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Address: Park Road, Wroxham, NR12 8SB

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.

  Wroxham 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.


Water tender Water tender

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

First Wroxham StationThe first fire appliance at Wroxham was established in the late 1930’s and consisted of a Coventry Climax trailer pump. This pump was variously housed in a barn and the blacksmiths shop, before a purpose built station was constructed entirely by part-time personnel from the village Brigade.  A second purpose built station was opened in 1950, before the construction of the present station in 1968.

Wroxham Fire Station today consists of a single Mercedes Benz 1122 water tender ladder fire appliance. This is manned by 12 retained fire-fighters who respond locally from their homes or places of work on the activation of their pagers.

Wroxham pleasure boat on fireMany of the crew are self employed which helps with the unpredictable nature of retained fire calls, while others are shift workers or work for local company’s which have a long standing agreement to allow them to leave work when alerted to crew the fire engine for an incident.

Incidents attended

Due to the stations close proximity to the city of Norwich we are often called to assist the crews at incidents within the city. Some of the Larger and more memorable incidents attended by Wroxham crew were:

Norwich Central Library – 1st August 1994 - Norwich central library is gutted in a £4 million pound blaze, with priceless books and records lost for ever.

Norwich Assembly Rooms – 12th April 1995 - The 18th century Assembly House in Norwich is severely damaged by an afternoon blaze

Roys of Wroxham FireRoys of Wroxham   - 6th May 1995 -(Wroxham was first pump on scene as the department store was gutted in a 10 hour blaze that started in the early morning. This was not the first time Roy’s had been hit by a fire.

On August 18th, 1916 the store caught fire. But because the parish council had not paid any contribution to Norwich fire brigade, then run by the chief constable, they refused to turn out.

Insurers Norwich Union intervened, according to Brian Veriod’s history book on the brigade, but by this time it was too late to save the building.  Soon afterwards the rules for call outs were changed to avoid such a repetition.

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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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