News

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is committed to working towards making Norfolk safer

Latest news

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.

Police re-launch summer campaign to prevent arsons in Norwich

A campaign to prevent arsons in the north of the city is being re-launched by police ahead of the summer holidays.


The Strike Out initiative will see Norfolk Police again join forces with Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and the Norfolk Safer Schools Partnerships to educate young people on the dangers of starting fires.


The campaign was launched last year following a series of arsons in the north of the city in the school holidays in 2013.


As a result, the number of deliberate fires attended by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service in the Sprowston area in June, July and August 2014 went down by 46 per cent, whilst in the Mousehold area it was down 28 per cent.


Local Policing Commander, Inspector Nick Hewitt, said: "The Strike Out campaign has led to a reduction in the number of arsons being reported across the city. However we will continue to work with local communities to prevent this type of crime which can not only cause significant damage but also potentially threaten lives.”


As well as going into schools to educate young people, officers from the Norwich North Safer Neighbourhood Team will continue to work with shops and retailers in the area to ban the sale of lighters, matches and accelerants to anyone under the age of 18.


Inspector Hewitt added: "I would like to thank all the local shops in the area who have enforced a voluntary ban on lighters, matches and accelerants. Although there is no legal age to buy such goods, many of the shops and retailers in our community recognise their responsibility in helping to prevent arson.
"Their co-operation and support will have had a significant impact on our campaign so far and we look forward to working with them to keep this initiative going.”


Kristie Burdett, Community Fire Safety Team Manager at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: "The cost of arson goes beyond the financial cost alone, arson often wrecks lives, harms our communities leaving local residents feeling vulnerable, and can damage our environment for years to come. The majority of arson is unplanned, arising from opportunity and perhaps even peer pressure especially as we go into the longer school summer holidays.


Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service have continued to work closely with Norfolk’s Safer Schools Partnership and the positive engagement within the Schools and education delivered directly where arson has been a concern in previous years has impacted on the figures this year. Promoting a high visibility presence alongside supportive education activities which direct the young people’s energies elsewhere we have reduced the number of arson incidents.


We are thankful to those local retailers who have continued to support this initiative in removing the ability for those young people under 18 to purchase matches and lighters. It is encouraging to see the figures come down but we must keep up the efforts and enthusiasm through this year’s Strike Out to ensure we continue to reduce those opportunities that result in arson.”

 

Norfolk Constabulary Logo This press release has been provided by Norfolk Constabulary

Arson - Witnesses sought following Great Yarmouth arson incident


Police are appealing for witnesses to an arson in Great Yarmouth at the weekend.


It happened in the early hours of Saturday 11 July when a leather sofa was set alight in an alleyway behind Duncan Road.


The Fire Service were called to extinguish the blaze and as a result damage was caused to two properties.


Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious or has any information regarding the incident.


They're asked to contact PC Samuel Scott at Great Yarmouth Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

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

Smoke Detectors for Landlords (Alarms4Life)

 

From October 01 2015 it will be compulsory for all new private lettings (rented properties) to have smoke detectors fitted on every floor of the property and carbon monoxide detectors where there is solid fuel heating (e.g. log burners, open fires), in line with the Energy Act 2013.

In the UK people living in rented or shared accommodation are 7 times more likely to have a fire.
(research from the Department for Communities and Local Government)

We are pleased to announce that a limited stock of free smoke detectors will become available to Private Landlords in Norfolk as part of the National campaign by the Government to increase safety in rented properties.

To find out more about this Government Campaign watch the video above or visit the #Alarms4Life website.

Ahead of the Regulations coming into force, Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service are currently working with our partners at each of the County’s Local District Councils to confirm distribution arrangements and we will update Landlords as to when and where Norfolk’s smoke detectors are available for collection as we receive them.

Please be aware that prior to obtaining these smoke alarms you will be required to share information regarding your property(ies) including Landlord’s full name, address, contact telephone number, and full address of rented property(ies), with your local District Council.

Some Landlords will not be eligible for this initiative:  

  • Registered providers of social housing.
  • HMO's (houses of multiple occupancy), hostels and refuges.
  • Shared accommodation with Landlord/Landlord's family.
  • Long lease properties (over seven years).
  • Student halls of residence.
  • Care homes.
  • Hospitals/hospices and other healthcare accommodation.

