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, 24 Jan 202019:40:00 GMT Smouldering roof fire in care home - Station Road, Loughton Crews were called to a care home in Station Road, Loughton, after staff reported that the automatic fire alarms were sounding and they could smell burning. 

On arrival firefighters saw smoke and immediately began searching the building for the cause, which they soon found to be a light fitting that was overheating in a corridor. 

Watch Manager Jonathan Ford, Loughton Fire Station, said:

"As we began cutting the ceiling arounf the light fitting away we could see that some of the rafters, insulation and electrical wiring was smouldering.

"We quickly isolated the electricity and began dampening and cooling down the whole area. 

"Our crews worked hard to bring the fire under control in less than an hour, as well as assist the care home staff in safely evacuating residents."

The ceiling has suffered some damage from the incident. 


Do you live or work within 5 miles of Waltham Abbey Fire Station?

We're recruiting on-call firefighters in Waltham Abbey.

On-call firefighters have everyday lives and jobs, until their pager sounds; then they immediately make their way to the fire station.

If you live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be an on-call firefighter. Find out more at: essex-fire.gov.uk/wa

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Cameron thanked for calling 999 after safety talk at school A Halstead boy from The Ramsey Academy has been thanked by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service for calling 999 when he saw smoke coming from a motorhome.

Cameron, who is 11-years-old was putting the rubbish out at around 5pm in Halstead on January 6, when he heard a smoke alarm going off in his next door neighbour’s house. Cameron then noticed smoke coming from a motorhome parked on his neighbour’s driveway.

He immediately ran inside to tell his parents that there was a fire. Cameron then called 999, giving his address and a precise description of what was happening next door.

Education Officer Andrea Adams, who works in the Service’s Community Safety team, had recently given a safety talk to Cameron and his fellow students at The Ramsey Academy in Halstead. Andrea had covered amongst other topics, how and when to call 999 and what to say to the Control Operator.

Watch Manager Steve Byrne from Halstead Fire Station explains what happened on the night of the fire:

“The motorhome was parked just one metre away from a house and flames were coming out of the windows and the top of the vehicle.

“Cameron’s quick thinking and actions meant that we were alerted without delay, from the time Cameron called 999 to us arriving was nine minutes. When we arrived the rear cab area of the motorhome was 100 percent alight, but luckily the fire had not yet spread to the fuel tank, which was full, or to the house.

“There were also gas cylinders in the motorhome that we were able to remove before the fire and heat got to them. The motorhome was used by a couple from Devon as a permanent home, they were visiting family, and there was a lot of valued items and memories within the vehicle that we saved.

“The crews managed to control the fire quickly without any damage to the house. Another five minutes and this would have been a different story to tell.

“What Cameron had learnt and remembered from Andrea’s visit, as well as his quick thinking and actions, saved his neighbour’s house and probably his own home, and prevented possible serious injury to the occupants.”

Cameron received a certificate of recognition and a service badge for his actions, which were presented to him at his school by Andrea and Steve.

Steve added: “Cameron also gets lots of thanks from his very grateful neighbours. His parents and school are extremely proud of him, as he should be of himself. Cameron and his parents have also accepted my invitation to visit the fire station on a training night to meet the crew and have a tour, as a special thank you.”

Well done to Cameron for raising the alarm and to the crews from Halstead and Sible Hedingham for extinguishing the fire.

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Could you be an on-call firefighter in Great Baddow? Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is holding a recruitment drive in Great Baddow for anyone interested in becoming an on-call firefighter.

If you’re over 18 and live or work within five minutes of Great Baddow Fire Station, you could be paid to protect your community. You’ll follow in the footsteps of more than 500 on-call firefighters across the Service.

They go about their daily lives until their pager sounds, when they immediately make their way to their local fire station. They never know what they could be attending; it could be a road traffic collision, a field fire or even a chemical spill.

On-call firefighters are not volunteers, they are paid for the time they are available to work, regardless of whether they are called out.

They are also paid an additional hourly rate for attending incidents and training. The amount on-call firefighters get paid depends on their availability but they can earn anywhere between £4,000 and £8,000 a year, sometimes more.

To become an on-call firefighter, you’ll need to pass an assessment day including a fitness test, which you'll be supported through by the Service Fitness Team.

After passing your initial fitness test, you’ll spend two full weeks training at ECFRS's Service Training Centre followed by a further evening session for 10 weeks.

