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Fire: Celebrating first anniversary of lifesaving partnership

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

More than 400 patients have been helped by a lifesaving partnership between ambulance staff and firefighters in Norfolk.

A pilot project between the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) to help the most critically ill patients started on 18th July 2016.

Since then firefighters have responded to 405 medical emergencies across the county to help save lives when someone is unconscious and not breathing.

Firefighters from Great Yarmouth, Gorleston, King’s Lynn, Norwich, North Walsham, Sheringham and Thetford are dispatched to cardiac arrest calls alongside ambulance staff and volunteers.

Wendy Risdale-Barrs, EEAST Co-responding Regional Lead, said: “These latest figures are a testament to the excellent collaborative work in Norfolk between our emergency services.  I would like to pay tribute to everyone for getting behind the scheme since day one which has made a significant impact on the lives of many.

“Every second counts when someone is in...

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Fire: New Norfolk fire fighters climb the career ladder with passing out parade

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

A passing out parade celebrating the hard work of Norfolk’s newest full-time firefighters has been held in Norwich. 


Senior Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service staff, friends and families of the new recruits gathered at the Training Centre in Bowthorpe today (Friday).

Over the last 12 weeks, the whole time staff have been through a rigorous practical and written training plan to learn the key skills of the job.

Their training will now continue as they join their Watches in Carrow (Norwich), Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn, where they will be in development for the next couple of years.

As well as learning how to use the equipment and breathing apparatus as part of their course, they have taken part in activities including:
• Simulating a high-rise tower block fire
• Training with MOD fire colleagues at RAF Mildenhall
• Mock road traffic collisions
• Water rescue

During the passing out parade, the fire fighters demonstrated their new skills by carrying out mock scenarios...

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Fire: Norfolk Fire And Rescue Service reminds the public of Home Safety Advice

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Norfolk residents are being reminded of the importance of home safety and fire prevention by the county’s fire and rescue service. 


The advice comes as community safety officers continue to visit Norfolk’s mid-rise flats and reassure residents about the safety of their homes following the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is continuing to work with partners including district councils, housing associations and Norfolk County Council’s Trading Standards Team to speak to people about any concerns they have relating to the safety of their homes.
The continuing public reassurance work follows operational checks to the cladding on all Norfolk’s high-rise buildings.

Garry Collins, Head of Fire Protection and Prevention, said: “Thankfully, fires such as that in Grenfell Tower are extremely rare. We would urge the public to take some simple home safety measures to ensure that they remain safe in their homes and reduce the risk of fire. We do also offer...

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Fire: Fire chiefs continue safety checks and offer public reassurance following Grenfell Tower blaze

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

 

Fire safety teams in Norfolk are continuing to make home visits and reassure the public about the safety of tower blocks across the county following the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

Staff from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) are working closely with Norfolk County Council’s Trading Standards team, district councils and housing associations to speak to people living in mid-rise blocks and individual homes about home safety.

The latest work follows NFRS’s visits, immediately after the fire, to the county’s 10 high rise blocks (nine in Norwich, one in King’s Lynn) to carry out operational checks and reassure the community. They carried out detailed audits, checking the condition and presence of existing fire safety measures such as fire doors, dry riser water mains and notices.

Garry Collins, Head of Fire Protection and Prevention, said: “The safety of our Norfolk residents is our first priority. Following the devastating Grenfell Tower fire,...

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Fire: Norfolk resident has been delivering cakes to the county’s fire service to say thank you for their dedication to the job.

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Support for Norfolk Fire Service after they offer reassurance to residents

 

A   Norfolk resident has been delivering cakes to the county’s fire service to say thank you for their dedication to the job.

Linda Cullum lives in Markham Tower in Norwich, which suffered extensive damage during a blaze in 2011 that was attended by 80 firefighters.

Sprowston Green Watch with Linda



Linda said: “With the Grenfell Tower fire last week, it reminded me what a fantastic job the fire service does and I wanted them to know how much the public appreciate what they do.”

Her gift comes after fire service staff spent the weekend visiting residents of high rise blocks in Norfolk to chat through any concerns about fire safety in light of the London fire.

Linda, who wCakes from local residentorks at Tesco in Drayton, made cakes in the bakery there on Wednesday morning (21st), iced with thank you messages, and delivered them to Green Watch crews at Earlham and Sprowston at lunchtime. 


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Fire: Norfolk residents are being reminded of the dangers of swimming in open water by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service - Water Safety

Norfolk residents are being reminded of the dangers of swimming in open water by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.

