we'll do the rest. Call: 0300 303 0088 or book online: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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Road traffic collision - man rescued - Matching Road, Harlow Firefighters rescued a man after a road traffic collision involving a van in Harlow.

Crews from Harlow and Old Harlow attended Matching Road today at 6.17pm.

A man in his thirties was trapped in a van which was on its side.

Crews removed the windscreen and freed the casualty, who had sustained minor injuries, and left him in the care of the Ambulance Service at 6.46pm.


Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Firefighters from Old Harlow Fire Station who attended this incident are on-call firefighters. They each live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire 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 and join more than 500 firefighters who are paid to protect their local community.

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

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8562/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8562/ Wed, 20 Jan 2021 09:00:00 GMT
Pig rescue - Cock Green Road, Felsted Firefighters rescued a pig which was trapped in mud.

Crews from Great Baddow and Chelmsford, including our Animal Rescue Unit, attended Cock Green Road, Felsted today at 9.18am.

An eight-year-old pig called Dolly, weighing about 200kg (31 stone), was trapped and in distress.

Crew Manager Lewis Black said: "The pig had lied down in its sty but got stuck in the mud could not get herself up.

"Crews worked in difficult conditions using strops (specialist straps for lifting), glide sheets and a fair bit of brute force to get her upright. 

"It was the Animal Rescue Unit's first incident involving a pig and crews were delighted to able to help the owner and see Dolly back to herself."

Crews got Dolly back on her trotters at 10.03am left her to hog the limelight.

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Horse rescue - Nine Ashes Road, High Ongar Firefighters rescued an elderly horse today after it collapsed and was trapped.

On arrival, crews reported that the 32-year-old horse had collapsed and was trapped between an exercise area and fences.

Firefighters worked together to move the horse - who weighed approximately 500 kgs - using a glide and were able to move it to a safe area.

Crews then rotated the horse as it had been on its side for a prolonged time. The horse was unharmed and left in the care of its owner who had owned the horse for 28 years.

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Man rescued from water in quarry - Drake Road, Chafford Hundred Firefighters rescued a man who was trapped in water in a quarry.

Crews were called to a nature reserve in Drake Road, Chafford Hundred yesterday at 10.54pm after a member of the public heard a man shouting for help.

Firefighters from Grays, our water rescue team from Leigh and our Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team attended. They worked closely with Essex Police, which deployed a drone to assist in the rescue, the Ambulance Service and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART).

Station Manager Dan Wastell said: "Crews had to carry out an extensive search and found the man at the bottom of an 80ft quarry, partially in water. Crews kept the casualty calm while we carried out the rescue. 

"Our USAR team worked at the top of the quarry to set up a rope rescue while our water rescue team launched a boat and cut through undergrowth to reach him.

"Crews worked well in very difficult circumstances, assisted by our partners, to reach the casualty on the boat and bring him to safety."

The man was left in the care of the Ambulance Service at 1.44am.

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Fire in four-storey building leaves three families homeless - Queens Crews extinguished a fire in a four-storey building which has left three families homeless.

Firefighters were called to Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill today at 3.33pm and were faced with large amounts of smoke coming from the building.

Crews from Loughton, Waltham Abbey, Grays (Aerial Ladder Platform) and two crews from London Fire Brigade initially attended the incident.

Station Manager Dave Bond said: "Firefighters entered the building to locate the fire and worked in arduous conditions to stop it from spreading.

"The complex layout of the building made it even more difficult because the fire travelled through voids over four floors. 

"Crews from Essex and London worked reallly hard together to locate, tackle and bring the fire under control and stop this incident from escalating."

The fire was completely extinguished just before 8pm and relief crews, from Grays, Basildon and Chelmsford, took over the monitor hotspots.

The building itself is home to a restaurant, offices and a flat, and adjoining homes were also affected by the smoke. In total, three families have had to move out temporarily while the damage to their homes is assessed.

The fire was found to have started accidentally in an extraction system.

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Road traffic collision - woman freed - Sadlers Farm Roundabout, Firefighters rescued a woman after a road traffic collision close to the Sadlers Farm Roundabout in Basildon yesterday at 9.18pm.

