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Address: Lower Staithe Road, Stalham, NR12 9BU

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.

  Stalham 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 Pump Rescue Pump

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


The first station in Stalham was established in 1833, the same year as the London Fire Brigade was founded.

Partially led by this event and probably because of the local rural unrest of the time which resulted in fire raising, a meeting of the District and Parish Councils, and local business was called at the 'Swan' public house in the High Street. This was to establish the desire for a fire brigade and fund it by charging those who were unfortunate to have to use the brigade, according to a rateable value on their property.

But before this was discussed, the first agreement made was how much to spend on the 'refreshment' of the committee. This was fair as it  became usual to 'refresh' the firemen with copious amounts of beer as well - it was thirsty work!

The original 1833 engine house was built next to the church in the high street and also adjoined the 'clink' (jail cell). It still stands today and is Grade II listed as one of the most complete building of it's type and is now a museum. Inside there is a horse drawn, hand pumped engine of the same type as the 'Coronation pump' which was bought to celebrate the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902. It was only the second pump to serve Stalham and had seen service at the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich.

The pump served until 1932, when after almost 100 year's, horse drawn gave way to horse power. A 1920 Dennis Brothers 45hp 'N' type motorised pump was bought and this still exists today in a renovated condition in private hands. It can be seen on the Dennis Preservation Society website.

In 1962, the present station on Lower Staithe Road was opened by the then local MP Mr. Edwin Gooch and is of a standard design of that time for Norfolk .

We average around 150 calls per year, with a Scania Rescue Pump which gives covers seven Parishes and provides rescue support over a wider area.

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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:
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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