Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

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Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service
Operational area
Country  England
County  Norfolk
Agency overview
Chief Fire Officer Nigel Williams
Facilities and equipment
Stations 42
Official website

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 4x4
Attleborough 1 RP, 1 WfU
Aylsham 1 WtL
Carrow 1 HRP, 1 TRU, 1 RB
Cromer 1 WtL, 1 RP
Dereham 1 WtL, 1 RP
Diss 1 WT, 1 RP
Downham Market 1 RP
East Harling 1 WtL
Fakenham 1 WT, 1 RP, 1 WfC
Gorleston 1 RP, 1 WT
Great Yarmouth 1 WtL, 1 ALP, 1 HRP, 1 4x4
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 North 1 Wt, 1 RP, 1 ALP, 1 4x4
King's Lynn South 1 HRP, 1 TRU, 1 RB
Loddon 1 4x4
Long Stratton 1 RP
Martham 1 4x4
Massingham 1 WtL
Methwold 1 4x4
Mundesley 1 4x4
North Earlham 1 WT, 1 RP, 1 ALP
North Walsham 1 WtL
Outwell 1 WtL
Reepham 1 WtL
Sandringham 2 WT
Sheringham 1 4x4
Sprowston 1 RP, 1 EPU
Stalham 1 RP
Swaffham 1 RP
Terrington 1 RP
Thetford 1 HRP, 1 4x4, 1TRU, 1RB, 1 HVPHL
Watton 1 RP
Wells 1 WtL w/CAFS
West Walton 1 WT
Wroxham 1 4x4
Wymondham 2 WtL, 1 CU


  • 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
  • 4x4 Rural Appliance
  • Rescue Boat

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 - three firefighters lost their lives tackling a fire in a bunker at RAF Neatishead. The cause was arson.
  • 1991 Thetford - Plastic recycling centre. A large fire which burned for four 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 - a ten-hour blaze in a department store[4]
  • 1995 Norwich - a fire in the historic Assembly Rooms
  • 1998 Attleborough - Poultry processing plant fire
  • 1999 Ditchingham - Maltings fire
  • 2011 Great Yarmouth - four men killed in industrial accident; nine fire crews attended[5]
  • 2013 Norwich - eleven people injured in low speed train crash at Norwich railway station. The signal box was not alerted to the accident for 24 minutes[6][7]
  • 2014 Fakenham - 90 firefighters attended a fire in a department store[8]
  • 2014 Cley-next-the-Sea - a US Air Force Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk crashed, killing four crew
  • 2014 Gillingham - four men killed in helicopter crash in thick fog; one of them was Edward Haughey, Baron Ballyedmond.



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