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There's always plenty going on at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service. From our interactive Crucial Crew for youngsters to the Norfolk Show, from station open days to safety initiatives there is a great deal to discover behind the blue lights.

Fire Service continue inspections at commercial buildings across Norfolk

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 there are currently extra measures in place to reduce fire risk, with a range of more permanent control measures being considered.

The fire protection work continues to expand from residential buildings to commercial premises where NFRS are currently working through a list of more than 100 buildings in the county which will be given an extra fire safety check.

Garry Collins, NFRS’s Head of Fire Protection and Prevention, said: “The Grenfell Tower incident has given us a heightened area of focus and we have looked at and reviewed the risk in buildings across Norfolk as a result. The safety of Norfolk’s communities is at the fore front of our work and these building health checks have been valuable in confirming our building safety across our county. We are not resting on our laurels since we completed the initial residential checks and are now heavily focused on ensuring the safety of commercial buildings, with the full support of all partners.

"Members of the public can help to reduce these fire risks by taking measures in their homes such as installing smoke alarms and testing them weekly- statistics show residents are more than twice as likely to die in a house fire if a smoke alarm is not fitted. A smoke alarm provides a prompt early warning while a fire is in the early stages of development."

NFRS offers home fire safety visits to residents to look at practical ways to reduce fire risks, plan an escape route and check the safety of homes. To arrange one call 0800 917 8137.

Anyone who is concerned about criminal activity which could lead to a fire can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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

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 they can also arrange an appointment directly with the road safety team.”

Iain Temperton Road Safety officer said “It usually only takes one minute to check a seat and not much longer to fix any problems we find. We find all sorts of errors from incorrect fixing to the wrong type of seat being used for the size of the child. It can be a complicated subject, so why not take 5 minutes out of your day and let us provide advice and guidance to keep your most precious cargo safe?”

Child car seats are a legal requirement in the UK and make children far less likely to be seriously hurt in a collision. But they must be correctly fitted and adjusted to offer maximum protection, and it is easy to get it wrong. The car seat safety check tour continues into next week with the following dates:

Wed 9 Aug Kings Lynn - Sainsburys

Thu 10 Aug Fakenham – Tesco

Fri 11 Aug Swaffham – Tesco

Tue 15 Aug Norwich – Sprowston Tesco

Wed 16 Aug Norwich – Hall Road Asda.

Families  can also ask the experts about any aspect of road safety at the events, alternatively parents  can contact the road safety team at should they have any direct concerns.


Permanent Chief Fire Officer Appointed


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: “David impressed us with his understanding of the challenges that the fire service face both nationally and here in Norfolk. He has a strong ambition to maintain the level of service that we have all come to expect from NFRS, in spite of the many difficulties that may lie ahead.”

Celebrating achievements of Norfolk's fire cadets at development day

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

Cadets getting ready to go up in the ALP

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 police and fire chiefs.  Norfolk's Chief Fire Officer David Ashworth welcomed everyone to the event and explained that NFRS's youth development and community safety work was a vital part of the service's risk reduction and community safety strategy.

CFO Ashworth said: "I am rightly proud of our fire cadets and Prince's Trust schemes which show our commitment to youth development. We continue to invest in new equipment to help ensure our cadet units flourish across Norfolk.

"Many of our existing fire officers have come through our cadet programme, which provides a disciplined environment for young people from all backgrounds, learning basic Fire Service skills, core values, problem solving and teamwork characteristics. All are valuable and transferable in the workplace and their communities." 

NFRS Cadets with Cllr John WardNCC Chairman Councillor John Ward said: "I found it very interesting and inspiring to watch the demonstrations of the different activities. The cadet unit is a valuable and worthwhile part of the fire service and also serves as a great way to recruit fire fighters of the future."



If you are aged 13-18 and want to be a fire cadet, contact Lydia Durrant for more details at


Future Cadets

Celebrating first anniversary of lifesaving partnership

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.

“Every second counts when someone is in cardiac arrest and getting someone there quickly doing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and equipped with defibrillator greatly increase the chances of survival.”

Paul Seaman, NFRS’s lead officer for emergency medical response, said: “In the first year of co-responding, firefighters from nine Norfolk stations took part in the national pilot attending patients in cardiac arrest, alongside paramedic colleagues.

“The scheme has undoubtedly seen some successful outcomes for patients and staff at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service have approached this new work with upmost professionalism.

“I have been immensely proud of the fire fighters’ work in what at times have been extremely stressful situations.”

Firefighters are trained in basic life support and equipped with defibrillators and the Trust is providing on-going training to those taking part in the trial.

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