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FOI / 4074 / 2020 - Fire appliances/road traffic accidents


Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I can confirm that Essex County Fire & Rescue Service does hold this information.

Please see below the answers to your request.

Final Response:

1) How many of your fire trucks/engines were destroyed (by destroyed I mean damaged beyond economic repair) in 2018/19 following any kind of road traffic accident? What was the make and model of the most expensive vehicle that was written off?

There have been no appliances written-off (damaged beyond economic repair) as the result of a claim.

2) What was the total cost of this damage to your service because of the accidents referred to in Q.1?


3) If you were insured and suffered no direct cost other than through your insurance premiums, please provide me with a figure for the total value of those vehicles when written off.


4) In the 2018/19 financial year, how many claims of compensation were paid to members of the public who were injured in a collision involving one of your vehicles and what was the total amount of the compensation? Please note that members of the public could be a passenger in your vehicle, a pedestrian or the driver/passenger in another vehicle.

In the financial year of 2018/19, one claim totalling £700.00 in compensation was paid. However, this does not reflect any associated costs such as legal fees or disbursements.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to apply for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of your original email and should be addressed to: Internal Review, Performance & Data Team, Kelvedon Park, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex CM8 3HB.

Please ensure you quote the above reference number in all future communications.

Please note that the response and data released to you as part of this request will be published on the Essex County Fire & Rescue Service website. The website address is All requests will be anonymised and no personal information including contact details will be disclosed as part of this process.

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