Please be advised that these detectors are provided by the Government and there is a limited supply, so therefore all Landlords may not receive all the alarms they request .   

If you have tenants who are vulnerable or over 60 we can offer free home fire risk checks.  We may be able to fit a smoke detector as part of the home fire risk check.  We would need the approval of the tenant before undertaking this process.  Find out more here.

 

Fitting and Testing of Detectors (Alarms)

  • The responsibility for fitting these detectors will rest with the Landlords/Managing Agents.
  • Alarms should be fitted according to the manufacturers’ instructions which are supplied with the alarms.
  • Once fitted tenants should be encouraged to test the detectors weekly to ensure they are working. We remind people weekly on our social media accounts to "Test it Tuesday".  Encourage your tenants to follow us on social media.

 Facebook LogoTwitter Icon

 

Other Information

 

Arson – Witness appeal following arson in Fritton Woods

Police are appealing for witnesses to an arson in Fritton Woods.

Around 100 square metres of grassland was set alight sometime between 7pm and 8pm on Wednesday 1 July 2015.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious. They would particularly like to speak to a woman who is believed to have been in the area at the time riding a green quad bike.

Anyone with information should contact PC Grant Buchanan at Great Yarmouth Police Station on 101 or call 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.

More than a thousand local school children to learn vital safety tips

Crucial Crew LogoPersonal safety, fire safety, internet safety, and seaside safety are just some of the areas more than a thousand 10 and 11 year olds from 45 South Norfolk schools will be learning bout this week.

Crucial Crew, organised by Norfolk County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service, returns to Easton College between Monday 6 and Friday 10 July.

The multi-agency safety education event is the 49th Crucial Crew to take place in Norfolk since 2003 and the 13th event at Easton College.

Over the course of the five days, 1,089 Year 6 pupils will be placed in situations which simulate potential danger, such as a bedroom fire. The experiences seek, within a controlled environment, to raise awareness and provide practical and memorable advice on what to do.

Kristie Burdett, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Co-ordinator and Community Safety Team Manager said: “We are putting the fun into crucial safety learning, working with the students through use of interactive and engaging scenarios to support them in making informed choices about staying safe in their home and their community. Students today are faced with many choices, any activity and learning with easy to remember messages all adds to their essential life skills.

“They have become one of our best voices, taking back what they have learnt with us to their friends, family, carers and wider community. We know we have done our best when we hear them leave with cries of ‘awesome’ and ‘can we come again’ alongside the ability to discuss and recall safety information they have remembered. I would like to thank all the schools who continue to support us by returning year after year with Year 6 students and to all our Volunteers and Partner Organisations without whose help we would not be so successful.”

Testimonials from last year’s event include:

This is such a fantastic experience – thank you to everyone who is involved. We are lucky that you offer this service.
Alice Whittingham, Class Teacher, Spooner Row Primary School

I had an amazing day that I will never forget and I will think more wisely about electricity. I loved the fire drill and the internet safety and I will tell everyone how to do the recovery position at home.
Alana, Little Melton Primary School

I have had a super day at Easton College, it is a really good trip for people my age because people learn about how to keep safe and what to do if there is a problem. I think I learnt a bit at every scenario but most of all I learnt not to take people to a place in your school if you do not know who they are.
Rosie, Robert Kett Junior School

The organisations taking part and scenarios are:

  • Norfolk Constabulary - presenting Personal Safety scenarios 
  • PACT (Partnership Against Crime Taskforce) – Street Safety scenarios 
  • The Magdalen Group - Internet Safety 
  • UK Power Networks - Electrical Safety 
  • South Norfolk District Council - Kitchen Safety 
  • HM Coastguard - Seaside Safety 
  • St. John Ambulance - Recovery position 
  • Norfolk Prepared Team (members of the Norfolk Resilience Forum) – Emergency Preparedness
  • National Grid - Gas Safety 
  • Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service – Fire Safety in the home presentations delivered by Community Volunteers

Direct Gov | Our Disclaimer | Norfolk County Council

Copyright ©2011 NFRS. All Rights Reserved. Hosted by Astutech