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Address: Norwich Road, Holt, NR25 6SH 

Drill Night: Thursday

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.

  Holt Retained 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.

In the early nineteen hundreds the fire station was an old brick building situated next to the Methodist chapel on Norwich road. The station was then moved to Shirehall plain which was next to a very large water tower. This not only provided water for the town, but a convenient internal space to hang hose to dry.

Old Fire Station in Albert StreetThis photograph shows a turn out from the next fire station which was in Albert Street (now an estate agents next to the car park) The appliance XC 9688 was first registered in London in June 1920. So far we have been unable to identify the make of the pump but have been told it is not a Dennis.

In the Holt parish council rules and regulations for the fire brigade, dated 1st April 1927 rule 18 reads.

Out of town fires-

When a call to a fire outside the parish of Holt is received, the superintendent (or foreman) shall assure himself that the application for the attendance of the brigade has been made in writing (a) by the owner on occupier of the property involved, or (b) by a responsible person acting on his behalf, and a guarantee given that he will pay to the council its charges for such attendance according to its fixed scale.

The charges at the time were Motor engine £4.4.0 for the first 8 hours or part thereof and then £1.1.0 per 2 hours or part thereof.  Thankfully things are a little easier nowadays!

In January 1960 the station moved from Albert street to the present station on Norwich road. This is one of several stations in the county built to the same design.

The present appliance is a Scania WTL/Rescue pump. We currently have eleven personnel who are alerted to the station by pager when required.

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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