In addition to the weekly session at Service Training Centre, new recruits begin attending their local station's drill night, something they'll be expected to do throughout their career in order to keep their training and knowledge current.

Could you be an on-call firefighter? If you're aged 18 or over, live or work within 5 minutes of Great Baddow Fire Station and are physically fit, you could be paid to protect your local community. For more information visit essex-fire.gov.uk/gb

You can find out more about the role next week from firefighters and on-call liaison officers who will be on hand to answer any questions you have:

Monday 27 January:
Drop in between 1pm – 7pm to chat with our On-Call Liaison Officer.
From 6pm, you can watch our training night at the fire station.

Wednesday 29 January:
Drop in between 1pm – 7pm to chat with our On-Call Liaison Officer.
From 6pm, you can watch our training night at the fire station.

Saturday 1 February:
Our On-Call Liaison Officers will be at Chelmsford Parkrun with a recruitment stall.
Drop in between 10am – 4pm to chat with our On-Call Liaison Officer.

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PICTURES: Firefighters release two dolphins from muddy water - Wharf Firefighters helped to rescue two dolphins from Stanford-le-Hope this afternoon after they had become stuck in mud around 200 metres from shore.

Crews worked with the Coastguard and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to use a hovercraft, which allowed them to reach the dolphins more efficiently. Firefighters were also assisted by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue organisation throughout the rescue.

Firefighters managed to release the dolphins and used an inflatable sled to help move them back out to sea by 5.45pm. Both animals were unharmed.

Water Incident Manager Al Green said at the scene: "It's not every day that you come across dolphins in Essex... so we wanted to do everything we could to help them on their way safely.

"Firefighters have gone above and beyond with partners from the Coastguard and the RNLI to do just that this afternoon, despite difficult access and challenging conditions.

"With the tide not expected to come in until several hours after the dolphins became stuck, we knew how important it was that we came to their aid. Thankfully both animals are okay and back in the open water."


Do you live or work within 5 miles of South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station?

We're recruiting on-call firefighters in South Woodham Ferrers.

On-call firefighters have everyday lives and jobs, until their pager sounds; then they immediately make their way to the fire station.

If you live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be an on-call firefighter. Find out more at: essex-fire.gov.uk/swf

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Could you be an on-call firefighter? Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is holding week long recruitment drives in Great Baddow, Waltham Abbey, Dovercourt and South Woodham Ferrers for anyone interested in becoming an on-call firefighter.

If you’re aged over 18 and live or work within five minutes of one of these stations, you could be paid to protect your community. You’ll follow in the footsteps of more than 500 on-call firefighters across the Service.

On-call firefighters go about their daily lives until their pager sounds, when they immediately make their way to their local fire station. They never know what they could be attending; it could be a road traffic collision, a field fire or even a chemical spill.

On-call firefighters are not volunteers, they are paid for the time they are available to work, regardless of whether they are called out.

They are also paid an additional hourly rate for attending incidents and training. The amount on-call firefighters get paid depends on their availability but they can earn anywhere between £4,000 and £8,000 a year, sometimes more.

To become an on-call firefighter, you’ll need to pass an assessment day including a fitness test, which you'll be supported through by the Service Fitness Team. In addition to the evening training sessions, new recruits begin attending their local station's drill night, something they'll be expected to do throughout their career in order to keep their training and knowledge current.

To speak to our team about the on-call firefighter role, head over to:

Great Baddow Fire Station:

Drop in events between Monday 27 January and Saturday 1 February. For more information visit: essex-fire.gov.uk/gb

Waltham Abbey Fire Station:

Drop in events held between Tuesday 4 February and Saturday 8 February. For more information visit: essex-fire.gov.uk/wa

Dovercourt Fire Station:

Drop in events held between Tuesday 11 February and Saturday 15 February. For more information visit: essex-fire.gov.uk/dovercourt

South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station:

Drop in events between Tuesday 18 February and Saturday 22 February. For more information visit: essex-fire.gov.uk/swf

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Road traffic collision - vehicle in ditch - Progress Road, Leigh Firefighters assisted at the scene of a road traffic collision this evening.

On arrival crews confirmed that one vehicle had left the roadway and was in a ditch following the incident. An elderly man was trapped inside. No other vehicles were involved in the incident.

Firefighters cut away trees to gain access to the vehicle, before leaving the man in the care of the Ambulance Service by 6.57pm.

