Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

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Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service
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Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service area
Coverage
Area Norfolk
Size 5,371 km2 (2,074 sq mi)
Population 832,500
Operations
Formed (in current form)
HQ Hethersett
Norwich
Stations 41
Chief Fire Officer Nigel Williams
Fire authority Norfolk County Council
Website Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service operates in the English non-metropolitan county of Norfolk.

The Headquarters[edit]

The Headquarters of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is in the village of Hethersett which is 6 miles (9.7 km) south-west of Norwich.[1] The full address is Whitegates, Hethersett, NR9 3DN. Whitegates was commandeered for use by the National Fire Service during the Second World War and was eventually purchased by Norfolk County Council in 1950. The building was built as a family home in the late eighteenth century and has had various owners over the years. New building at the rear of the original house in recent times has replaced the coach house and stables of earlier times.

Location Appliances
Acle 1 WtL
Attleborough 1 RP, 1 WfU
Aylsham 1 WtL
Carrow 1 HRP, 1 TRU
Cromer 1 WtL, 1 RP
Dereham 1 WtL, 1 RP
Diss 1 WT, 1 RP
Downham Market 1 HRP
East Harling 1 WtL
Fakenham 1 WT, 1 RP, 1 WfC
Gorleston 1 WT
Great Yarmouth 2 WtL, 1 ALP, 1 HRP
Harleston 1 WtL
Heacham 1 WT
Hethersett 1 RP, 1 WfU, 1 IRU
Hingham 1 WtL
Holt 1 RP
Hunstanton 1 RP
King's Lynn 1 Wt, 1 RP, 1 ALP, 1 TL
Loddon 1 RP
Long Stratton 1 RP
Martham 1 WtL
Massingham 1 WtL
Methwold 1 RP
Mundesley 1 WtL
North Earlham 1 WT, 1 RP, 1 ALP
North Walsham 1 WtL
Outwell 1 WtL
Reepham 1 WtL
Sandringham 2 WT
Sheringham 1 WtL
Sprowston 1 RP, 1 EPU
Stalham 1 RP
Swaffham 1 RP
Terrington 1 RP
Thetford 2 RP, 1 HVPHL
Watton 1 RP
Wells 1 WtL w/CAFS
West Walton 1 WT
Wroxham 1 WT
Wymondham 2 WtL, 1 CU

Appliances[edit]

  • Water Tender Ladder
  • Rescue Pump
  • Heavy Rescue Pump
  • Water Foam Carrier
  • Emergency Tender
  • Hydraulic Platform
  • Water Foam Unit
  • Incident Response Unit
  • Aerial Ladder Platform
  • Environmental Protection Unit
  • High Volume Pump & Hose Layer
  • Command Unit

Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)[edit]

Norfolk also hosts one of the UK's Urban Search and Rescue teams, these were originally set up as a response to the 9/11 tragedy in New York. The Norfolk team comprises 15 wholetime USAR technicians and 16 retained technicians along with a search dog. The team is based in Dereham in central Norfolk alongside the town's retained crew.

USAR Appliances[edit]

  • 3 MAN hooklift prime movers
  • 5 demountable modules
  • 2 flood rescue boats
  • Water rescue Ford Transit van
  • Mercedes Benz operational support unit with rope rescue capability

Notable Incidents[edit]

  • 1966 Neatishead - RAF radar base, arson, fire in a bunker where 3 firefighters lost their lives
  • 1991 Thetford - Plastic recycling centre. A large fire which burned for 4 days[2]
  • 1994 Norwich - Norwich library destroyed by fire. The main fire station of Norwich was opposite the library but due to the dramatic spread of the fire the building could not be saved[3]
  • 1995 Wroxham - 10 hour blaze in a department store[4]
  • 1995 Norwich - Assembly rooms fire
  • 1998 Attleborough - Poultry processing plant fire
  • 1999 Ditchingham - Maltings fire
  • 2011 Great Yarmouth - 4 men killed in industrial accident. 9 fire crews attended[5]
  • 2013 Norwich - 11 people injured in low speed train crash at Norwich which is a terminus station. Signal box not alerted to accident for 24 minutes[6][7]
  • 2014 Fakenham - 90 firefighters attended a fire in a department store[8]
  • 2014 Cley-next-the-Sea - HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed killing 4 USAF crew
  • 2014 Gillingham - 4 killed in helicopter crash in thick fog. Lord Ballyedmond, known as Dr Edward Haughey before he was made a Conservative life peer in 2004, died alongside three other men

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