Residents in Basildon may have seen firefighters at a school in the area today.

This is because Essex Fire Rescue Service carried out a training exercise in Fairview Road with about 20 firefighters involved.

They took part in a simulation which was based on a fire within in a school building, with people trapped inside.

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Smoke could be seen billowing from the building with several fire engines at the site for the exercise.

Echo: Photo: Essex Fire and Rescue ServicePhoto: Essex Fire and Rescue Service

The firefighters tested out the service's breathing apparatus and emergency procedures.

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Watch Manager Mark Blakebrough said: “Our training went well and we’d like to thank all the local residents for their patience during the exercise.”

A spokesman for the service added: "We regularly test emergency response procedures to ensure we are always there to keep everyone who lives, works and travels in Essex safe."