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Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) is one of the largest fire and rescue services in the country, serving a county which includes Stansted and Southend airports, Harwich seaport, Lakeside shopping centre, Coryton oil refinery, power stations, docks at Tilbury and parts of the M25 and M11 motorways.

The service is governed by Essex Police Fire and Crime Commissioner, Fire and Rescue Authority. Essex Police Fire and Crime Commissioner, Fire and Rescue Authority is responsible for fire & rescue services covering an area over 1,400 square miles and a population of 1.7 million.

Essex is a county of contrasts. It contains numerous ecologically important areas and manages one of the largest sections of coastline (350 miles) in the country. There are various conservation areas and over 14,000 listed buildings. Essex has a rural and urban mix, featuring excellent transport links and leisure opportunities which attract people to the area. Significant numbers of people settle in Essex, and employment opportunities attract economic migrants.

ECFRS provides prevention, protection and emergency response services from 50 fire stations and an Urban Search and Rescue facility. The organisation is administered from its headquarters at Kelvedon Park in Kelvedon, where the service also has a mobilising control centre.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Zoë Billingham
    is HMI for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’s Eastern fire region

Contact Zoë Billingham

HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this service

For over 160 years, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary independently assessed and reported on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and policing, in the public interest.

In summer 2017, HMIC (now HMICFRS) took on inspections of England’s fire & rescue services, assessing and reporting on their efficiency, effectiveness and leadership.

Key facts – 2018/19

Service Area

1,420 square miles

Population

1.83m people
up4% local 5 yr change

Workforce

61% wholetime firefighters
39% on-call firefighters
0.56 per 1000 population local
0.58 national level
down11% local 5 yr change
down11% national 5 yr change

Assets

50 stations
69 fire engines

Incidents

2.7 fire incidents per 1000 population local
3.3 national
2.5 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.9 national
3.3 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
4.1 national

Cost

£19.98 firefighter cost per person per year
£22.08 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Jo Turton