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Duke of Edinburgh's - Gold Award

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Complete your 5 day residential at an operational fire station...
Want a challenge? Fun, active, adventurous and educational ...An opportunity of a life time!

Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Residential


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Norfolk Fire and Rescue service now take the pleasure in offering a residential opportunity for Gold level Duke of Edinburgh participants. 

Using the DofE’s philosophy of individual development by personal challenge, our dedicated Youth Development Team has prepared a residential opportunity that is engaging and challenging. The Gold residential ‘Activity Based’ programme is designed to promote leadership, team working, problem solving and provide lots of fun!

Based at Fakenham Fire Station, the Gold residential programme focuses on challenges through Fire and Rescue Service drills such as hose, pump, ladder, search and rescue. Additionally, just like operational crews, gold DofE participants will work, eat and rest together, resulting in an experience of a lifetime with many new friends, adventures and memories!






A brilliant week; fun, educational and inspiring! 
Chelsea, from Cambridgeshire.

Great week, great group of people; we worked well together and learnt a lot through practical group activities. 
Jason, from Bedfordshire.

It was really chilled but still a valuable learning experience. 

Really challenging, but loads of fun, really good week and the leaders were all really good and a great laugh, would recommend to anyone. 

I was quite nervous about coming as I struggle to make friends. However, as soon as I arrived everyone was so welcoming. The sessions that we did allowed us to be as close to a fire fighter as possible. When in the residential I felt as though I have developed my cookery/cleaning skills. The indoor cricket was second to none! 

If you want to read more testimonials then click here!

To avoid disappointment, please book early, as the limit for each gold residential programme is only 15 participants!

Programme of Events:



Girl PowerKing’s Lynn Fire Station is based just outside the medieval port town centre situated in West Norfolk. The station is manned 24/7 by two operational crews operating on a four watch system, supported by retained crews.

Fakenham is a Retained Fire Station with twenty personnel who live and work in the town and respond to the station when alerted, The current Fire Station was built in the 1960s and houses a Water Tender, Rescue Pump and a Specialist appliance being a Water Foam Unit.

Dunton Centre is a residential self-catering insfacility owned by Red House Youth Projects, which is a charity that supports young people and youth projects in Norfolk. The accommodation (a former school) caters for up to 23 residents with sleeping arrangements made up of dormitories and four double rooms, all with bunk-beds. A large lounge / small hall serves as a social area in addition to the open kitchen diner which overlooks the beautiful Norfolk countryside at this isolated location.The facilities are similar to what you would expect from a 2 to 3 star YHA; basic, however entirely fit for purpose.


By road King’s Lynn is located at the junction of three major trunk roads: A10, A17 and A47, with the station no more than 3 miles away.

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Kilhams Way,
King’s Lynn,
PE30 2HY

From Edward Benefer Way, the fire station is accessed by Estuary Road, along Kilhams Way to the Youth Development ‘Team Room’ and parking in Jeffery Close. Please do not try to access via the fire station forecourt!  Free parking by arrangement.

By train, King’s Lynn is located at the end of the line when travelling direct from London King’s Cross. Those travelling from the Midlands or beyond will connect at Ely or Cambridge.Minibus transfer from King’s Lynn rail station to fire station.


As part of the experience process participants will take responsibility for mess arrangements, budgeting, shopping, food preparation and associated domestic arrangements, with a more than sufficient budget being allocated for mess managers to cater for everyone’s specific needs throughout the programme (meals, snacks, hot and cold soft drinks).


We will provide you with Personal Protective Equipment (helmet, tunic, over trousers, gloves and safety boots). The Personal Protective Equipment must be worn whilst participating in all fire service activities. The size range of the personal equipment is follows:Boots: sizes 3 up to size 13 (adult sizes) Tunic: Small chest size 36” up to Xlarge chest size 46”Over trousers: Small waist size 32” up to Xlarge waist size 41”All helmets, gloves and goggles are standard adult size fit.

