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Address: Swan Lane, Harleston, IP20 9AN

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.

  Harleston 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 Ladder Water tender ladder

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

Harleston is a small, attractive market town, sitting next to the Waveney River which runs along the Norfolk/Suffolk border. We are approximately 9 miles east of Diss, just off the main A143 Bury St Edmunds to Great Yarmouth main road. We are part of the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Retained and serve our local    community as well as covering areas up to Pulham Market to the north,  Earsham to the east, Thorpe Abbots to the West and assist Suffolk Fire Service to the south across the Waveney river. We have a team of 12 Fire Fighters and Drill every Tuesday night.

Harleston Fire Brigade Rules and Regulations

A very interesting booklet which was given to fire fighters on joining the service. It is dated July 1911 and gives an insight into the rules and regulations of the fire service. To view the contents of the book Please Click Here

Captain Robert Pipe (1870 - 1928)

Captain Robert Pipe (1870 - 1928)   Robert Pipe was born in Harleston in 1870, the elder son of Thomas a head groom, and Margaret Pipe. Robert became a house painter and decorator. He joined the Harleston Fire Brigade, and became Captain, commanding fourteen men. On the 24th May 1928 Harleston Fire Brigade led by Robert Pipe was summoned to a fire at Syleham Mill. Whilst supervising fire-fighting operations, Captain Pipe was knocked down and a wall fell on him, fracturing his left leg. He was pulled clear by his colleagues and taken to hospital, but died on May 31st. He was fifty seven years old, and a post mortem revealed a blood clot in the pulmonary artery, probably caused from the severe leg injury.

He was buried at St Mary's Church Redenhall on 5th June 1928, given a full Fire Brigade funeral, with men of the Harleston  Brigade acting as coffin bearers. On 23rd November 1987, a citation and photograph of Captain Pipe were unveiled at Harleston Fire Station in Swan Lane by the Chief Norfolk Fire Officer, in the presence of Ernest Emms, and two granddaughters of Robert Pipe. Pipe's heroism had been forgotten for over half a century, until the events of May 1928 were mentioned by Moreton Denny, and research was carried out by the Supervising Officer for Harleston, Mr R Crickmore.



Aerial view of Harleston
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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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