Will The Fire Service Questionnaire Excite You?

Sunday, February 7, 2016 admin 0

The Essex Fire And Rescue Service are carrying out another consultation – you can find it here. Don’t get too excited. All the options they’re proposing involve removing the second appliance at Rayleigh Weir. You are basically given a choice of : cuts fewer cuts even more cuts saying something […]

“A Choice Of Limbs”

Thursday, January 14, 2016 admin 1

Southend Labour Councillor Julian Ware Lane has written on his blog about the latest Essex Fire And Rescue Service meeting. He’s not happy with the process, nor the apparent glee of the Tory Councillors in charge: The consultation exercise is akin to offering a perfectly healthy patient a choice of […]

Rayleigh Looks Set To Lose A Fire Engine.

Thursday, January 7, 2016 admin 2

At Rawreth Parish Council tonight, councillors expressed concern about news they had seen in the Echo about restructuring of the fire service – including the possible loss of one of the fire engines at Rayleigh Weir fire station. You can see more on the Essex Fire and Rescue Service website […]

An Old Fire Engine… And A Frozen River

Saturday, September 19, 2015 admin 0

The Rochford District History Archive has just added some evocative photos of the Rayleigh Fire Service in the 1950s and 1960s, including the above vehicle, bought in 1929 but still in use in 1950, a fire at the Ladies Toilet on Crown Hill, and a forozen River Crouch at Battlesbridge!

A “Toxic” Culture In the Essex Fire And Rescue Service

Thursday, September 3, 2015 admin 1

A review into life inside the Essex Fire And Rescue Service has jutst been published – and is pretty grim reading, showing a ‘toxic’ culture of bullying and other serious problems as well. You can download the whole report here. Here are some extracts: 1. Essex County Fire and Rescue […]

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How The Fire Service Saw It…

Thursday, March 12, 2015 admin 2

The Fire Service’s blow-by-blow account of the Michelins Farm fire can be found on their website here. There are some good photos as well. Here’s a few extracts: Firefighters are tackling a large tyre fire near the Fairglen Interchange on the A130. The incident commander reports that a pile of […]

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The Black Cloud

Monday, March 9, 2015 admin 4

The Echo reports tonight: Firefighters are at the scene of a large tyre fire near the Fairglen Interchange on the A130. A pile of tyres covering an area of 50 metres by 20 metres and stacked two metres high is alight, the incident commander reports. Two crews from Rayleigh Weir […]

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Rawreth Parish Council Meets This Wednesday

Sunday, March 1, 2015 admin 0

Rawreth Parish Council holds its next meeting this Wednesday at 7:30 pm in the Village Hall. As usual, there will be a chance to ask questions and to get a hot drink! The special item is a presentation by station officer Duncan Lewis Essex County Fire and Rescue Service Volunteers

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A Fire Sale ?

Sunday, February 24, 2013 admin 3

A regular onlineFOCUS reader has contacted us because he is concerned about possible plans to privatise the Fire Service. The Daily Mirror reported earlier this?month: All 46 fire and rescue services in England could be sold off to private firms under secret Government plans.Local government minister Brandon Lewis calls for […]