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Fire: Lowestoft Firefighters Charity Car Wash raises £586

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog

Car-wash-01On a bright Saturday morning Lowestoft South Fire Station was transformed into a drive through car wash to raise much-needed funds for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Cars were queueing, the hoses were spraying, the suds were flying and the buffers were buffing the freshly washed cars with energetic enthusiasm...

As always, we're chuffed to bits that the people of Lowestoft come out to support their local firefighters

Welephant made an appearance, enticing motorists to come and have their car washed. Thankfully Welephant didn't get run over as he made numerous trips to collect money from the passing drivers... I took over as I wasn't too happy that a young elephant would be confident crossing the road by himself!

Car-wash-02I also took the opportunity to show some of our younger visitors around our fire engine. It's great to see the big smiles as they clamber aboard 'Jupiter' and ask for the umpteenth time if my name is Sam...

With some of our crew having to get away we left Lowestoft South just after midday...

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Fire: Lowestoft firefighter blog resumes...

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I know, I know! It's been absolutely ages since I last wrote a blog post. In fact it's a full 18 months - I could have sworn it was just a few months.

The last blog I wrote was about the funeral of Al Soards, a much-loved and much-missed firefighter colleague.

Running my own businesses, a shortage of bloggable shouts and life in general has meant that posts here have taken a back seat.

Well, with a few shouts recently, I thought it was high-time to resume my firefighters blog...

Coming up...

  • Charity car wash
  • Horse rescue
  • Belle Coachworks fire
  • Two caravans well alight

 



Fire: Fire at Lowestoft Hotel

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It was a real shock to the system when my alerter kicked into life not long after getting back from our regular Tuesday evening drill session.

Over at the fire station I was first in and grabbed the drivers spot. Given the icy roads we actually got mobile with a crew of six in pretty sharp order.

The tip sheet showed we were off to the Premier Inn hotel on Yarmouth Road, Lowestoft to smoke in room coming from a fusebox.

We were just at the Tesco roundabout when Neil on the Lowestoft South pump called us up to say they were behind us, so, unusually, we would be first pump in.

Mel made his way with one of our crew to reception and then on to the affected room up on the first floor of the hotel. His initial thoughts were that 2 BA and dry powder fire extinguishers would do the job. But, as he approached the room, the message came back that it was a working job.

Cheesey and Jason from our pump were already donning their BA sets when this call came and hastened over to one of the hotel fire escapes.

White Watch had positioned their...

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Fire: Firefighters bid farewell to Al Soards

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog

Just over three weeks ago we were all stunned and totally shocked to hear of the tragic and very untimely death of Firefighter Alan Soards.

Al had joined Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service as a wholetime firefighter back in 2001 - the year before I joined as a retained firefighter. Like me, Al was stationed at Normanshurst Fire Station in Lowestoft and our paths crossed many times in training and on shouts. 

He was a committed professional and would always put himself forward to be involved with anything to do with the Fire Service. Al joined the Marine Incident Response Group, ready to fight fires on ships out at sea. He joined the retained section at Normanshurst and got himself known and well-liked by all of our crew.

We teamed up to present Learn and Live, a hard-hitting road safety campaign targetting high school and college students. Al was central to delivering Learn and Live to literally thousands of young people. Reliving his own story of how he lost friends in an RTC made the message all the more powerful...

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Fire: Single vehicle RTC, Denmark Road, Lowestoft

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It's always a shock to the system when my little vibrating sidekick springs into life in the wee small hours... And at precisely 0333 this morning my heart rate shot through the roof as I tumbled out of bed in response to my alerter giving it the big 'un.

Bleary-eyed I jogged over to the fire station and, being first in, took the drivers slot and grabbed the tip sheet to see where and what we were off to.

With sleep still clearing I registered that we had a single vehicle RTC on Denmark Road, near the railway station and barely a mile away and that the car was on its roof with persons trapped. That certainly focusses the mind!

