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Fire: Land Rover enthusiasts invited to join charity drive

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Land Rover enthusiasts are invited to join Norfolk fire fighters for a country drive this Autumn to raise funds for charity. Participants can sign up now for October’s Land Rover event which will follow a route from Sandringham Estate to Holkham Hall. 

Funds raised will go to the Fire Fighters Charity which offers a range of services including rehabilitation, health care, advice and support to current and former fire service staff, volunteers and their families. 

Those taking part donate £10 per vehicle on the day and are given a map and directions of the rural route. Stop off points include exclusive access to Massingham Airfield en route.

Grant Cotterell, Clive Wells and Bob Ayers at King’s Lynn Fire station are all Land Rover enthusiasts and have taken part in similar charity events so they decided to arrange their own to support the Fire fighters charity.

Grant said: “Clive has owned Land Rovers for years but Bob and I are relative newcomers.  We all enjoy driving the vehicles but I enjoy taking mine...

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Fire: Driving safer for longer – information events for older drivers start 2nd October

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

As part of a Road Casualty Reduction initiative Norfolk’s Road Safety team are getting together next week with the Norfolk Fire and Rescue team and East Anglian Driveability at a series of events to offer help and support to older motorists so they can carry on driving safer for longer.

 

One in every six people injured in collisions on Norfolk’s roads is injured in a collision involving an older driver. Older drivers are much more likely than younger drivers to suffer serious or life threatening injuries in road collisions, and with the number of drivers aged over 70 expected to increase significantly over the next few years it’s even more important that the Road Casualty Reduction partnership target their efforts on this group of motorists.

 

Margaret Dewsbury Chair of the Communities Committee said: “Norfolk County Council are absolutely committed to supporting older drivers and can offer a tutored course specifically for them. The road safety team will be on...

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Fire: Head of Norfolk’s fire prevention team urges people to ensure fire doors are kept shut as he backs Fire Door Safety Week

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Head of Norfolk’s fire prevention team urges people to ensure fire doors are kept shut as he backs Fire Door Safety Week

Workers and residents are being reminded by Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service (NFRS) of the importance of ensuring fire doors fitted at buildings across the county are kept shut. 


Next week is National Fire Door Safety Week (25 Sept to 1 Oct) which aims to reiterate the message that fire doors save lives and property. The campaign aims to engage and educate building owners and users on how to use the doors properly and is being backed by NFRS.

Garry Collins, Head of Fire Protection and Prevention at NFRS, explained why the service is backing the campaign. He said: “Fire doors are proven to reduce the risk of fires spreading and increase the chance of people evacuating a building quickly and safely. But they are no use if they are propped open as an acceptable management practice. If members of the public or...

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Fire: Fire Service continue inspections at commercial buildings across Norfolk

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Safety teams from Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service (NFRS) say they are confident about the safety of the county’s residents as they continue to carry out building checks across Norfolk.


Since the Grenfell Tower fire in London, NFRS has worked closely with other agencies to carry out safety checks at high-rise tower blocks, mid-rise blocks and other buildings including commercial premises, schools and hospitals.

Fire Officer explaining an AFA panel

They have also been advising the public on fire prevention measures that can be taken, such as fitting smoke alarms and keeping exits and corridors clear.

The initial response to the Grenfell Tower disaster was to swiftly check all residential buildings in Norfolk that were more than 18 metres high – nine tower blocks in Norwich and one in King’s Lynn. All were found to be compliant.

Checks were then carried out at all mid-rise blocks, including Brennan Bank in Norwich, which failed fire safety checks due to its cladding. The risks at Brennan Bank have been assessed and...

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Fire: Checks find that over 1 in 3 child safety car seats are incorrectly fitted

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Norfolk County Council’s Road Safety team and crews from Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service have been touring around Norfolk this summer hosting free child car seat checks across the county. The team have now checked 893 children’s car seats.  They have uncovered 335 faults so far, 314 of which were able to be fixed on the spot. The 38% fault rate is slightly higher than last year.

Child seat checkMargaret Dewsbury Chair of Communities Committee said “It’s good to see the Road Safety Team, supported by Norfolk Fire & Rescue, actively going out and sharing their expertise on child car seat fitting within the community. Simple fitting errors can be easily remedied but badly fitted seats can have devastating results and now thanks to the dedication of the crew hundreds of parents and carers can be reassured that their child seats are now correctly fitted.  I would encourage any parent to get their child car seats checked, if they are unable to attend the roadshow but have concerns about their car seats...

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Fire: Celebrating achievements of Norfolk's fire cadets at development day

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Fire cadets from across the county met for a team building day at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service’s (NFRS) training centre in Bowthorpe.

More than 100 young people and their families attended the Cadet Development Day which allowed them to show off some of the skills they have learned and demonstrate their team tasks including rescue drills and using a range of technical equipment.

Fire cadets meet weekly at five units across Norfolk (Wymondham, Diss, Great Yarmouth, Sheringham and Hunstanton) and members are aged 13-18 years. They attend local community events and activities in their area. It is also proving to be a successful way of recruiting as cadets often get a taste for life in the fire service and go on to become members of staff later on.

Guests included Chairman of Norfolk County Council Councillor John Ward, chairman of the Communities Committee Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, The Lord Mayor, Sheriff of Norwich, community volunteers, Prince's Trust staff, cadet leaders and...

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Fire: Permanent Chief Fire Officer Appointed

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

 

David Ashworth

David Ashworth has been announced (Wednesday 26 July) as the new permanent Chief Fire Officer for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS). David, who has been acting CFO for the past nine months, was selected following a competitive recruitment process.

 

Tom McCabe, Director of Community and Environmental Services at Norfolk County Council, said: “It’s great news that David has been selected to continue as CFO in a permanent position. Over the past nine months he has done a great job of building the trust and respect of his colleagues and we have absolute confidence in his ability to lead the service into the future.”

 

David Ashworth, Chief Fire Officer for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: “I am delighted and privileged to be appointed. Having been in the fire service for more than 34 years I believe that my experience will enable us to continue to provide the skills and expertise to keep the people of Norfolk safe.”

 

Cllr Margaret Dewsbury, chairman of the communities committee, said:...

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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.

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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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Latest Norfolk Fire Service Stories

Land Rover enthusiasts invited to join charity drive
Driving safer for longer – information events for older drivers start 2nd October
Head of Norfolk’s fire prevention team urges people to ensure fire doors are kept shut as he backs Fire Door Safety Week
Fire Service continue inspections at commercial buildings across Norfolk
Checks find that over 1 in 3 child safety car seats are incorrectly fitted

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