You will need to bring:

Activity Based clothing
Trainers (for activities, so they may get dirty!)
Socks: extras to wear with safety boots if necessary
Trousers or trackies: light weight to wear under PPE
Jumper / T-Shirts layers to wear under PPE (avoid hoodies)

Regular clothing (for residential centre)
Footwear (to be kept clean for travelling and evenings)
Underwear sufficient for the week
Night wear
Trousers and or trackies
T-shirts x 5
Jumper / fleece / hoody
Jacket / fleece
Hat, scarf and gloves depending on weather forecast
Beach wear... again depending on weather forecast

Other kit
Toiletries (including sun block), towel and medication
Sleeping bag, pillow and a single sheet (elasticated if possible)
DofE book or eDofE ID number
Memory stick (for all the photos we will take) minimum 8gb


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Safety, Insurance and Safe Guarding

All activities are risk assessed and are subject to Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service’s stringent health and safety systems.All activity based and residential engagements are further assessed by the county councils educational visits advisor by way of the ‘Evolve’ on-line approval system.

Norfolk County Council has public liability insurance to a limited of £50 million indemnity covering the insured activities of local authority business and other activities as approved.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants insurance information

All Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service Youth Development staff have current Criminal Record Bureau clearance and receive Safe Guarding training.

Programme dates

  • New course dates will be available in 2017

Booking & Payment 

Send an email to check course availability:

Then request or download (below), complete and return the booking  and consent form, along with a completed activities disclaimer form. Also enclosed with the two forms needs to be full payment of £395 (all inclusive as described in this information) (if the course is for 2016 please remove the £50 reduction before writing your cheque so £345!!!!)   to the address below (cheques made payable to ‘Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service’). Card payments can be accepted, please contact us for full details (details below).  

Once the payment has been received and cleared we will send you a confirmation invoice stating the course fee has been paid.


Help towards raising funds for the residential section of your Gold dofe award can be found at: 


  • Will be made in full up until six weeks before the course date.
  • No refund will be given if less than six weeks notice is given.

Downloadable Forms

Please do not hesitate to Contact us should you require any further information.

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Booking conditions:

The contract shall be formed when Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Youth Development acknowledges acceptance of the customers booking form and required payment.

Participation in adventurous activities entails some risk of injury. All staff employed by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Youth Development are trained and appropriately qualified to run activity sessions and will at all times proceed in a manor to limit the risk of injury. However, customers need to accept that accidents and injuries can happen.

Any customer under the age of 18 years must have the explicit permission of his/her parent or guardian before being able to take part in any activity/course offered by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Youth Development. The parent or guardian need to be aware and accept the risks involved in adventure activities and satisfy themselves accordingly. 

The customer is responsible for the safekeeping of all equipment issued for use during the activity/course. With the exception of fair wear and tear Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Youth Development reserves the right to charge for equipment that has been lost or misused.
All bookings are on the basis that the customer will, at all times, observe the safety regulations set by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Youth Development.

The contract is subject to availability of a course place/date and the acceptance by the customer of these terms and conditions. 
Neither Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Youth Development website or literature constitutes an offer and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Youth Development may correct any errors or omissions to its published prices at any time prior to the confirmation of the contract in accordance with this condition. 

All information is produced in good faith that it is accurate at the time of going to press.


Customers participating in courses/activities must expect to be involved in adventurous and sometimes strenuous activities. Although prior experience and/or training is not necessary on all the courses/activities customers are expected to be of good general health. The medical section must be completed as part of the booking process. All prior injuries and/or serious illnesses must be declared. Any injury or illness occurring between the time of the declaration and the commencement of the course must be reported. The customer must satisfy him/herself that taking part in the course is within his/her own capabilities. Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Youth Development reserves the right to refuse a booking on medical grounds if it is considered to be detrimental to the safety and smooth running of the course. 

Dietary requirements:

Any special dietary requirements must be made at the time of booking, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Youth Development cannot accept responsibility for not being able to deliver special dietary needs at short notice.

Unruly behaviour:

Behaviour that disrupts the smooth running of an event may result in the disruptive customer(s) being excluded.  Any damage caused to property or equipment as a result of unruly behaviour will be charged for.

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