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Gorleston

 

Address: High Road, Gorleston, NR31 0PJ

Drill Night: Wednesday

Incidents attended: Click here for incident information

This is a retained station.  It has a crew consisting of one Watch Manager and two Crew Managers and nine Firefighters.  

  Gorleston Station

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If you need a school visit we target these at Year 2 for Key Stage 1,  Year 5 for Key Stage 2 and Year 8 for Key Stage 3. If you have someone who is fire-setting and wish to discuss this with one of our advisors please contact us. We are sometimes also able to attend Community events but this will depend on resources, and we tend to target this to priority areas of our service. We do always look forward to hearing from you with any other queries.

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Water tenderWater tender

This section contains notes written by the crews of this station.

 

Opened in 1972, with 2 pumping appliances and staffed with 28 full time and 10 retained personnel the station has undergone significant changes. The station was downgraded from the 4 watch system to Day Crewing in 1983, a further downgrading in 1997, left the station with "cover from Home" or Retained staff only. This resulted in the redeployment of our 2nd Pumping appliance and the loss of the Foam Salvage Tender and Surface Rescue Boat.

Resources are now left with 1 pump, and 2 foam trailers crewed by 14 retained staff.

Retirements and recruitment continue with additions of Dean Bracey, Darren Palmer, Terry Wilson, Andy Westgate and Aaron Tills. These lads have all adapted well to the fire service and are eager to continue in the best traditions of the service at Gorleston, especially as the remainder of us are getting older!

The staff has completed another quiet year with emergency calls reduced again, which is undoubtedly the result of very effective Community safety campaigning throughout Norfolk. This is set to continue this year with a slightly more ambitious program targeting the surrounding villages of Hopton and Belton.

The station is pleased to continue its links with the brigade Commercial Training department who regularly hold training sessions on station. Similar links with Gt. Yarmouth 'Responsible Authorities Group' (RAP) and the Police Neighbourhood Action Teams (NAT) will carry on as before.

The station is supplemented by a resource from Gt Yarmouth Fire Station on a tidal crewing pattern. This means that a fire appliance with whole time firefighters is based at Gorleston between 09.30 and 17.30 and 18.30 to 23.45 hrs. A refurbishment of the  station took place in 2011 to bring up to the standard required.

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The New Fire Station at Ryston Close was opened on the 16th June 2006, having moved from the Priory road site which had provided 70 years of service to the community, during that time the town and local area had developed to a point where a larger modern station with better access was required.
This is a very active station dealing with incidents over a large area, including major road and rail networks, river systems, Industrial estates, and a growing population
Each year Downham Market compile their station plan.  The plan enables the station management team to ensure that they are well prepared to deal with emergency in the local and wider areas.
The priorities for 2009/10 are:
RESPONSE
SERVICE PRIORITY : OPERATIONAL ASSURANCE
Improve our systems for securing operational assurance
STATION PRIORITIES:
1. Improve Core Skills
2. Maintain appliance and equipment in a constant state of readiness
3. Improve appliance availability.
PREVENTION
SERVICE PRIORITY: OLDER PEOPLE
Improve the safety of older people in their homes
STATION PRIORITIES:
1. Risk assess the vulnerability of the occupier following false alarm domestic dwelling calls and where necessary refer to partner agency to provide support.
2. Undertake a quick strike following a fire in a residential street.
3. Utilise opportunities to generate HFRC referrals for older people.
PROTECTION
SERVICE PRIORITY: SMOKE DETECTORS
Increase the number of working smoke detectors in domestic dwellings
STATION PRIORITIES:
1. Undertake quick strike following a fire in a residential street.
2. Fit or provide smoke alarms in properties visited during emergency calls where none exist.
3. Utilise opportunities to generate HFRC referrals.
PEOPLE
SERVICE PRIORITY: PEOPLE
To improve the overall competence of the workforce
STATION PRIORITIES:
1. Complete appraisals; undertake reviews and action training needs.
2. Improve use of PDR Pro.
3. Concentrate on risk critical training and core skills.
MANAGE
SERVICE PRIORITY: EFFICIENCY
To achieve future efficiency targets
STATION PRIORITIES:
1. Improve appliance availability.
2. Reduce hours lost due to sickness.
3. Reduce injuries by focusing training on risk critical areas.
COMMUNITY
SERVICE PRIORITY: UNDERSTANDING OUR COMMUNITY
To provide services that reflect the needs and expectations of the community
STATION PRIORITIES:
1. Support one major village event.
2. Respond to all requests positively giving explanation where station cannot support an event and signpost them to alternative sources of information (leaflets, CFS team, LRM support, website)
3. Liaise with partner agencies to develop customer focused initiatives to improve our prevention and protection targets.

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