Emergency - Tel: 999
Police non emergency - Tel: 101


To view a list of defibrillators on Mersea Island: click here
To view the map of defibrillators on Mersea Island: click here 
If you wish to join the Mersea Island Community First Responders please telephone 07974 661829. For more information on the Mersea Island Community First Responders click here 


Always call 999 to report an emergency.

West Mersea Fire Station is an on-call fire station in Barfield Road, West Mersea. On-call firefighters are people who live or work within five minutes of the fire station, they go about their daily lives and jobs until they are called by the fire service to attend an incident. They protect their local area by responding to incidents such as fires and road traffic collisions as well as community safety work.

West Mersea Fire Station is always recruiting on-call firefighters - if you live or work within five minutes of the fire station, are over 18, have a good fitness level and want to get paid for protecting your local community then find our more: click here 

West Mersea Fire Brigade began in a shed on the corner of Melrose Road - it was crewed by 12 part time volunteers. The first fire engine was a hand cart and firefighters were summoned by one of them cycling round the island blowing a bugle. In 1935 they fundraised and purchased their first proper fire engine - a Dennis - and new Headquarters were built in Melrose Road (now the Scout HQ). In 1973 the Fire Station moved to Barfield Road, when the 999 system and personal pagers came into use.


RNLI - The Mersea Lifeboat is manned by local volunteers. 
The first Lifeboat Station was built next to the Yacht Club on the corner of Firs Chase in 1963, when a D class Lifeboat was put into service - one of the first ten lifeboats established in the country. In 1971 the D class was replaced with an Atlantic 21 Lifeboat. In October 2014 the new lifeboat B-879 "Just George" arrived.
Contact: Lifeboat Operations Manager, West Mersea Lifeboat Station, Coast Road, West Mersea, CO5 8PG.
Tel: 01206 382914


Police non emergency - Tel: 101 or click on the website link to report on-line: Digital 101 | Essex Police - For reporting non emergency crime and incidents, road traffic accidents, lost and found property, fraud, hate crimes, abandoned cars, speeding jet skis and boats etc.
To contact the Colchester Community Policing Team for non emergency issues email: or telephone 07773 537924 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm).

Marine Police 
If a jet ski or boat is causing concern for health and safety call 999.

Should a member of the public not be satisfied with the level of service, their complaint can be directed to the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner, Mr Roger Hirst, at Essex Police, contact

Crimestoppers - Tel: 0800 555 111 
Anonymous crime reporting line.

StreetSafe is a service for anyone to anonymously tell the Police about public places where you have felt or feel unsafe, because of environmental issues, eg., street lighting, abandoned buildings or vandalism and/or because of some behaviours, eg., being followed or verbally abused. 
Please note: StreetSafe is not for reporting crime or incidents. If something has happened to you or someone you know (including in public spaces online) you can telephone 101.

Anonymous crime reporting line, similar to Crimestoppers but aimed at children, youths and young adults.

Anti-Social Behaviour Hotline
Colchester City Council and Essex Police have joined forces to provide you with a direct line to report anti-social behaviour. You can now speak to a team of dedicated specialists who can talk through your problems and if necessary, deal with your call more efficiently by assigning it to the correct agency.
The ASB hotline number is 01206 282731, it will operate between 8.30am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. Callers outside these times should leave a message - but urgent calls (i.e threat to life) should ring 999. 


Beach Hut Watch organises patrols of member's beach huts in West Mersea reporting damage to owners and the Police. They liaise with local Police on crime prevention and with local councils and other parties to maintain and enhance beach amenities and the environment.
Chairman: Mr Bob Winnington - Tel: 07988 646384 or email:
Patrol Officer: Adam & Leah Scott-Hays - Tel: 07912 499947.
If you discover damage to any of the beach huts please telephone Colchester City Council on 01206 282911. 
Any information connected with offences against beach huts should be forwarded to Colchester Police Station - Tel: 01206 762212. 

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Contact Details

West Mersea Town Council
10 Melrose Road, West Mersea
Colchester, Essex, CO5 8JD


Telephone: 01206 382128

Office opening hours:
Monday & Friday
9am to 12pm.

You can still contact us by telephone and email at other times.