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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 Fire Authority, representing Essex County Council, Thurrock Council and Southend Council areas. Essex Fire 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. The organisation is administered from its headquarters at Kelvedon Park in Kelvedon, where the service also has a mobilising control centre.
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.