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Bank Holiday Danger Ahead!

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Saturday has been named and shamed, be alert at 6.30 p.m especially, as this is the most dangerous time to be at home. Four accidents take place every second and with the Bank Holiday upon us we’re more likely to be spending time with family and friends at home. One in ten people have experienced fire in the home or suffered physical injury or property damage. Our risky weekend behaviour is leading to accidents ranging from serious electric shock, late night cooking incidents, forgetting to unplug those chargers risking electrical damage to gas leaks and serious home fires.

We have warned you, please enjoy your Bank Holiday but don’t relax so much we get to meet you in person! 



Pass out parade for new Norfolk firefighter recruits


A group of new Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service recruits are a step closer to becoming firefighters when they take part in their Pass Out Parade later this week (Friday 22 May).

For the first time in nine years the county’s Fire and Rescue Service is recruiting wholetime (permanent, full time) firefighters, and after 10 weeks of training, the seven recruits will be officially recognised at the event at the Service’s Bowthorpe Training Centre.

They join Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service after another seven new wholetime recruits, drawn from the Service’s Retained Duty System staff and also from external Fire and Rescue Services, joined stations around the county in April.

The seven firefighters taking part in Friday’s Pass Out Parade have recently completed the initial comprehensive course covering all aspects of firefighter training including: use of fire engines; wearing breathing apparatus; how to respond to incidents in water, involving rail, aircraft, hazardous material, and road traffic collisions; as well as learning about how fires develop and their chemical make-up.

The new recruits will now be based at their respective fire stations to undertake a two-year development programme to learn from the incidents they attend and from their colleagues. They will be based either in Great Yarmouth, the Central and Norwich area, or in King’s Lynn.

At Friday’s event Chief Fire Officer Nigel Williams will present the new recruits with their certificates after which they will carry out a number of practical demonstrations to highlight the skills they have gained to date. He said: “It has been nine years since we have recruited wholetime firefighters externally, so this week will be a significant event.

“I hope the new recruits as well as their family and friends will feel a sense of pride as successfully training to be a firefighter is a huge achievement. They have accomplished the standards required of them and in due course will be operational members at their respective stations and no doubt will become an important asset at those stations.

“However, it is also important to also recognise the other recent firefighter recruits who have done a fantastic job of serving their local communities in a retained capacity and are now undertaking the role as wholetime firefighters.

Paul Smyth Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee said: “Norfolk relies heavily on the sterling efforts of retained firefighters but there is also a core of full-time staff that provide a constant service to the county, so having 14 new permanent firefighters graduate is great news.
“Firefighters frequently put their lives at risk for others, playing an enormous role in keeping the people of Norfolk safe and so I am pleased to welcome the new recruits into the Fire and Rescue Service.”

In addition to this bolstering its wholetime workforce, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service continues to regularly recruit and train Retained Duty System Firefighters who provide an On-Call response across the county.

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Your Safety is our goal - Good luck Norwich City!

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Good luck Norwich City Football Club from all of us at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service!

Celebrating or commiserating! We hope for a winning result this weekend but your safety is our goal.

Think before you drink, Look while you cook!

Winding down for the weekend encourages us to be less careful in the kitchen. Accidental home fires are still our highest number of call outs in Norfolk with kitchens being the top of the list.

Man arrested following Norwich arsons

A man has been arrested and bailed in connection with a series of incidents in Norwich.

Police are linking four incidents of arson and one of criminal damage that they were called out to on the evening of Saturday 9 May and the morning of Sunday 10 May.

• An arson incident outside Tesco Express on Dereham Road where a stack of newspapers were set alight causing damage to a doorway
• Two arson incidents on Adelaide Street where the petrol cap was snapped off and the paint burnt off a Volkswagen Polo and the rear handle burnt off a Renault Clio
• An arson incident on Dereham Road where a wheelie bin was set on fire
• A criminal damage incident on Adelaide Street where the petrol cap was snapped off a Fiat 500

Officers arrested a 35-year-old man from Norwich on suspicion of arson on Sunday (10 May) in connection with these incidents. He has been questioned by officers and bailed to return to Wymondham Police Investigation Centre on Wednesday 1 July.


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

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