Essex County Fire and Rescue Authority
Elected Chairman June 2008
Having spent all of my working life in the fire protection industry it was very rewarding and a great privilege to be elected Chairman of the County Fire Authority
We are fortunate in Essex to have such a skilled and dedicated Fire and Rescue Service that is committed to providing the very best service to the communities and people who they serve.
The County Fire and Rescue Mission: To save and protect lives, property and the environment.
With a patch covering almost 400,000 hectares and a population of more than 1.5 million, Essex is one of the largest County fire services in the UK.
The county contains every conceivable risk - oil and gas terminals, a power station, two airports, docks, and arguably the country's busiest motorway, the M25 which runs through the heart of our ground.
That's why we continue to strive for operational excellence, doing more than we have ever done to keep Essex safe. With a modernisation agenda and a focus on providing an efficient, effective, value-for-money service, our efforts are firmly fixed on directing our resources in the areas where they can be best utilised.
As well as fighting fires, attending road accidents and dealing with major emergencies, we are being given new responsibilities for preventative community safety work. We take this responsibility seriously and have embarked on a number of innovative schemes to educate and protect those most vulnerable in our communities. We will be doing more.
We currently employ 967 full-time and 524 retained firefighters, along with a support staff of 277 working from our control, training, workshops and service locations.
Our 51 fire stations - 18 wholetime and 33 retained - are sited to offer fire and rescue cover to every community within the county.
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On becoming Chairman I decided to hold an annual dinner dance and auction for childrens charities. The first of these was held at the popular Stockbrook Country Club, in Billericay in 2009 and over £5000 was raised this went to the Burned Children’s Club.
Following on from this success we held another in aid of the Extra 21 Downs Syndrome charity and they received £5800.
In addition an annual charity golf challenge between the Chairman of the Essex Police Authority and the Chairman of the EFA takes place to raise funds for various charities. The fire authority won the inaugural challenge and the £800 raised this year will be split between the RNLI & SNAP,