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Smoke alarm alerts neighbours to townhouse fire - Regency Court, Firefighters have highlighted the importance of having working smoke alarms in your home after one in a three-storey townhouse alerted a neighbour to a fire this afternoon.

After hearing the smoke alarm sounding, the neighbour investigated and noticed smoke coming from the mid-terraced property's front door. No-one was home at the time.

The neighbour immediately dialled 999 and alerted our Control team.

On arrival, firefighters advised that the property was completely smoke logged and a fire was burning within the kitchen, which is situated on the ground floor.

Crews extinguished the fire within the kitchen and then continued to eliminate hotspots behind the kitchen units.

We believe the fire was caused accidentally by an electrical wiring fault.

Peter Dunn, Watch Manager at Brentwood Fire Station, said: "Make no mistake about it: had there not been a working smoke alarm in this property then this fire would have gone undetected and quickly become much more serious.

"The neighbour responded brilliantly upon hearing it and made sure we were alerted - but it's just another example of the difference smoke alarms make.

"None of us expect there to be a fire in our homes, but please don't run the risk: make sure you have working smoke alarms in place in case the worst does happen."

 

Not got working smoke alarms in your home? We'll fit them for free!

We want every home in Essex to be protected by smoke alarms - so if you don't have them in your property, we'll come and visit you and fit them free of charge.

Simply call 0300 303 0088 or head to essex-fire.gov.uk/book to arrange your visit.

 

Want to help keep your community safe?

Firefighters who attended this incident from Billericay are on-call firefighters. On-call firefighters have everyday lives and jobs, until their pager sounds; then they immediately make their way to the fire station.

If you live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be an on-call firefighter. Find out more at: join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

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PHOTOS: Kitchen fire after hob left on - Generals Lane, Chelmsford Firefighters were called to a house fire in Boreham this afternoon after neighbours heard smoke alarms going off.

On arrival, crews reported that there was a fire in the kitchen and worked to extinguish it by 3.16pm.

The cause of the fire was accidental after the hob was left on while the residents were out.

The residents have been rendered homeless after the kitchen suffered fire damage and the rest of the house was badly smoke damaged.

Watch Manager Nick Singleton from Chelmsford Fire Station said: “This incident highlights the importance of having working smoke alarms in your house and if the neighbours hadn’t have heard the smoke alarms going off, the damage could have been much worse.

“We’d like to advise residents to always make sure their hob is turned off when leaving the house.”

Do you have working smoke alarms in your home?

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, book a free home safety visit today at www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8106/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8106/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Dog rescued from house fire - Colchester Road, White Colne A dog has been rescued from a grade II listed building after an electrical fault in a dishwasher caused a kitchen fire.

Crews were called to the house in Colchester Road, White Colne, after reports that the smoke alarm was going off. 

While on their way to the property, firefighters were sent an updated message that a passer by had seen flames through the window.

On arrival firefighters reported that the property was heavily smoke logged and there was a fire in the kitchen. 

After quickly bringing the fire under control and extinguishing it, firefighters were told there was a dog inside, so immediately started searching. 

Watch Manager Steve Byrne, Halstead Fire Station, said:

"Despite the heavy smoke, our firefighters were able to locate the dog, a Cocker Spaniel called Tilly, which was hiding next to the fridge.

"We brought Tilly outside to safety and gave her oxygen therapy. Ultimately our job is to save lives and protect our public, so to be able to save this family's pet was the happy ending we always want to see.

"This incident shows how important it is to have working smoke alarms - they alert you to the first sign of fire, and if we hadn't been called when we were, it could have been a very different outcome for both the dog and the whole property. 

"It's also really important to only use white goods such as dishwashers, washing machines and tumble dryers when you're at home - this will reduce the risk of a fire starting without you knowing."

The kitchen has been completely destroyed by the fire. 

 


Could you be an on-call firefighter in your community?

Firefighters who attended this incident are on-call. On-call firefighters have everyday lives and jobs, until their pager sounds; then they immediately make their way to the fire station.

If you live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be an on-call firefighter. Find out more at: join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

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Man cut free from railings - Queensway, Southend-on-Sea Firefighters were called to Queensway, Southend-on-Sea, in the early hours of this morning (Thursday 16 January) after reports that a man was stuck in railings.

On arrival firefighters reported that both of the man's knees were lodged in the railings and used tools to spread the bars and release him by 3.09am. 

