Firefighters have urged farmers to consider fireplace security following a name out to a discipline fireplace in Essex final evening (Monday, July 17).

Crews from Essex Hearth and Rescue Service had been referred to as to Ludgores Lane in Danbury at round 9:20p.m final evening after a mix harvester caught fireplace.

When the crews arrived, the hearth has unfold to roughly 10ac of crops. Crews from Chelmsford (two), Maldon (two), Rayleigh Weir and Witham, and off-road autos from Billericay and Burnham helped deal with the hearth.

Group supervisor Craig McLellan mentioned: “Crews did a improbable job of surrounding the hearth so shortly and stopping it from spreading.

“The hearth affected about 10ac of crops so that they needed to work extremely arduous to extinguish it. I’d prefer to thank the farmer for help too.

“As a result of rural location, crews have arrange a water relay to extinguish the hearth affecting the mix harvester.” 

It’s believed that the reason for the hearth was unintended.

Hearth security

Following final evening’s incident Essex Hearth and Rescue Service have urged farmers to consider fireplace security, throughout harvest season particularly, “to cut back the danger of devastating and harmful fires”.

It has mentioned that farm equipment is without doubt one of the high causes of rural/farm fires.

To scale back the danger of a fireplace it suggested farmers to maintain equipment and autos properly maintained and serviced recurrently, and to scrub equipment recurrently to maintain it free from hay, straw, oil and grease.

This messages comes at an apt time because the eleventh annual Farm Security Week is underway – the theme of which is ‘Farm Security Begins with Me’.

A drive-home message of this theme is for farmers to take the time to assessment the protection measures on their farm.

Echoing this message, the Nationwide Farmers’ Union (NFU) is that this week operating a marketing campaign encouraging farmers to “take 5 to remain alive”.

The thought behind this message is that taking 5 minutes earlier than a duties permits time to judge the duty at hand and implement methods to make the duty safer.