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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 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. Essex has one of the largest sections of coastline (350 miles) in the country.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service 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 in Kelvedon, where the service also has a mobilising control centre. The service is governed by Essex Police Fire and Crime Commissioner, Fire and Rescue Authority, which is responsible for fire & rescue services covering an area over 1,400 square miles and a population of 1.8 million.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

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

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 – 2019/20

Service Area

1,417 square miles

Population

1.85m people
up4% local 5 yr change

Workforce

61% wholetime firefighters
39% on-call firefighters
0.56 per 1000 population local
0.57 national level
down6% local 5 yr change
down8% national 5 yr change

Assets

50 stations
67 fire engines

Incidents

2.5 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
2.6 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
3.1 national
3.1 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
4.1 national

Cost

£22.27 firefighter cost per person per year
£24.53 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Jo Turton