The casualty was left in the care of a friend, awaiting the arrival of the Ambulance Service. 

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Students thank Essex County Fire and Rescue Service for inspiring them Twelve students from The Ongar Academy visited the Service's Headquarters today (16 January) to learn more about the different roles within the Service and about the variety of career opportunities on offer.

Watch Manager Dave Bond from Blue Watch at Orsett Fire Station organised the visit after working with Unity Enterprises East Anglia, a local charity that coaches and mentors young people aged 12-25.

The visit was organised as a way of opening up young people's awareness around careers and opportunities within the Fire Service.

The students spoke to different members of staff about their roles within the Service and how careers in a variety of sectors, including the Ambulance Service and charity sector, have helped them in the Fire Service.

Dave Bond spoke to the group about his career with us and how he has drawn on experience from other jobs he had before he joined Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

Dave said: "You never know what experience you'll end up drawing on in situations and I spoke to the group about how when working as a sound engineer around the world, I learnt to communicate with people who spoke different languages and this has served me well to communicate with the different communities in Essex. The skills I learnt setting up my own business have helped with project management."

The group then had a tour of the Service Headquarters, the Control Room and the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner's Office before heading off to the Service Training Centre in Witham.

The students thanked Dave and the team for the experience and commented on how passionate everyone in the Service was about their roles.

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Road traffic collision - four people released - London Road, Great Crews were called to a road traffic collision involving two vehicles. 

On arrival firefighters reported that four people were trapped in one of the cars. 

Firefighters removed the roof of the car and worked with the Ambulance Service to safely release them from the vehicle by 10:24pm. 

The casualties were left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

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Dog dies in kitchen fire caused by electrical fault - Jeffreys Road, A dog has sadly died after an electrical fault caused a kitchen fire this morning.

Firefighters were called to Jeffrey’s Road in Cressing at 10:08am after neighbours heard smoke alarms going off in a first floor flat.

On arrival, crews reported that the hallway to the block of flats was smoke logged and firefighters wore breathing apparatus (BA) to locate the fire in the first floor flat.

The flat was 100% smoke logged and crews found a small fire in the kitchen. Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the fire by 10:49am.

The flat was badly smoke damaged and the family have been left homeless.

The cause of the fire was accidental after an electrical fault in a fridge freezer.

Watch Manager Paul Burder from Braintree Fire Station said: “This incident highlights the importance of having working smoke alarms in your home and we want to encourage everyone to check they have a working smoke alarm on every level of their home. Make sure to test your smoke alarms weekly.

“If you or someone you know doesn’t have working smoke alarms at home, we can fit them for free during a home safety visit. You can book a visit online at www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book or call us on 0300 303 0088.”

Register your appliances today

Have you ever checked if your fridge, tumble dryer or washing machine have been recalled for safety reasons?

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

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


Could you be an on-call firefighter in your community?

Firefighters who attended this incident are on-call. On-call firefighters have everyday lives and jobs, until their pager sounds; then they immediately make their way to the fire station.

If you live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be an on-call firefighter. Find out more at: join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

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Deliberate food truck fire - Esplanade, Canvey Island Crews were called to a food truck alight in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday 14 January). 

On arrival firefighters reported that the truck was 100% alight and worked quickly to extinguish it by 2.37am. 

The fire has been recorded as deliberate. 


Could you be an on-call firefighter in your community?

Some of the firefighters who attended this incident are on-call. On-call firefighters have everyday lives and jobs, until their pager sounds; then they immediately make their way to the fire station.

If you live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be an on-call firefighter. Find out more at: join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8101/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8101/ Tue, 14 Jan 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Could a fire engine get through your road in an emergency? Firefighters are urging drivers to be considerate when leaving their cars after crews were delayed due to bad parking.

Over the weekend, Saffron Walden firefighters were delayed on their return from an incident by cars that were double parked on a road. Crews had to knock on doors to locate owners.

Thankfully, the firefighters were returning from an incident but there have been a number of incidents recently where Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, East of England Ambulance Service and Essex Police have had to find alternate routes.

Watch Manager Paul Curtis from Saffron Walden Fire Station said: “In an emergency, every second counts and delays could mean the difference between life and death.

“When you’re parking, consider if an emergency vehicle can fit through the space.”

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CharityTuesday: Leigh firefighters raise £400 for Lily Leigh firefighters have donated £400 raised by last month’s Christmas Fayre to support a local girl’s treatment.

