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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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Fire: Norfolk Fire Service Awards recognise outstanding contributions to the service

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Shining stars of Norfolk’s Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) have been recognised at an awards night held at Norwich Castle.

Control staff receiving their commendation


The county’s chief fire officer David Ashworth thanked all NFRS staff for doing all they can to make our communities safe and providing an excellent emergency response in the county.

The service’s unsung heroes were presented with awards and certificates in categories including long service and good conduct for 20, 30, 35 and 40 years’ of service, making a difference, commendation and volunteer of the year.

Among those receiving accolades for their dedication to the service were Richard Miles, a crew manager for Great Yarmouth. Richard has clocked up 25 years’ service and is also an active member of Caister Lifeboat Crew.

 Steven Polley, from Dereham Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) completed 30 years of service as a firefighter and then joined USAR as an on call technician. Steve and his working dog Hooky provide canine capability to assist in...

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Fire: Ongoing fire incident at Manor Farm site in North Runcton

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Fire at North Runcton23 January 2017


Following a site meeting on Monday (23 January 2017) at Manor Farm, representatives from the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, the Borough of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, the Environment Agency and the Police have issued an update on the situation at the Manor Farm site in North Runcton:


  • Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service have been on site since 12:10 on Saturday 21 January 2017 and using water to control the spread to nearby buildings
  • Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service will oversee a controlled burn which is expected to take up to seven days, due to the amount of wood involved
  • Environmental Health staff from the borough council will be undertaking daily visits to assess the impact of the plume on the local community
  • To date, local rivers and ground water have not been polluted. The Environment Agency will continue to monitor the run-off
  • Anyone with health concerns is advised to contact their GP or contact the NHS 111 service out of hours
  • Any smoke can be an irritant and as such...

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Fire: CCTV appeal following arson in Norwich

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Police are appealing for help to identify a man following an arson in Norwich.

Officers have released a CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to following an incident at a premises in Wensum Street at approximately 5am on Sunday 27 November 2016.

CCTV Appeal Picture

A property was broken into and a fire was deliberately started in the stairwell.

Anyone who may recognise the man in the image, or anyone with information, should contact PC Steve Payne at Bethel Street Police Station on 101.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

Norfolk Constabulary Logo This press release has been provided by Norfolk Constabulary and is related to an ongoing criminal investigation involving arson.

Fire: Campaign for wholetime recruitment is now closed

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The campaign for wholetime recruitment is now closed and therefore no more applications will be accepted.


To those who have applied good luck.


If you are still considering a career within NFRS please take a look at our section covering joining as a retained firefighter.

Fire: New Head of Fire Protection and Prevention wishes you a safe bonfire night

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One of the best ways to enjoy bonfire night and stay safe is to  go to an organised fireworks display, If you do have fireworks at home, make sure you do so safely  following the firework code.

Organised displays are bigger, better, cheaper and far safer than holding your own fireworks party, but with November  5th falling on a Saturday this year it is  likely that many people will celebrate bonfire night at home with family and friends; if you do intend to have fireworks at home make sure you follow the safety precautions provided and make sure you stay safe.

The links below provide some great advice on how to keep you, your pets and property  safe in all aspects of the November 5th celebrations.

Garry Collins Head of Prevention and Protection at Norfolk Fire and Rescue said:

“Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service would like everyone to enjoy the Bonfire night period as safely as possible. Organised events are the best way to watch and enjoy fireworks as they provide...

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Fire: Scary but safe - don't give yourself too much of a fright this Halloween

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Norfolk’s Fire and Rescue team and Trading Standards service highlight the risks of children’s fancy dress clothing in the run up to Halloween.

Scary but safe poster

Following the high profile case involving Claudia Winkelman’s daughter who suffered serious burns after her Halloween costume caught alight in 2014, calls are being made to improve the safety of children’s and adults fancy dress clothing. The recent Fire commission update report includes strong proposals for fancy dress costumes to be reclassified

Currently, children’s fancy dress costumes are classified as toys, rather than clothes, and are not covered by the enhanced fire safety requirements that apply to children’s nightclothes. Rather than introduce new legislation, the Chief Fire Officer Association is calling for this classification to be changed, so fancy dress costumes are subject to the same safety standards as children’s nightclothes.

Roy Harold Chief Fire Officer for Norfolk Fire and Rescue service comments: “Fire...

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