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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.

Land Rover enthusiasts invited to join charity drive

Land Rover enthusiasts are invited to join Norfolk fire fighters for a country drive this Autumn to raise funds for charity. Participants can sign up now for October’s Land Rover event which will follow a route from Sandringham Estate to Holkham Hall. 

Funds raised will go to the Fire Fighters Charity which offers a range of services including rehabilitation, health care, advice and support to current and former fire service staff, volunteers and their families. 

Those taking part donate £10 per vehicle on the day and are given a map and directions of the rural route. Stop off points include exclusive access to Massingham Airfield en route.

Grant Cotterell, Clive Wells and Bob Ayers at King’s Lynn Fire station are all Land Rover enthusiasts and have taken part in similar charity events so they decided to arrange their own to support the Fire fighters charity.

Grant said: “Clive has owned Land Rovers for years but Bob and I are relative newcomers.  We all enjoy driving the vehicles but I enjoy taking mine apart and putting it back together.  Earlier this year I had a serious back problem and had to have major surgery.  This meant that I wasn’t able to drive my Series 3 or do any maintenance.  My journey back to fitness is progressing well but I needed the support of The Fire Fighters Charity to help my recovery.” 

Grant continued: “Over my years of service I have always contributed to the Fire Fighters Charity through regular donation from my pay and yearly car wash events. After my operation I contacted the Charity so that I could visit one of the rehabilitation centres.  It is only when you experience first-hand the fantastic facilities and the focused and dedicated treatment the staff provide that you truly understand and appreciate its value, they have helped me in my journey to get back to operational fitness.” 

The event is being organised by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, Western District, and starts at 10 am from Sandringham Visitors Centre on Sunday 22 October. The event is open to any Land Rover, including a Range Rover, Discovery, Freelander, Defender or Series, old or new, plus modified vehicles. 

Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, chairman of Norfolk County Council's Communities Committee, said: "This charity drive will allow Land Rover enthusiasts to meet up and visit some of Norfolk's finest countryside while raising money for a great cause. The Fire Fighters Charity does some great work and we hope Norfolk residents will support this event."

There will be various vehicle category competitions with trophies to the winners but there will be a special section for the Best Mascot. To register for the event then email 
charityLRrun@fire.norfolk.gov.uk to secure a place. Places are limited so register early. 

The event is being supported by Optima Stainless Steel, Hunters Land Rover of King’s Lynn and Adrian Flux 4 x 4 Insurance.

Driving safer for longer – information events for older drivers start 2nd October

As part of a Road Casualty Reduction initiative Norfolk’s Road Safety team are getting together next week with the Norfolk Fire and Rescue team and East Anglian Driveability at a series of events to offer help and support to older motorists so they can carry on driving safer for longer.

 

One in every six people injured in collisions on Norfolk’s roads is injured in a collision involving an older driver. Older drivers are much more likely than younger drivers to suffer serious or life threatening injuries in road collisions, and with the number of drivers aged over 70 expected to increase significantly over the next few years it’s even more important that the Road Casualty Reduction partnership target their efforts on this group of motorists.

 

Margaret Dewsbury Chair of the Communities Committee said: “Norfolk County Council are absolutely committed to supporting older drivers and can offer a tutored course specifically for them. The road safety team will be on hand at the events to offer advice as to the most suitable approach.   In our rural areas people rely on cars to get them to the doctor, do their shopping and mix socially as well as for visiting friends and family. People often feel lost and isolated when they can no longer use their car. We want to help them to remain independent for as long as possible.”

 

Sally Plail, Driver and Rider Development Manager at Norfolk County Council said: “These events are a great opportunity to increase your confidence and discuss any concerns you may have about driving. We’ll be on hand to offer advice and information about the options available, whether it’s about boosting driver confidence, or enhancing driving skills.” 

 

The driving safer for longer information events are totally free and are listed below. Come along anytime between 10am and 2pm:

 

2/10 – Thetford   - Garden Centre

3/10 – Gt. Yarmouth  - B&Q

4/10 – Kings Lynn - Tesco / Dobbies

5/10 – North Norfolk - Roys of Wroxham

6/10 – Norwich –  Notcutts 

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.

Head of Norfolk’s fire prevention team urges people to ensure fire doors are kept shut as he backs Fire Door Safety Week

Head of Norfolk’s fire prevention team urges people to ensure fire doors are kept shut as he backs Fire Door Safety Week

Workers and residents are being reminded by Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service (NFRS) of the importance of ensuring fire doors fitted at buildings across the county are kept shut. 


Next week is National Fire Door Safety Week (25 Sept to 1 Oct) which aims to reiterate the message that fire doors save lives and property. The campaign aims to engage and educate building owners and users on how to use the doors properly and is being backed by NFRS.

Garry Collins, Head of Fire Protection and Prevention at NFRS, explained why the service is backing the campaign. He said: “Fire doors are proven to reduce the risk of fires spreading and increase the chance of people evacuating a building quickly and safely. But they are no use if they are propped open as an acceptable management practice. If members of the public or staff see doors propped open, particularly at night, they should close them and report the problem to the responsible person for the building.”

“Our priority is to keep everyone safe and well. We offer free home fire risk checks to residents and also visit commercial buildings to advise on how businesses can reduce the risk of fire and ensure staff safety.

“If Norfolk residents do experience a fire in their home, they should evacuate as quickly and safely as possible, closing doors, including non-fire doors, behind them as they leave rooms,” said Garry.

“There are other preventative measures people can take to keep themselves safe, such as ensuring smoke alarms are fitted - and tested weekly-, not leaving candles burning and planning an escape plan so you know what to do if a fire does occur.”

National checks by the Fire Door Inspection Scheme found fire doors with unsuitable hinges, gaps between the door and frame, missing seals, incorrect signage and door damage.

Effective fire doors are crucial, particularly in high-rise residential and commercial buildings where people may need to travel some considerable distance to get out to a place of safety. Since the fire at Grenfell Tower, NFRS has been working tirelessly to review safety in public and private buildings. This included inspections at all of Norfolk’s high rise blocks, mid-rise blocks and public buildings including hospitals and schools. The service is currently working with business owners to carry out on-site checks across the county, to improve the shared understanding, ownership and importance of all safety management requirements.

Tips on reducing the fire risk in your home or arranging a safety check

Fire safety information for businesses 

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 roadsafety@norfolk.gov.uk should they have any direct concerns.

 

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