05.10.2017 | Statement: BBC story re Southend crew
“Our Fire Stations are community properties, and sometimes families of our firefighters bring their children to the station at weekends.
“While we encourage this family spirit, our Fire Stations are still a workplace, and we expect the behaviours on stations and across all our sites to reflect our Service values and exemplify professionalism.
“The photos we have seen have raised concerns, we have liaised with the appropriate statutory agencies and a thorough investigation and process has now started. We believe that no harm was caused to the children, and that the parents were present throughout the event.
“Our Fire and Rescue Service is trusted within the county, and we’re proud of the work we do to protect and save lives in the communities we serve.
“The Firefighters involved are embarrassed and regretful of how this event has been interpreted. This is a standalone incident, and not reflective of the professionalism and diligence our firefighters display. It does not give the right impression to our public, and it is not who we are.
“Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is proud of our employees and the work we do to make Essex a safe place to live, work and travel.”
02.10.2017 | Roger Hirst takes on role as country’s first Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Adam Eckley, said:
“Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has undertaken significant reform in recent years to become one of the best-performing Services for preventing fires and other emergencies.
“This change in our governance is a significant milestone in our transformation journey and an important and exciting step for us locally.
“As the first Fire and Rescue Service in the country to come under a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, all eyes will be upon us. I am looking forward to working more collaboratively to benefit our Essex communities.
“I would like to thank all Essex Fire Authority members, who have over the last 20 years played a significant role in progressing and evolving our Service to fit the needs of our local communities.”