On arrival, crews from Basildon and Grays reported that a car and lorry had collided and a woman was trapped in her car.

Firefighters rescued the woman by removing the roof and she was left in the care of the Ambulance Service at 10.23pm.

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Firefighters pump floodwater from A127 - A127 Firefighters pumped floodwater from the A127 to allow highways officials to reopen the road.

Crews from Ingatestone and Basildon were called to assist the Highways Agency last night (Friday) at 7.40pm. 

Firefighters worked at the scene, close to junction B186 for Warley, until 12.45am, pumping water in an area approximately 50 metres by 50 metres.

Group Manager Terry Povey said: "It is important that we keep the major routes open, particularly with snow falling in Essex this weekend.

"However, with potentially hazardous driving conditions, on top of the national lockdown, please only travel if it is essential.

"If you do need to go out, plan your journey, give yourself extra time, make sure your windscreen is clear and your car is in good working order and take extra care on the roads."


Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Some of the firefighters who attended this incident are on-call firefighters. They each live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire 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 and join more than 500 firefighters who are paid to protect their local community.

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

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8556/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8556/ Fri, 15 Jan 2021 09:00:00 GMT
Woman rescued from mud - Little Bardfield Road, Little Bardfield Firefighters rescued a woman who got stuck in mud after wading in to help her grandchildren - and have issued safety advice to walkers.

On-call firefighters from Wethersfield and Thaxted were called to Little Bardfield Road, Little Bardfield today at 3.08pm.

Crews discovered a woman in her seventies stuck in a muddy field. 

Station Manager Darren Driscoll said: "The woman was walking with her grandsons across fields when the boys, aged seven and nine, became stuck in mud.

"She helped them out but then got stuck herself; one of her legs was trapped up to the top of her thigh and she couldn't move."

Firefighters used the What3Words app to direct our Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team to the remote location and carried equipment to the scene, which was about a quarter of a mile from the road. 

The USAR team used a triple extension ladder, inflatable sled and sand lance, which creates air pockets in the mud, to free the woman, by 4.29pm.

Station Manager Driscoll said: "I'd like to praise the initital crews for putting everything in place to make sure the USAR team was able to carry out a really effective rescue.

"The woman was cold but soon regained the feeling in her legs after being freed."

With more people out walking in lockdown for their daily exercise, Station Manager Driscoll urged everyone to download the What3Words app to help emergency services find remote locations. It took the initial crews about 10 minutes to find the casualty because she was unable to give a precise location.

He said: "Also, make sure you are aware of your surroundings. You never know what the ground is like under mud, snow or wet ground and you could easily get stuck, so please take extra care.

"If you are a farmer or landowner, please consider fencing off any potentially hazardous areas that walkers could access." 


Download What3Words

What3words is a free smartphone app that helps you easily and accurately describe your location.

The app developers have broken the world down into trillions of 3 metre by 3 metre squares, each with a unique three-word address. These three words can then be used to pinpoint your location more accurately when sending emergency services to you.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service along with other emergency services uses what3words to find incidents.

Download the app for free at https://what3words.com/


Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Some of the firefighters who attended this incident are on-call firefighters. They each live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire 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 and join more than 500 firefighters who are paid to protect their local community.

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

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Road traffic collision - man rescued from lorry - Oliver Road, Firefighters rescued a man from a lorry following a road traffic collision in Thurrock this morning.

On arrival, crews reported that a lorry had left the roadway and a man was trapped. 

Firefighters worked to rescue the man just before 9am and he was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8553/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8553/ Fri, 15 Jan 2021 09:00:00 GMT
Fire Service responds to 70 flood incidents in 24 hours Essex County Fire and Rescue Service was called to over 180 incidents in 24 hours yesterday after heavy rain caused wide spread flooding across the County.

Firefighters responded to around 70 rescue incidents which included a dog who had been swept away in a river in Halstead, a number of flooded properties as well as road traffic collisions.

