29.03.2019 | Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive Jo Turton comment on wholetime recruitment 2019
"Last year's recruitment campaign saw us successfully recruit multiple squads of new firefighters.
"We’ve watched these new recruits learn a huge amount through our intensive training programme and join colleagues across the county in providing an outstanding service to our communities.
"All firefighters bring something different to the team, and we recognise the value that diversity brings. It enriches our perspective, and broadens the skills and attributes required of a high performing organisation.
"All of our firefighters are united by one common mission – the commitment to making Essex a safe place to live work and travel, and we are looking for outstanding people who are dedicated to working as a team to achieve this.
"I would encourage anyone thinking about becoming a firefighter to apply on Tuesday 16 April 2019."
20.03.2019 | Statement on Anglia Ruskin University's report that finds moisturisers and creams can be flammable hazards
Andre Turner, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, Technical Fire Safety team, said:
"This important research has found that many of our communities’ most vulnerable people – including the disabled and elderly – may be putting themselves at risk of fire without even realising it.
"Most of us have used moisturisers and creams at some point to reduce the dryness of our skin, but until now it has never been clear exactly how dangerous they can be.
“Here in Essex we have been called to several serious incidents where we believe these products have played a significant part in the spread and severity of the fire. This is a genuine issue and I would urge people to follow our advice to ensure they stay safe."
29.03.2019 | Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive Jo Turton commented on the Gender Pay Gap Report 2018-19.
"We are proud of the decrease in the Gender Pay Gap which we reported in 2018 but acknowledge there is still work to be done to close the gap further.
“We are confident that the gender pay gap does not stem from paying men and women differently for the same or equivalent work.
“Rather the gender pay gap is the result of the roles in which men and women work within the organisation and the salaries that these roles attract.
“We are clear that at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service we do not recruit on gender or any other factor - we always recruit the best person for the job.
“We also recognise the value that diversity brings by enriching our perspective, and broadening the skills and attributes required of a high performing organisation.
“We have an Inclusion and Diversity Steering Group that monitors the progress against our Equality Objectives as well as the work that we are undertaking to create an inclusive workplace for all.
“The creation of a Women’s Forum is helping our Service to better understand perceived barriers to women as well as capture suggestions regarding improvements that we can make to ensure equality of opportunity and overall inclusion.”
The full report can be found online and the data used is from 31 March 2018. Twelve weeks of data up to 31 March 2018 was used to populate the on-call data - this is in line with Local Government Association's advice for on-call and aligns with the regulations for workers without set hours.