Lily, who lives in the area, was diagnosed with an aggressive malignant brainstem tumour a few months ago and is trying to raise £300,000 to get treatment in the United States, which isn’t available in this country.

Station Manager Dave Walpole from Leigh Fire Station, said: “Lily only lives a couple of miles from the station and came along recently to have a look around and ask lots of questions.

“Thank you to everyone who supported our Christmas Fayre – both those who came along and everyone who helped to arrange it.

“The event is always popular with the community and it’s great that our firefighters are able to use it to help people in need like Lily.”

So far more than £40,000 has been raised to support Lily. If you would like to show your support, please visit her GoFundMe page.

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House fire - High Street, Shoeburyness Crews were called to a property in High Street, Shoeburyness after reports of a house fire. 

On arrival firefighters reported there was a fire under the stairs and the whole house was heavily smoke logged.

Crews worked quickly to surround the fire, stop it spreading and extinguish it.

Firefighters then searched the house to ensure no one was trapped inside. As the stairs had been completely destroyed by the fire, they had to climb through an upstairs window to gain access to the first floor to carry out their search.

Incident Commander Mark Eaglestone said:

"Our crews worked quickly and efficiently in difficult circumstances - thankfully we did not find anyone inside the property.

"We saw the smoke spread through the house quickly because the internal doors had been left open. 

"It's important that when you leave a room you always close the door behind you - that way if there is a fire it will be contained for longer. 

"And of course, the number one way you can protect yourself and your family from the risk of fire is by making sure you have a working smoke alarm."

The house is no longer habitable.

An investigation will be carried out to determine the cause of the fire.

Do you have working smoke alarms in your home?

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, book a free home safety visit today at www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book


Could you be an on-call firefighter in your community?

Some of the firefighters who attended this incident are on-call. On-call firefighters have everyday lives and jobs, until their pager sounds; then they immediately make their way to the fire station.

If you live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be an on-call firefighter. Find out more at: join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

 

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http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8099/ http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i8099/ Mon, 13 Jan 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Family escape flat fire through window - Nayland Drive, Clacton A family of three escaped from a fire in a block of flats in the early hours of this morning after a candle set alight to their mattress. 

Crews were alerted to the incident after the resident called 999 to say his mattress was on fire and he had pulled it into the first floor lobby area of the two storey block of flats. 

After pulling the mattress into the lobby the man went back into his flat, and then became trapped by smoke and fire.

When firefighters arrived they reported that a woman and child had already been lowered to safety through a window but the man was still trapped inside.

Firefighters quickly pitched a ladder to rescue the man, while more firefighters tackled the mattress fire in the lobby, extinguishing it by 2.22am.

Crew Manager Samuel Mussett, Clacton Fire Station, said:

"Although the homeowner thought he was doing the right thing by moving the mattress out of his flat, he inadvertently moved the fire to the lobby area, not only burning his hands in the process but trapping himself and potentially three other flats.

"It's easy to panic in the moment, but the most important thing to remember is if you discover a fire in your home: get out, stay out and call 999."

The flat has suffered some smoke damage and the lobby area has been badly damaged by fire. 

Do you have working smoke alarms in your home?

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, book a free home safety visit today at www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book


Could you be an on-call firefighter in your community?

Some of the firefighters who attended this incident are on-call. On-call firefighters have everyday lives and jobs, until their pager sounds; then they immediately make their way to the fire station.

If you live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be an on-call firefighter. Find out more at: join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

  

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Road traffic collision - M11, Stansted Crews were called to the slip road from the A120 to the M11 this morning after reports of a road traffic collision involving two cars. 

On arrival firefighters reported that one person was trapped in their car and worked to release them by 10.15am. 

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


Could you be an on-call firefighter in your community?

Firefighters who attended this incident are on-call. On-call firefighters have everyday lives and jobs, until their pager sounds; then they immediately make their way to the fire station.

If you live or work within five minutes of an on-call fire station, you could be an on-call firefighter. Find out more at: join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

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Fire in takeaway restaurant - Southend Road, Rochford Firefighters were called to a kitchen fire in a takeaway restaurant in Southend Road, Rochford last night.

On arrival, crews reported that the extraction system in the kitchen was on fire and had spread through the building into neighbouring rooms.

Firefighters extinguished the fire by 5:56pm.

The flat above the restaurant suffered some smoke damage.

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