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Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is responsible for serving Essex including the unitary authorities of Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea.

Contact this service for:

  • home and business safety checks
  • advice for builders and building owners
  • help installing smoke alarms
  • school visits
  • community events
  • jobs, apprenticeships and volunteering
  • youth and cadet schemes
  • complaints

Contact details

Kelvedon Park,

Data for this service

Updated quarterly


Incidents attended

-5% less compared with previous year

Incidents breakdown

Updated quarterly

Fires false alarms 40%

Fires 30%

Non-fire incidents e.g. road traffic collisions 30%


False Alarms




Non fire incidents

Workforce and assets

Updated annually




Fire stations


Fire appliances (pumps, aerial, other)

4% of firefighters are women

2.5% of firefighters are ethnic minority


Updated annually at different times


million in funding (core spending power) for 2020/21


million in expenditure for the year 19/20


increase from 2019/2020 to 2020/21


Money that has been set aside for specific projects or to cover unexpected costs

million in reserves

Incidents, work force and other data

Current and historical data for this service are published on GOV.UK. This includes: 

  • the type of incidents attended
  • causes of fires
  • deaths and injuries from fire
  • workforce numbers and diversity
  • firefighter pensions
  • fire prevention and protection activity

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Fire and rescue services are required to publish the following financial information:

These requirements come from the local government transparency code 2015.

HMICFRS Inspection Results

Essex in their HMICFRS inspection report received the following gradings in the three inspection categories – 

Effectiveness - Requires improvement

Efficiency - Requires improvement

People - Requires improvement.

The report was published on 17 December 2019 and can be found at -

Who manages Essex Fire and Rescue Service

Chief Fire Officer: Jo Turton

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner: Roger Hirst 

The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner is responsible for the fire and rescue service. There is protected funding for fire and rescue.

Integrated Risk Management Plans (IRMP)

It is a requirement under the Fire and Rescue National Framework that each Fire and Rescue Authority must produce an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP).  The IRMP should be easily accessible and publicly available.  Each plan must reflect all foreseeable fire and rescue related risks that could affect their communities, whether they are local, cross-border, multi-authority and/or national in nature; set out its management strategy; reflect effective consultation throughout its development with the community, its workforce & partners, and cover at least a three-year timespan.  Most Fire and Rescue Authority will review and update their IRMP on an annual basis.

View the long term plan for fire and rescue services in Essex (IRMP).


If you have a complaint about your fire and rescue service, please contact them directly. If you have completed their complaints process and are still not happy, find out who you can speak to next.

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