It's been announced today that Essex PCC Roger Hirst will take on responsibility of the local fire and rescue service.
Westcliff: Homes Evacuated Following Church Fire
Around 12 people have been evacuated from their homes following a fire in a church in Westcliff.
Five people have also received first aid after suffering mild stroke inhalation.
Firefighters were called to the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Northview Drive just after 4am today (Monday 10 March).
The single storey building was found to be 25% alight and completely smoke logged.
It was extinguished by 5.38am.
An investigation into how the fire started will now be carried out.
A chief Essex medic has told Heart all local councils and CCGs are now coming together to tackle mental health.
Doctors and health care leaders today announced a new development in the options for future hospital services in mid and south Essex.
Residents are being urged to give their views on the Chelmsford City Growth Package.
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