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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 give accident rescue charity a new home

NARSNorfolk Fire and Rescue Service has come to the aid of a voluntary emergency service with the provision of free office space at their Whitegates site in Hethersett. Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS) will operate from this location to supply essential emergency critical care for NHS East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST).

NARS’s volunteer doctors and paramedics provide cover to the most critically ill or injured patients. Despatched by the NHS East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST), the volunteers provide cover in a marked response car, and also from their own vehicles.

Although NARS has been operating for over 45 years, the charity has never had a proper base. So, with certain functions of the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service having migrated to Norfolk Constabulary’s police headquarters, space has been found to set up an operational base at the fire service’s site in Hethersett. For some time the charity had been using a member's garage as a store room and one of the team's spare rooms as an office.

Although there is a degree of uncertainty, for the longer term, the provision of Whitegates will help to support the essential work they do. This will also help the fire service’s recent co-responding service, as NARS will be putting their skills to good use by providing refresher training to fire service staff where possible. 

Margaret Dewsbury, Chairman of Communities at Norfolk County Council said: “I am delighted that we can offer support to such a worthy organisation as the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service. The charity receives no government funding or Health Service funding, and yet one day we may be the lucky recipient of their expert assistance, whether it be at a road traffic collision or cardiac arrest.”

Paul Seaman, Group Manager and Collaboration Lead for NFRS said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to assist our colleagues from the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service to find a more suitable base of operations. There are many synergies between the two organisations, especially in the work that they undertake on a daily basis and with the recent implementation of the co-responding pilot, NARS will be able to complement our staff training programme. This partnership will further complement the work already undertaken with the EEAST.”

Paul Strutt, NARS Communications Officer said: “This is a great step forward for NARS. We are a small charity and cannot afford to divert funds from frontline requirements to pay for a commercial premises. The premises at Whitegates is marvellous, as it gives us office space, a store, meeting room and training facilities. NARS and NFRS have a long history of working together and we look forward to even closer co-working.” 

Volunteers needed for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

Norfolk’s Fire and Rescue Service is hosting volunteer recruitment events around the county beginning at The Forum in Norwich on 11 August, Long Stratton Library on 15 August, North Walsham Library on 16 August, King’s Lynn Library on 30 August and Gorleston Library on 27 September. Volunteers are needed for duties such as Home Risk Fire Checks and community events.

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Whether it’s volunteering for a few hours a month or a few hours a week, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is keen to recruit as many willing people as possible to meet its target of 45 volunteers.

As a large rural county, the fire service relies on its trained volunteers to maintain essential checks on domestic homes.  The recruitment events have been set up to encourage interested members of the public to find out more about the role of a volunteer. The need to drive and have transport are the only requirements for joining.

New recruits are given induction training and ongoing training and support for topics such as safeguarding, mental health and dementia awareness.

Volunteer Kathy Lamacraft, a health and safety support officer at Norfolk County Council said: “Volunteering for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has been a great experience and confidence builder. You get to work with a great bunch of people, whilst getting the opportunity to make your local community a safer place. If you love talking to people, then this is the role for you! It’s nice to know that one day, it could be me that saved someone’s life, by providing them the advice and knowledge in what to do if they discover a fire. Fire doesn’t discriminate, it can happen to anybody, anywhere and at any time!”

Norfolk County Council’s chairman of communities, Margaret Dewsbury said: “It is reassuring to know that we have dedicated and trained volunteers who are able and willing to reach homes in rural parts of the county but we need more to meet the demand.  Support from volunteers is crucial if we are to fulfil the number of checks on domestic homes across Norfolk. Recruitment roadshows will encourage potential volunteers to find out what’s involved – a social activity that makes a real difference to people’s lives.”

 

Roadshow will take place at the following venues:

 

The Forum, Norwich                                   10am-3pm, Thursday, 11 August

The Library, Long Stratton                        10am-3pm, Monday, 15 August

The Library, North Walsham                    10am-3pm, Tuesday, 16 August

The Library, King’s Lynn                            10am-3pm, Tuesday, 30 August

The Library, Gorleston                                10am-3pm, Tuesday, 27 August

 

Norfolk County Council-Fire Service’s Cardiac Arrest Pilot scheme already having an impact: success story in Sheringham

Fire Service’s Cardiac Arrest Pilot scheme already having an impact: success story in Sheringham

 

A week into the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service’s pilot scheme to assist the ambulance service with life support, and a life-saving incident has already been achieved.  Last Friday evening (22 July) the ambulance service was called to an incident in Beeston Regis where a 75 year-old man collapsed in public. Two ambulances were deployed with police and the fire service alerted.

