ESSEX Fire and Rescue Service is to undertake a review of its operations in Thurrock as it plans for the borough's expansion.

The force has announced it is launching a review of prevention, protection and emergency response service provision in the area.

Brigagde spokesperson Scott Morrow said: "From a fire and rescue service perspective, Thurrock already has a substantial and diverse risk profile.

"With a concentration of large industrial and commercial sites, as well as a significant resident population, the area currently presents a range of risk management challenges that are not found elsewhere in the county - and Thurrock is growing fast.

"It sits at the heart of the Thames Gateway regeneration area and, as a result, is benefiting from a programme of sustained inward investment that will extend for many years."

The brigade is also seeking public opinion about its service and is inviting comment on its plans.

Mr Morrow continued: "In the last three years, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has made significant progress in making the lives of those who live, work and visit Essex safer.

"Although significant work has been done, there is still work to be done in the short, medium and long term in creating an efficient and effective, value-for-money organisation.

"That's where we need your help - and be assured, YOUR OPINION COUNTS! The Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) 2008-2011 sets out our proposals for the next three years. The plan is offered for public consultation until December 24, 2007 and we'd like you to tell us what you think.

"You can download a copy of our full plan, or a summary version at The document is also available in hard copy format in your local library or on request from ECFRS' Business Excellence team on 01277 222531.