This was my first shout in our new pump as driver - not the time of day I'd have chosen to operate this state-of-the-art piece of kit. Daytime and me more fully awake would have been much better! Beggars, choosers and all that...

Out of the station and away and my chance to experience the acceleration of these new pumps - it's impressive! We heard the watch book in attendance and we...

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Fire: Crazy turnout at German fire station - great video...

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog

This video was shot back in 1993 in a small German town.

There's some sort of civic event happening in the centre when the sirens go and the local firefighters get a shout.

I gave up counting how many crew turned in, running from all directions.

Watch out for the guy in firekit who runs after one of the appliances and never quite catches it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzPa2O8kJNs&feature=g-vrec



Fire: Crazy turnout at German fire station - great video...

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog

This video was shot back in 1993 in a small German town.

There's some sort of civic event happening in the centre when the sirens go and the local firefighters get a shout.

I gave up counting how many crew turned in, running from all directions.

Watch out for the guy in firekit who runs after one of the appliances and never quite catches it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzPa2O8kJNs&feature=g-vrec



Fire: RTC on A12 near Pontins, Lowestoft

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog

I suppose getting a shout is an ideal excuse to leave the grass-cutting half finished...

So when my little black number starting vibrating in my pocket mid cut I was more than happy to abandon the gardening till later.

By the time I'd replaced shorts with jeans and hot footed across to the fire station, Dennis was already in and called out that we were off to an RTC, persons trapped at Kessingland.

IMG_0097I slapped my tally into the drivers position and got all my fire kit stowed on the pump. Handheld radios onboard, tipsheet in hand, mainscheme radio switched on, fire up the engine, blues on and wait as the crew start tumbling in through the front door.

With five onboard I turned out onto Normanston Drive and within a few hundred metres we encountered the traffic backed up all the way from the railway line gates in Oulton Broad. Nothing for it but to proceed down the outside of the queue right the way to the line gates which were shut waiting for theNorwich bound train. So there we were, at the mercy of the trains,...

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Fire: RTC on A12 near Pontins, Lowestoft

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog

I suppose getting a shout is an ideal excuse to leave the grass-cutting half finished...

So when my little black number starting vibrating in my pocket mid cut I was more than happy to abandon the gardening till later.

By the time I'd replaced shorts with jeans and hot footed across to the fire station, Dennis was already in and called out that we were off to an RTC, persons trapped at Kessingland.

IMG_0097I slapped my tally into the drivers position and got all my fire kit stowed on the pump. Handheld radios onboard, tipsheet in hand, mainscheme radio switched on, fire up the engine, blues on and wait as the crew start tumbling in through the front door.

With five onboard I turned out onto Normanston Drive and within a few hundred metres we encountered the traffic backed up all the way from the railway line gates in Oulton Broad. Nothing for it but to proceed down the outside of the queue right the way to the line gates which were shut waiting for theNorwich bound train. So there we were, at the mercy of the trains,...

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Fire: Take the time to say 'Thank you...'

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog

How often do we get the chance to say 'Thank you' to someone we've never met, to someone we perhaps would rather not meet and to someone who is always there for us?

Well, now's your chance...

Rise to the Enterprise Challenge, aimed primarily at students, sets the goal of getting as many 'Thank you's' for unsung heroes as they can in a specific amount of time.

Today I received a tweet from a group of Bournemouth University students who are aiming to break the record of 'thank you's' received as they cast their net far and wide to get 2000 people to say 'thank you' to firefighters.

Now I'm a tad biased here and we all love to be thanked. But, as firefighters, we normally only show up when the sh*t hits the fan, you're in trouble and we get it sorted... We don't expect to be praised. We do the job and go home. Simple as...

So, to have this bunch of fine, upstanding Uni students (who all look sober in their pic) supporting us and getting as many people to say 'thank you' to firefighters is fabulous and much...

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