Essex County Fire and Rescue

Essex County Fire and Rescue

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We improve, protect and save lives. Our vision: To make Essex a safe place to live, work and travel. Our priorities: Service Led, Community Focused, Kind Culture, Financially Sustainable. About Essex County Fire and Rescue Service Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is one of the largest Fire and Rescue Services in the country, serving a county within which there are a wide variety of risks. The Service is governed by Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Fire and Rescue Authority (EPFCC). The EPFCC Fire

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ContactEssex County Fire & Rescue

Telephone0300 3035555

Websitewww.essex-fire.gov.uk/

AddressEssex County Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters
Kelvedon Park
Rivenhall
Witham
Essex
CM8 3HB

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Two casualties freed from crash - Kents Hill Road, Benfleet

Firefighters freed two casualties from a road traffic collision in Kents Hill Road, Benfleet.

Crews were called today at 8.53pm and found a collision involving two cars.

They stabilised the vehicles, freed two casualties by 9.23pm and left them 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 - people 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/oncall

Candle starts bedroom fire - Hilltop Lane, Saffron Walden

On-call firefighters extinguished a bedroom fire caused by an unattended candle.

Two crews from Saffron Walden attended the incident in Hilltop Lane, Saffron Walden yesterday (27 September) at 9.27pm.

They found a fire in a ground floor bedroom in a chalet bungalow. The property was heavily smoke logged.

Crews extinguished the fire by 10.06pm and used a fan to ventilate the property, however, it was left uninhabitable.

Watch Manager Paul Curtis said: "It looks like an unattended candle left on a dresser set a curtain alight and the fire spread through the room, causing significant damage to the bedroom and smoke damage throughout the property.

"Thankfully a smoke alarm alerted the occupants and they did the right thing - they got out, stayed out and called 999. If possible, when you are leaving your house, close as many doors as possible to stop the smoke and fire from spreading."  

One of the occupants used a garden hose to douse the fire through a window from outside the property, before crews arrived.


Could you be an on-call firefighter?

The firefighters who attended this incident were on-call firefighters - people 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/oncall


Candles: What precuations should I take?

  • Make sure candles are secured in a proper holder and are away from materials that may catch fire – like curtains.
  • Put candles out when you leave the room, and make sure they’re put out completely at night.
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, but avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping.
  • Trim the wick to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring.
  • Don’t move candles once they are lit.
  • Do not burn several candles close together as this might cause flaring.

Fire Service supports countywide campaign following demand for mental

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is supporting a countywide campaign which launches this month and aims to tackle declining mental wellbeing in the county as a result of coronavirus. The campaign is being led by Essex County Council (ECC) and is supported by partners and organisations across Essex.

Latest figures show the number of assessments by adult mental health practitioners have increased by around 50% and referrals to mental health professionals have increased significantly. The Essex Mental Health and Wellbeing Team is also seeing its highest number of referrals since it was established.

In response, Essex County Council is launching Mental Health Essex, a targeted, countywide campaign that aims to reach those most at risk of suffering with mental health issues as a result of Covid-19, providing information and support.

Jo Turton, Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are living in uncertain times during this pandemic and for many people, it’s taking a toll on our mental wellbeing. As key workers in Essex, we know how essential it is to support each other and to reach out for support when you need to.

“As well as providing mental health support for our colleagues, we want to support our communities and signpost them to help in Essex.

“If you are feeling low, anxious or not quite yourself, don’t suffer in silence. Reach out to loved ones and head over to www.essex.gov.uk/mental-health to find support in your area. If you are worried about someone, be there for them where you can and signpost them to support.”

Director of Public Health, Dr Mike Gogarty said: “Early data reveals that as a country, anxiety has risen and wellbeing has fallen as a result of Covid-19, and Essex is no different, which is obviously very concerning.

“Our own research suggests that the rates of depression for adults in the county may rise from affecting 11.1% of the population to 22.6% with anxiety levels possibly rising from 18% to 21.6%. This would take the total population of those with common mental health concerns from 128,000 individuals to 195,000 individuals. We must do all we can to stop this happening by reaching out to these people and ensuring they are aware of the support available to them.

“Whether you are worried about money, have lost loved ones, have been feeling anxious about the pandemic, feeling depressed, stressed or isolated, we understand and we are here for you.”

Since March, coronavirus restrictions have meant families, individuals, and groups in shared households have been living in isolation from their friends and families. This will continue following new rules put in place this week, where the number of people allowed at social gatherings has decreased from thirty to six.

Along with many feeling isolated, others have lost loved ones or not been able to say goodbye to those who have died during the pandemic. Schools and businesses have had restricted openings and for many people working patterns have changed.

Additional pressure has been caused by people needing to juggle home working, home schooling, caring for children, financial uncertainty, job losses, working in restricted conditions or being on the front line in supporting the fight against the virus.

Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, Cllr John Spence said: “Mental illness is a scourge. Once someone’s life is blighted by it, it is so hard to shake free. So, let’s do the things that stop us getting ill. Getting exercise, meeting people, as far as we are allowed to, and eating well, all make a real difference. Let’s remove the shame of mental illness, so that when people are struggling, they don’t hide it but quickly seek the help they need, so what starts as a problem does not become an emergency.”

The campaign uses local insight to target specific groups that have been identified as being most affected by the pandemic, and who may be suffering more with their mental health. These groups are:

  • Those with employment issues (furloughed, newly unemployed, at risk of redundancy)
  • Those with young children (those with children age 0-4 higher risk, but also increase in MH issues for those with 0-15s)
  • Women (due to caring responsibilities)
  • Younger adults

ECC and partners across the county offer a wide range of support to those struggling with their mental health. More details about support available throughout the county can be found on the Essex County Council web pages: www.essex.gov.uk/mental-health

Regular exercise can help with mental wellbeing and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s Fitness Team promotes fitness and nutrition advice on its Instagram. Follow the team for fitness advice including home workouts: @ecfrs_fitness.


Page last updated 25 September, 2020

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