Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

  1. 'Emergency services here for you' says fire and police commissioner

    "The emergency services are here for you and we are carrying on, business as usual, keeping our county safe."

    This was the message from Roger Hirst, the police, fire and crime commissioner for Essex.

    In his latest video post, he reminded everyone to "stay alert to stay safe" and to "keep social distancing".

    "This situation has affected us all. Our day to day lives have changed and we have lost or know someone who has lost someone," he added.

    "This has not been an easy time."

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  2. Online safety advice from fire and police experts

    Online safety advice aimed at children and young people is being offered by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service alongside the county's police force as education officers cannot visit schools during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Education officer Neil Soanes said he would normally be discussing road safety and the equipment used in collisions as well as using a quiz to show when youngsters need to be extra vigilant.

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  3. 'Celebrate VE Day at home', says police and fire commissioner

    BBC Essex

    VE Day street parties are "not allowed", even if you are "socially distancing", Roger Hirst, the police, fire and crime commissioner for Essex, has said.

    In a specially-recorded message, he asks people to celebrate at home.

    "We are asking people to remain at home and celebrate with your own household or on social media because we still need people to stay home and save lives."

    He is also reminding people not to visit Essex's "coastal tourist spots".

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  4. Today is Test Tuesday

    Alex Pope

    BBC News Online

    If you are struggling with finding something for your children to do while you are in lockdown...

    ...follow in Harriett's footsteps and test your smoke alarm.

    The three-year-old, is taking part in home safety activities for Children, as set out by Essex Fire Service.

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  5. Essex firefighters join NHS frontline

    Katy Lewis

    BBC News Online

    Essex firefighters will be joining frontline NHS staff from today to support them in their efforts against the coronavirus pandemic.

    The 10 retained firefighters, who are usually on-call at fire stations across the county, will begin work as ambulance drivers, alongside East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust paramedics.

    Essex firefighters

    An agreement was reached last week for fire service personnel nationally to support the work of the NHS during the crisis.

    Essex's chief fire officer Jo Turton said about 90 firefighters had come forward and she "could not be prouder".

    "We’ll be proceeding with 10 firefighters, but there is potential to increase that and we are open to exploring different options around this," she said.

  6. Shop donates gloves and hand sanitiser to fire service

    There are so many acts of kindness out there, and we're trying to highlight just a few of them.

    Officers from Essex Fire Service in Orsett have thanked staff from Accessorize in Thurrock for donating gloves and hand sanitiser to their fire station.

    Fire engine and donated goods
  7. Video content

    Video caption: Danbury double-decker bus blaze tackled by firefighters

    Passengers were led to the side of the A12 after the bus burst into flames.