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Great Yarmouth


Address: Friars Lane, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2RP

Drill Night: Wednesday

Incidents attended: Click here for incident information

This Station is a wholetime and retained station. It has Four wholetime watches consisting of one Watch Manager, two Crew Manager and nine firefighters. It also has a retained crew consisting of one Watch Manager, two crew managers and nine firefighters.  There is also fire safety and admin staff based here.  This station also has a Fire Cadets unit.

  Great Yarmouth

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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.


HRP Heavy Rescue Pump

Aerial Ladder PlatformAerial ladder platform

Water Tender LadderWater tender

Water TenderWater tender


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

A Brief History of Great Yarmouth Fire Service

To look after the residents of Edwardian Yarmouth, the Borough Council commenced work on a new Fire and Police Station to the rear of the Town Hall in 1909 with it being extended in 1911.

The station boasted the tallest pole in the country, the Chief Fire Officer lived in a flat above the station itself (some things do change for the better) and had the latest in self propelled steam fire tenders. These were last used at the scene of the fire at ‘Arnolds’ a large department store in town in 1919. They were replaced by Merryweather motor driven tenders.

The Great Yarmouth Fire Brigade not only acquitted itself admirably fighting such major fires as Arnolds and the Scenic Railway at the Pleasure Beach in 1919, Britannia Pier in 1932, the ‘Norfolk Blitz’ in 1941, but also dealt with severe floods in 1931 and 1953 (after which Firefighter Fred Sadd was awarded the George Cross) and the appalling winter of 1963. It is also worth noting that the Great Yarmouth Fire Brigade also took delivery of one of the first 12 Hydraulic Platforms in the country and this vehicle can still be seen at Duxford Museum.

On June 8th 1972 the current fire station seen on the front page of the website was opened having been built at a cost of £146,500 (incidentally the same price as the Breathing Apparatus Chamber to the rear of the station cost to complete, and HALF the cost of the 2002 Scania Water Tender Ladder now designated Yarmouth P1, that’s inflation for you!).

In 1974 the amalgamation of three fire brigades, those of Great Yarmouth, Norwich and Norfolk, together with the transfer of the combined HQ’s and control rooms to Hethersett, Norfolk Fire Service as we know it today was born.

Great Yarmouth Fire Station

The current station has, as mentioned, a Scania Heavy Rescue Pump (Yarmouth P7), a Scania Water Tender Ladder with CAFS compressed air foam system (Yarmouth P3), a Bronto Skylift Aerial Ladder Platform (Yarmouth A6) and a retained Mercedes Water Tender (Yarmouth P4).

To staff these appliances there are four wholetime watches and a part time on call retained crew of 12 personnel (one Watch manager, two Crew managers and 9 Firefighters per watch) are employed to serve an area that extends from Long Fulans Lane in Hopton, to the First and Last Public House in Ormesby and as far inland as the Pontiac Road House on the A47. Although the ALP, being only one of three covering the whole of Norfolk often travels much further afield.

Unusual risks of the town include the Riparian risks of the river, Offshore companies (which use radioactive sources and explosives), and a major hospital (the James Paget). Whereas the primary life risk used to be the influx of tourists in the summer and the greatly increased number of people sleeping peacefully in the numerous hotels and guest houses, many of these have been converted to bedsits or ‘houses in multiple occupancy’ with different fire regulations covering them and an increase in social issues being noted by firefighters.

Appliance Information

P3 - Water Tender Ladder

Standard firefighting appliance including RTC cutting equipment.


It has a Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) on board that mixes a foam concentrate with water to produce a foam mixture that is more effective than plain water in dealing with certain fires. Currently Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service only uses this in exterior firefighting but will soon be looking to extend its training to include interior techniques too. This can be deployed using either the standard firefighting hose or by using a dedicated CAFS hosereel.

P7 -Heavy Rescue Pump 

Great Yarmouth’s newest addition to its fleet. This is longer and heavier than a standard Rescue Pump. It has the same water capacity but carries a lot of extra equipment. Firefighting capability comes from standard hose, two high pressure hosereels or a Compressed Air Foam System.


Additional equipment includes a Heavy Goods Vehicle rescue platform, heavy duty hydraulic cutting equipment, 66 tonne airbags, battery powered combination cutter/spreader tool, various drills/drivers/saws, pulling chains and much more.

A6 - Aerial Ladder Platform

The most modern and sophisticated of Norfolk’s three aerial appliances.

Each watch has two ALP instructors to keep their watch up to date with ongoing training.


The cage can hold up to four people with equipment and reach a maximum height of 30 metres. It has the ability to reach up to 5 metres below ground level which has been put to good use in rescuing people from boats docked in the harbour.

The monitor attached to the cage can deliver up to 3300 litres of water per minute. It can also be used to deliver CAFS if required. The monitor and cage can both be controlled from ground level if conditions up in the cage are deemed too dangerous.

 Fire Cadets

The Fire Cadets are now up & running on station. (previously at Gorleston)

They have one water tender appliance to use and their own single appliance bay.

They are currently under their full establishment of 10.

Their drill night is Thursday.

Typical duties include cleaning and upkeep of their equipment & appliance, attending lectures on fire service operating procedures, occasionally training alongside the wholetime & retained crews.

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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