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North Walsham

 

Address: New Road, North Walsham, NR28 9DE

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.

  North Walsham 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.

Resources

Rescue Pump Water tender ladder

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

 

PAST

From information obtained we know there have been three previous buildings that have been used as "fire stations" for North Walsham.

The towns old manual pump a "Newsham" (At present kept at Bressingham fire museum) was kept in a building opposite the the "Cock Public House" now the "Cockeral restaurant" The actual site of the building is buried under the car park.

The old Newsham manual appliance had to be pulled to the fire scene by hand and required 12 men to operate it effectively.These men would have to be relieved at regular intervals when they became fatigued. In addition a continuous supply of water was required for the pump provided by a bucket chain or some other arrangement.

As yet it is not clear when the "fire station" made its next move but we do know it was to the buildings adjacent to the "Urban District Council Offices" in New Road at which time it was a mechanised vehicle complete with ladder. The building only recently demolished (2000/2001) provided accomodation until 1942 when it moved to its present site (not buildings) just a stone's throw away still in New Road.

In 1942 on moving to it's present site the appliance was housed in temporary buildings which was part of the gardens of a large house named "Oak Lodge" the coach house was used as a lecture/recreation room. The temporary fire station consisted of a single storey concrete block building with an asbestos roof, the adjoining watch room was constructed of bomb proof reinforced concrete. The station continued to operate from the "temporary" accomodation untill the present station was opened in 1980.

Some "old Calls"
There are early records of notable fires in and around North Walsham, one of which was at Gunton Hall in 1884. An elderly local residents account reads as follows:-

"I remember the sky was red over Gunton and a groom rode up on one of Lady Suffield's piebald cobs to summon help. Norwich and Aylsham also sent fire pumps and jeered at the antiquated one from North Walsham, but the North Walsham men knew their old engine was the only one that could send a jet over the top.

In 1895 at about 4 a.m. the Town Hall was found to be on fire. The propreietor of the Kings Arms Public House and Livery Stables sent a lad named Jockey Elvin on the fastest horse to summon help from the local farms. The only water supply available in North Walsham at the time was from a hand pump outside the church entrance in the market place, but within half an hour, 30 water carts had assembled in the market place waiting to feed the fire pump.

On February 16th 1935, a fire broke out in a row of 3 storey terraced houses named the Butchery. The fire engine arrived with only one fireman, as the rest of the crew had travelled to Norwich to watch Norwich City play Sheffield Wednesday in the F.A. Cup at The Nest football ground. All was not lost however as a message was sent to the ground and announced over the loud speaker system requesting all North Walsham firemen to return home and attend a fire in the Butchery.

 

North Walsham has had an officially organised fire crew since 1883.

The North Walsham Crew from 1921

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:
RESPONSE
SERVICE PRIORITY : OPERATIONAL ASSURANCE
Improve our systems for securing operational assurance
STATION PRIORITIES:
1. Improve Core Skills
2. Maintain appliance and equipment in a constant state of readiness
3. Improve appliance availability.
PREVENTION
SERVICE PRIORITY: OLDER PEOPLE
Improve the safety of older people in their homes
STATION PRIORITIES:
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.
PROTECTION
SERVICE PRIORITY: SMOKE DETECTORS
Increase the number of working smoke detectors in domestic dwellings
STATION PRIORITIES:
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.
PEOPLE
SERVICE PRIORITY: PEOPLE
To improve the overall competence of the workforce
STATION PRIORITIES:
1. Complete appraisals; undertake reviews and action training needs.
2. Improve use of PDR Pro.
3. Concentrate on risk critical training and core skills.
MANAGE
SERVICE PRIORITY: EFFICIENCY
To achieve future efficiency targets
STATION PRIORITIES:
1. Improve appliance availability.
2. Reduce hours lost due to sickness.
3. Reduce injuries by focusing training on risk critical areas.
COMMUNITY
SERVICE PRIORITY: UNDERSTANDING OUR COMMUNITY
To provide services that reflect the needs and expectations of the community
STATION PRIORITIES:
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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