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Address: Station Road, Gt. Massingham, PE32 2JJ

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.

  Massingham 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.


Rescue PumpWater tender ladder

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

Massingham fire station is situated on former allotments at the junction of station road and Rudham road.

Opened in 1964 a purpose built modern station, to replace the previous station, situated at the Oak public house on Weasenham Road.

The call out system was by a siren and house bells.  Messages with details of the fire were sent by telephone to a local contact, usually the local shoemaker, himself a former Sub Officer in the brigade.  The contact would then summon the brigade by operating the call out system, and passing on the details to the firemen when they arrived.

Firemen responding to a call at the old station having received the details would then prepare the fire engine, an Austin Towing Vehicle.   This consisted of removing the engine from its garage, and because of the confined space this took a minimum of three shunts to accomplish.  Having released the engine the trailer pump was then attached, and finally the 10.5m extension ladder was secured to the roof.  With a quick phone call to the Fire Service Divisional HQ in King’s Lynn, to confirm that a crew was mobile to the incident, they were on there way.  At an incident all messages had to be sent by telephone, very often not easy in a rural location.

The extra training needs to transfer from ancient to modern were achieved before the official opening of the new station by Lady Joan Cator of Little Massingham in July 1964

The new station housed a brand new Commer Water Tender, carrying 400 gallons of water, a built in major pump and a lightweight portable pump, together with all modern fire fighting equipment, and to the delight of many local children a Klaxon warning device.

The call out system remained by siren and house bells for several years although there was no longer a need for a local contact.  The call out could be operated remotely by telephone call.  Some years later the siren and house bells were replaced as the call out system transferred to pagers.  Messages from incidents still had to made by telephone until a radio system was installed on the appliance in the early 1970,s.

Improved training methods, regular updating of appliances and equipment have ensured the station and crew have kept pace with the renewed demands required of the modern Fire & Rescue Service.

The crew’s dedication to the service can be judged by the many long service and good conduct medals awarded.

The officer in charge at the time of moving Sub Officer R Candler served over 35 years and his successor Sub Officer V Cross served 40 years.  Both retiring only on reaching the mandatory retiring age.

Today’s Crew forms an integral part of the modern Norfolk Fire Service, responding to calls 24/7 365 days a year.

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:
Improve our systems for securing operational assurance
1. Improve Core Skills
2. Maintain appliance and equipment in a constant state of readiness
3. Improve appliance availability.
Improve the safety of older people in their homes
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.
Increase the number of working smoke detectors in domestic dwellings
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.
To improve the overall competence of the workforce
1. Complete appraisals; undertake reviews and action training needs.
2. Improve use of PDR Pro.
3. Concentrate on risk critical training and core skills.
To achieve future efficiency targets
1. Improve appliance availability.
2. Reduce hours lost due to sickness.
3. Reduce injuries by focusing training on risk critical areas.
To provide services that reflect the needs and expectations of the community
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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