The Fire Control Room team worked tirelessly throughout the gruelling 24 hours, dealing with triple the calls the Service usually receives on an average day. On top of the emergency incidents that were being dealt with, the team also received around 90 calls which came from homeowners and drivers who were experiencing the effects of the flooding, but were not a life risk. These incidents did not require a fire service response and callers were given advice by our Control Room Operators.

On an average day, the Fire Service receives 58 calls to incidents and the last 24 hours has seen triple the volume of calls.

On-call firefighters in Braintree spent nearly 3 hours preventing flood water entering 12 houses last night after the River Brain in Great Notley burst its banks. The team worked with on-call firefighters from Maldon who brought specialist equipment to help pump the water in sections away from the houses as well as with the Environment Agency.

Station Manager Steve Wintrip from Braintree Fire Station said: “Crews worked really hard in falling temperatures to prevent the water getting into the front doors and were there for several hours at the end of a particularly challenging day attending water related incidents.” 

While the Fire Service works with partner agencies to help during floods, it can only respond to incidents when there is a risk to life while also responding to a variety of incidents including fires, road traffic collisions and gas leaks. 

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service advises drivers not to risk driving through floodwater and instead to turn around and find another route.

For home owners, the Service’s advice for residents whose homes are being affected by floodwater is and only if it is safe to do so:

- Ensure your external drains are clear of debris

- Take everything off the ground to prevent damage

- Turn electrics off and if you cannot do this safely, call an electrician

Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Many of the incidents over the last 24 hours were attended by on-call firefighters who all live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station. 

On-call firefighters are paid to protect their local community, if you live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station you could be one of more than 500 on-call firefighters protecting their local community. 

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

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Chimney fire - Vernons Road, Chappel Firefighters were called to a chimney fire in Chappel last night after the residents heard their smoke alarms going off.

On arrival, crews reported that flames and embers were coming out the top of the chimney but due to difficult access to the roof and chimney, firefighters worked to tackle the fire from the ground.

Crews used chimney rods and a stirrup pump unblock the flue and extinguished the fire by 11:22pm. The chimney flue was undamged.

Most chimney fires are preventable. Regular inspection and cleaning of chimney flues will help prevent fires within chimneys. Keep your family and home safe by following our chimney safety advice.

  • Have your chimney swept at least once a year, or more frequently if you burn wood
  • Do not stack fires too high and remember to let them burn down well before you go to bed
  • Use a fire or spark guard
  • Do not place objects on or over the mantle-piece which may cause you to stand too close to the fire to reach or use them
  • Inspect your chimney regularly - particularly in the roof space - to ensure that it is sound and that sparks or fumes cannot escape through cracks or broken bricks
  • Avoid burning resinous woods as soot builds up quickly. Suitable seasoned timber must be used in all solid fuel stoves
  • Buy only suitable fuels. Using the wrong type of fuel on a liner will reduce the life of the liner considerably due to increased corrosion

Smoke alarms are proven life savers. They give warning at the first sign of fire, waking you and your family up and giving everyone the time they need to get safely out and call the fire service.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service wants to ensure that every single home in Essex has the excellent protection smoke alarms offer and will visit any home in Essex and fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge.

If you or someone you know doesn't have working smoke alarms at home, book a free home fire safety visit at www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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PHOTOS: Firefighters prevent 12 houses from being flooded - The On-call firefighters in Braintree spent nearly 3 hours preventing flood water entering 12 houses last night after the River Brain in Braintree burst its banks.

The team worked with on-call firefighters from Maldon who brought specialist equipment to help pump the water in sections away from the houses.

The team worked with the Environment Agency to put a padded boom around the river to prevent the water spreading while putting sandbags at the doors of each house to prevent water entering the properties. The team pumped the water in sections away from the river and around the houses.

Station Manager Steve Wintrip from Braintree Fire Station said: “Crews worked really hard in falling temperatures to prevent the water getting into the front doors and were there for several hours at the end of a particularly challenging day attending water related incidents.” 

Could you be an on-call firefighter?

The firefighters who attended this incident are on-call firefighters. They each live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire 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 and join more than 500 firefighters who are paid to protect their local community.

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

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