First on the scene within seven minutes was a team of six firefighters from Sheringham along with volunteer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CFR) responders from the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST).

In Norfolk, ten stations are taking part in the pilot to support the East of England Ambulance Service Trust. 

At incidents where a patient is not breathing and their heart has stopped beating, the fire service is being deployed as community first responders at the same time as EEAST. Firefighters are already trained in basic life support and are equipped with defibrillators.

Paul Seaman, Project Lead for Norfolk said: “To see such positive news in the first week of the Co-responding Pilot is testament to the hard work of all the emergency services. This is real proof that a multi agency response to the most serious emergencies can reap benefits. I’m sure we will continue to see positive benefits to the people that live or visit Norfolk

Norfolk has adopted the co-responding initiative at stations in Great Yarmouth, Gorleston, King’s Lynn, Norwich, North Walsham, Sheringham and Thetford.

Norfolk County Council’s chairman of communities, Margaret Dewsbury said: “I am delighted that we already have an example of effective partnership working, generating a life-saving outcome. I am sure this will be the first of many success stories for Norfolk’s emergency services.”

NFRS using smart phone Report It GY App to deliver joined up services in Great Yarmouth

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is adopting the Great Yarmouth Borough Council smart phone app Report It GY to improve joined up working.

 

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Report it GY is a smart phone app that is produced by software company Love Clean Streets and is free to download.  The app enables users to take a photograph of an issue, such as dumped waste, and forward it with details of the exact location to the Borough Council’s environmental services officers and operational partners GYB Services Ltd.

Report it GY allows firefighters to report fly tipping and waste as they go about their normal duties and in doing so help to reduce the risk of arson.  When a fire occurs on public land, firefighters will use the app to inform environmental rangers so repairs can be made and the debris removed as soon as possible. This process speeds up the response from the Council, who in some circumstances may have relied on the public to report it.

 

James Belcher, NFRS Eastern Manager and Norfolk County Council locality co-coordinator said:  “The use of an app such as Report it GY allows us to deliver a seamless joined up service to the public in Great Yarmouth. Great Yarmouth is a fantastic borough and we are proud to play our part in making it an attractive and safe place to live in and visit.”

Norfolk County Council’s chairman of communities, Margaret Dewsbury said: “Embracing technology like this allows the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service to assist Great Yarmouth Borough Council in a timely and effective way, proving that partnership working is a very powerful communications tool for the prevention of fires and incidents of fire damage.”

Cllr Penny Carpenter, chair of Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s housing and neighbourhoods committee added: “We are delighted that the use of our smart phone Report It GY is being expanded to support the work of the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service which ultimately means a better service to help safeguard our residents and visitors.” 

Paul Shucksmith, Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s senior environmental ranger said: “Using technology to improve environmental services is now at the forefront of many of our activities.  The added bonus of joining with the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service through the Report It GY app means improvement to our response times.”

Police re-launch summer campaign to prevent arsons in Norwich

Police in the north of the city are warning young people about the dangers of starting fires as the summer holidays get underway.

Norfolk Police have once again joined forces with Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and the Norfolk Safer School Partnership to launch the Strike Out initiative.

In recent years officers have seen an increase in the number of arsons in the north of the city during the summer months and they have been taking action to prevent that rise this year.

The group have already been into schools in the area to educate young people on the dangers of starting fires and officers from the Norwich North Safer Neighbourhood Team will be working with shops and retailers in the area over the coming week to ban the sale of lighters, matches and accelerants to anyone under the age of 18.

PC Garry Hoadley, from Norfolk Constabulary’s Safer Schools and Youth Engagement, said: "Unfortunately we saw a rise in the number of arsons in the north of the city last year compared to the previous year so it is vital that communities work together to prevent this kind of crime from taking place which can not only cause significant damage but also potentially threaten lives.

"We have had an excellent response from local shops in the area in recent years who have enforced a voluntary ban on lighters, matches and accelerants and we are looking forward to continue that work. Although there is no legal age to buy goods, many of the shops and retailers in our community recognise their responsibility to help prevent arson.

"I would also urge parents to speak to their children about the dangers of playing with lighters and matches.”

Kristie Burdett, Community Fire Safety Team Manager at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service have continued to work closely with Norfolk’s Safer Schools Partnership we are thankful to those retailers who are supporting this initiative by removing the ability for young people under the age of 18 to purchase matches and lighters.

 "The cost of arson goes beyond the financial cost alone, arson wrecks lives, harms our communities leaving local residents feeling vulnerable, and can damage our environment for years to come.

"A majority of arson is unplanned, arising from opportunity and perhaps even peer pressure, especially as we enter the longer school summer holidays.” 

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