With the warmer weather set to continue in the coming days, Garry Collins, Head of Fire Prevention and Protection, has issued some safety advice to the public.

He said: “Sadly as the weather improves, so does the temptation to venture into the open water, particularly if we see other people doing the same. There is also the temptation to get paddling pools out at home. As such we would like to offer reminders which can help keep everyone safer this summer.”

Advice includes:

  • Ensure young ones are always supervised, even with small paddling pools in the garden.
  • If you are tempted to enter open water, remember cold water shock can take your breath away
  • Respect the water even in hot weather outdoor water temperatures remain cold. 
  • Avoid entering water in remote locations without any...

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Fire: NFRS Service Statement on Grenfell Towers – High Rise Buildings

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

From Area Manager Garry Collins – Head of Fire Protection. Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

NFRS Service Statement on Grenfell Towers – High Rise Buildings

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service are saddened by the tragedy that is unfolding at Grenfell Towers in London. Our Thoughts are with the people of London and the firefighters who are working so hard in extremely challenging conditions. We do not intend to comment on the circumstances around this incident at this stage.

Thankfully, fires of this type are rare. High-rise buildings and regulations are very stringent and are designed to resist fire and stop the spread of smoke to provide a safe exit for residents. Most fires do not spread further than one or two rooms and rarely beyond the flat where they started.

We would like to assure everybody that Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service carries out inspections of high-rise buildings in our county. We hold information for these buildings to help our firefighters. Our crews also carry out...

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Fire: Police chief reassures public over 'critical' threat level

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Police chief reassures public over 'critical' threat level

With the UK terror threat level being raised to ‘critical’, Norfolk’s Chief Constable Simon Bailey has moved to reassure residents. 
Members of the public will be seeing an increased police presence, including armed units, at key locations around the county.

The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre raised the threat level last night – meaning an attack not only remains highly likely but a further attack may be imminent.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey said: "There is no specific intelligence relating to Norfolk however the public would expect us to respond accordingly to this raised threat level. 
"As a result members of the public will see an increased policing presence at key locations – primarily those with high-footfall and we are reviewing key events over the coming weeks.

"Military personnel are not currently being deployed – but the threat assessment is continuously under review.”

"I would ask the public to remain calm but...

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Fire: Tackling loneliness at Fire Service coffee mornings

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

 

 

Coffee Morning ImageNorfolk residents can find out about local services and volunteering opportunities, as well as enjoying a cuppa and a chat, during coffee mornings at the county’s fire stations.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) is supporting Norfolk County Council’s In Good Company campaign aimed at eliminating loneliness across the county.

As well as creating a chance for people to meet up and get access to different services in the area, the events will also serve as a way of letting local people know about volunteering opportunities in their area.

Fire service staff are inviting members of the public along to fire stations in Dereham, Great Yarmouth, Norwich Earlham and Hunstanton this month.

As well as meeting friends, or making new ones, and enjoying a drink and a sweet treat, residents and their families can:

• Chat to local retained firefighters and discover more about their work and how to join the service.
• Learn more about the valuable work of community safety volunteers and be...

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Fire: Firefighters' Memorial Day to be marked in Norwich

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Firefighters from across Norfolk will mark the first Firefighters’ Memorial Day to the service’s fallen colleagues this Thursday 4 May.

There will be a memorial parade on the forecourt at Carrow fire station in Norwich followed by a minute’s silence at midday to honour the bravery and sacrifices of firefighters who have died on duty whilst serving their local communities.

Fire crews, staff and officers from Earlham and Sprowston will join the Carrow firefighters for the parade and the minute’s silence.Similar events will mark the occasion at other fire stations across Norfolk or can be marked privately at that time.

A list of the 10 Norfolk firefighters and officers who have lost their lives over the Service’s history will be read out at Carrow fire station by Norfolk’s Assistant Chief Fire officer Les Britzman.There will then follow one minute’s silence.

ACFO Britzman said: “This is the first memorial event and is an opportunity to remember those firefighters who have lost their lives and...

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Latest Norfolk Fire Service Stories

Celebrating first anniversary of lifesaving partnership
New Norfolk fire fighters climb the career ladder with passing out parade
Norfolk Fire And Rescue Service reminds the public of Home Safety Advice
Fire chiefs continue safety checks and offer public reassurance following Grenfell Tower blaze
Norfolk resident has been delivering cakes to the county’s fire service to say thank you for their dedication to the job.

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