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Methwold

 

Address: High Street, Methwold, IP26 4NT

Drill Night: Tuesday

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.

  Methwold 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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Rescue Pump Rescue Pump

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

 

Methwold StationMethwold Fire Station is staffed by 12 retained firefighters.  The station is one of five in the Western 3 cluster.

The station’s top priority is to be competent in role and to provide fire cover to the local area.  Subsequently they want to ensure the safety of the community by education, through the “Quick Strike” initiative (providing fire safety advice to the public at an incident scene)  and referring anyone over the age of 65 and without a smoke alarm to the “Home Fire Risk Assessment” initiative more details can be found here.

 

History

Methwold Fire EngineMethwold had its first fireman around 1938, their firefighting equipment was located in Cowlishaws workshops, there was a trailing pump pulled by a large Buick car, some of the workforce at Cowlishaws were fireman.

In the early days of World War 2 a prefabricated building was erected in the Bell Public House car park next to the Drill Hall in the High Street. It was a single storey building with a bay for the fire engine on one side and an office and store room on the other. The call out system was by a siren and house bells. The fire messages were sent to the Cock Hotel at Methwold from the fire control at Kings Lynn. There was a button at the Cock Hotel which would be pressed immediately which rang a bell in the fireman's house and let off the siren to let them know a call had come in. The first fireman to the station would ring the Cock Hotel to find out where the call was, the address and what type of call it was.

Methwold Fire EngineIn 1966, The Bell Public House was closed. As the fire station was in its yard, Norfolk Fire Service had been looking for a site in Methwold to build a new station, the old one was too low for a new fire engine to fit into. They bought the pub site, it was pulled down, except for the club room at the back, this had some work done to it and was turned into a temporary fire station. While the new one was being built in the place where the old station stood.

In 1968, the new fire station was completed. A new fire engine was taken delivery of. The fire engine was a commer, reg no. NNG 614F. During September 1980 the Commer fire engine was replaced by a Ford, reg no. KVG 506V and then in October 1994 that was replaced by a Mercedes 1222, reg no. J831 CVF. This appliance (as they are now referred as) has been replaced by a brand new Scania CP31 Rescue Pump, reg no. AU55 HKM.

The above information was extracted with kind permission from ' The Area of Methwold and its People ' by John Younge who is an ex fireman from Methwold.

How to Find the Station

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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