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Fire and Rescue Plan 2024/28 Consultation

The Fire and Rescue Plan

The Fire and Rescue Plan sets out the priorities for fire and rescue services in Essex and a series of strong, tangible commitments to how we will help keep our communities safe.  The plan brings together the Service, partners and the public to build safe and secure communities and offer efficient and effective prevention, protection and response activity.

The plan sets out a clear direction for development of the Service and how, by working closer together with other emergency services and wider partners, we can deliver a better service while being closer to the communities we serve.

Developing the priorities 

Following the Commissioner’s re-election in May 2024, we are now developing the Police and Crime Plan and Fire and Rescue Plan which will set the strategic priorities for both services. 

You can learn more about the priorities Mr Hirst was elected on in his manifesto Roger Hirst Manifesto 2024.pdf (

Proposed Fire and Rescue Plan Priorities 

  •  Ensure vulnerable people are protected 
  •  Improve road safety and reduce road death in Essex to Zero 
  • Promote a positive culture and develop the workforce  
  • Make buildings across Essex safer 
  • Improve productivity 
  • Adapt to our changing environment

Through the election the public have already helped set out what they want from their services, but we want your continued help to shape what you want from your services over the next four years.  

You can view the current Fire and Rescue Plan here: ECFRS-Fire-and-rescue-plan 2019/24(

Over the summer we are running partner workshops, public engagements, group activities and a public survey so we can gather your thoughts about whether the priorities are right, if there is something we have missed and what should be included. This valuable feedback helps the priorities develop. You can view the developing versions of the priorities in the documents below.

20240611 Master V1 Fire and Rescue Plan Priorities

20240611 Master V2 Fire and Rescue Plan Priorities

20240611 Master V3 Fire and Rescue Plan Priorities

20240611 Master V4 Fire and Rescue Plan Priorities

Public Survey

All people who live and work in Essex are being asked for their views on priorities for both plans by completing a short four-minute survey.

The survey can be accessed here:

If you would like a printed version of the survey please contact us at [email protected]


The Fire and Rescue Plan context 

 During 2022/23 the Service:

  • Carried out 10,284 Home Fire Safety checks in 2023/24, 3,000 more than in the 12 months before and 50 per cent more than delivered in 2022.  
  • Undertook 1,974 risk-based inspections, which is an increase on the previous year of 1,157 (41 per cent increase).
  • Audited all high-rise residential buildings in Essex to ensure compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (as amended) and the Fire Safety (England) Regulations, which came into force in January 2023 as result of the Grenfell Tower fire.
  • Female starters increased from 16% to 21% and starters of a minority ethnicity rose from 2.8% to 6.4 per cent.
  • In line with climate change and the impact this has on the County given 72 per cent of Essex is classed as rural, the Service is proactively engaging with rural communities following the hot summer and field fires of 2022 and flood risks. Using a branded tractor from local dealership Crawfords Group a team attends community, farming events and agricultural shows.
  • Developed its use of date to understand where collisions are happening and identify risk in communities, enabling the targeting of those most at risk.  
  •  Is developing its capacity to deal with incidents involving electric vehicles and lithium-ion batteries.  
  •  HMICFRS rated the Service as good at understanding and preventing fires and other risks in Essex and as ‘good’ at future affordability. 
  •  It was rated ‘requires improvement’ in responding to fires and other emergencies, making best use of resources, promoting the right value and culture and getting the right people with the right skills.   


PFCC for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HB
01245 291600

If your enquiry relates to operational policing or a crime please contact Essex Police

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