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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.

Instructors urged to drive home the 'honest truth' on road safety

Driving instructors in Norfolk are being urged to deliver the ‘honest truth’ to learner drivers as part of a new road safety campaign.

It comes as leading road safety campaigners launch a project which will see driving instructors offered training in order to help them to teach young drivers to identify and negate bad habits such as speeding, using mobile phones while driving, showing off to friends or getting behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs.

The Honest Truth project was originally set in South Devon in 2009 following a fatal collision which killed three young people and aims to stamp out bad driving habits from the start, alerting youngsters to the risks of the road.

On average a young person is killed on UK roads every 18 hours, while another suffers a serious injury every 90 minutes.

The county’s road network is the only way to get around for many young people. However, inexperienced drivers will often be unfamiliar with the layout and hazards that country roads will pose and can fail to take others factors such as weather into account when negotiating bends.

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of Roads Policing in Norfolk and Suffolk, said: "By the time 17-year-olds start learning to drive they will have already received one major road safety campaign presentation. 

"However, because of the time instructors spend with them in tuition and the relationships they build, it makes perfect sense to offer them training and material to provide advice on road safety which can make a real difference.

"It is important to drive those messages home at the crucial time before these young people take to the roads on their own."

Iain Temperton, Team Manager for Casualty Reduction, Norfolk County Council said: "Norfolk’s road users are very fortunate to be supported by a focused, energetic and effective Casualty Reduction Partnership. With this latest scheme we are inviting professional Approved Driving Instructors to join the partnership and work with us to reduce the number of young people killed and injured on our roads. By using The Honest Truth resources they will be best placed to pass on crucial messages about responsible behaviours and safe attitudes to an audience who are already in the learning environment."

Details of The Honest Truth can be found at http://www.thehonesttruth.co.uk/ 

More information about Norfolk’s Casualty Reduction Partnership can be found at http://www.think.norfolk.gov.uk/ 

 

Witnesses sought following Gorleston arson

Police are appealing for witnesses to an arson in Gorleston. 

It happened in the early hours of Monday 3 August 2015, when suspect(s) have gained entry to the roof of a property in Church Lane and set alight to the roof space.

The Fire Service were called to extinguish the blaze and as a result significant damage was caused to the inside of the building.


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 Natalie Simmons at Gorleston 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.

Car damaged in Norwich arson incident

Police are appealing for witnesses to an arson in Norwich last week.

It happened between 8.45pm on Tuesday 11 August and 4.30am on Wednesday 12 August when a silver Fiat Punto was set alight in a car park in Bates Green.
The Fire Service were called to extinguish the blaze and as a result significant damage was caused to the vehicle.

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 Ian Betts at Earlham 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.

Safety first for summer cooking

With the summer holidays now in full swing, many children across Norfolk will be spending more time in the kitchen. 

But whether they’re lending a hand or simply seeking a snack, it’s important to make sure that they know the hazards of a hot hob.
 
So as part of the Fire Kills campaign, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is asking parents and carers to make any kitchen activities a chance for children to learn this summer. 
 
The August Fire Safety campaign is cooking fires.  In Norfolk, 60% of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen, and the majority of these are through cooking.

Head of Community Safety at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Stuart Horth said: “From bake-offs to barbecues, there are lots of creative ways to teach kids about cooking fire safety this summer. And, it’s absolutely vital that they know what to do if the worst should happen. 
 
“So alongside the melting, mixing and making, why not take the chance to pass on your fire safety knowhow? Test your smoke alarm as part of the activity. And remember, never leave a child alone with a hot hob, and help keep them safe by moving matches and saucepan handles out of their reach.”
 
Children don’t even have to be in the kitchen to create a potential danger as distraction while cooking is a main cause of fire call-outs right across the country.  
 
Stuart continued: “Around two thirds of all accidental fires in the home in Norfolk start in the kitchen - often because of distractions like phone calls or family. So whatever happens elsewhere in the house, always make sure you have one eye on the hob or oven.” 
 
The Fire Kills campaign’s top tips for staying safe in the kitchen this summer are: 
 
• Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking. Take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk.
• If a pan catches fire, don’t take any risks – Get Out, Stay Out, and Call 999.
• Double check the hob is off when you’ve finished cooking.
• Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.
• Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – this can easily catch fire.
• Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking.  Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach to keep them safe.
• Take care with electrics - leads and appliances away from water and place grills and away from curtains and kitchen rolls.
• Keep your equipment clean and in good working order.  A build-up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.
• Don’t cook after drinking alcohol.
• Hot oil can catch fire easily - be careful that it doesn’t overheat. 
• Never throw water on a chip pan fire. 
• In the event of a fire, have an escape plan in place. 
• Don’t take risks by tackling a fire. Get out, stay out and call 999. 
• Get a smoke alarm and test it weekly.
 
For more information on fire safety, please visit www.norfolkfireservice.gov.uk

Have fun in the sun but think about the risks

Warm, dry weather inevitably means more people head out to the countryside to have picnics and BBQs, and young people especially, seek open water to have a swim. 


But as the pleasant weather continues, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) is urging people to think about their safety during the summer holidays.

Norfolk has thousands of acres of beautiful countryside to be enjoyed, but a long spell of warm weather means vegetation and crops dry out and can catch fire.

Already since 1 April this year, the Fire and Rescue Service has attended over 370 fires in the open and in forestry across the county. These include the blaze at Thetford Forest on 1 July and the fire at Fritton Woods on the same day which was started deliberately.

Stuart Horth, Head of Community Safety at NFRS, said: “In partnership with the Police, we have improved our capabilities to investigate fires and catch those who set them deliberately. Fires in the open not only cause a danger to human life but also destroy wildlife and the livelihood of rural communities.

“Some of the fires we see in the countryside are started deliberately, but most are due to careless and thoughtless actions. So they could be avoided by taking just a little extra care.”

Water safety

On the surface, lakes and quarries can seem like an attractive place to swim, but people often do not appreciate that even after a spell of warm weather deep water can be cold enough just below the surface to produce a reflex action where swimmers inhale water into their lungs. 

There may also be other unexpected hazards including steep banks which make it difficult to get out of the water, underwater pumps, weeds that can entangle legs, concealed obstructions such as old machinery, or the high alkalinity of the water in some limestone quarries.

Stuart Horth said: “More people die drowning in open water than as a result of accidental fires in the home. In the UK, around 400 people die every year from drowning as a result of an accident in or around water. In Norfolk, we don’t want a repeat of the terrible incident which took place at Bawsey Pits two years ago.

“We want people to enjoy themselves but it is important they understand the risks and don’t ignore the warning signs. Our advice would also be to swim in water which is lifeguarded or join an organised swimming club.”

Cllr Paul Smyth, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, said: “I hope people will follow the advice provided by the Fire and Rescue Service. Norfolk is a fantastic county to explore, but please do not be blasé about your safety. Fires in the countryside can spread quickly and remember that some hazards when swimming may not be immediately obvious.”

For more safety advice visit www.norfolkfireservice.gov.uk

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