Public Survey

A safe and secure county is what we all need to live our lives in peace and prosperity. We need a plan for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service which ensures we can help people to stay safe, reduce the number who are killed or seriously injured and minimise the damage to property and businesses.

I am developing this plan with input from all of those groups and individuals who work in, alongside and with the Service. I now want to make sure the priorities being proposed reflect what you expect from your fire and rescue service.

In this survey, I want to know what you think of the draft priorities and whether anything should be added. I will also ask you to list them in order of importance.  

This is your chance to directly influence the future of your fire and rescue service and help us to deliver the service your community needs.

Once the plan has been agreed, the Service will develop an Integrated Risk Management Plan which sets out how it will deliver on these priorities. 

Thank you

Roger Hirst                                                                                  

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex 



About Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS)

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is one of the largest fire and rescue services in the country, covering an area of 1,400 square miles and a population of 1.7 million people. The Service provides prevention, protection and emergency response services from 51 fire stations, including Urban Search and Rescue, staffed by whole-time and on-call firefighters.

The Service attended 15,616 incidents in 2017-18; 4,785 fires, 6,334 false alarms and 4,497 special services. Of the special services, 1,215 were traffic collisions including rescuing people trapped in vehicles, preventing fires and making the area safe. Special services also include helping other agencies, gaining entry into buildings, dealing with floods, hazardous material spills and responding to some medical incidents.

The Service also helps to prevent incidents happening in the first place and carried out 8,829 Home Safety Visits and ran 1,906 fire prevention campaigns and initiatives. The Service also undertook 1,290 fire safety audits and 2,440 consultations to help protect the public. These efforts to prevent incidents, combined with the gradual improvement of safety standards in manufactured goods, have led to a significant reduction in fires over the last ten years, though numbers do fluctuate year on year.

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