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Wymondham

 

Address: London Road, Wymondham, NR18 9AW

Drill Night: Monday

Incidents attended: Click here for incident information

This is a retained station.  It has a crew consisting of two Watch Manager and four Crew Managers and eleven Firefighters.  There is also a Fire Cadets unit based here.

  Wymondham 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 from you with any other queries.”

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Water Tender Water tender ladder x 2

 

Control unit Control Unit

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

Wymondham Fire Station is a retained station. It has a crew consisting of a Watch Manager, four Crew Managers and eleven fire-fighters. There is a fire cadet unit based here. 

The Norfolk Market town of Wymondham is situated 8 miles from Norwich. Figures taken from the 2001 census shows that Wymondham has a population of approximately 12,539.

History of Wymondham Fire Station

In 1882, a local volunteer Fire Service was formed.  A crew of 12 fire-fighters were summoned to the station by word of mouth, over the years this developed so that the police started to set of maroons to alert fire-fighters when they were required to attend the station.

The first appliances used by the service were 2 Shand Mason Manual Pumps, one of which was a 22 manual pump engine. This was a horse drawn pump which had the capability to provide 100 gallons of water per minute to the height of 120 feet. These appliances were manned by the twelve volunteers and if further assistance was required at fire, then local men would be recruited at the scene. The Shand Mason Manual pumps were towed by Horses which were kept on the Kings Head Meadow. These horses were so well trained they would move to the gate ready to be attached to the appliances as soon as they heard the maroons. Over the years the horses were replaced with a Renault 24 horse-power breakdown truck, which was provided and owned by Semmence Garage.

In January 1883 a new fire station was opened on Market Street. This station was built using funding from Mrs Julia De Rubigne Clarke. The original fire station arch can still be seen today and is used as the entrance to the car park beside the Consort Hotel

 

Wymondham Fire Station Arch Today

The Fire Station Arch as it is today.

In 1935 the local volunteer fire service was renamed the Wymondham Fire Brigade. At this time the newly formed Wymondham Urban District Council provided funding for the crew to replace the 12 manual pump with a motorised Dennis ‘Ace’ fire engine. The Dennis ‘Ace’ had a self propelled pump which had the capacity of providing 350-450 gallons of water per minute. The Wymondham Fire Brigade continued to use this appliance until 1956. During the 2nd World War two further fire stations were opened in Wymondham. One was on White Horse Street and the second was in Drill Yard Abbey on Cock Street. Additional appliances were supplied under an Emergency Scheme. Records which are available show that over 100 personnel were deployed at these stations.

In 1967 the current Fire Station was opened on London Road. Since the opening of the fire station the fire-fighters have crewed a number of different appliances including 2 Commers, 2 Dodges, 2 Dennis appliances and 2 Mercedes. During this time the maroons were replaced with call bells which were placed in the fireman’s houses and places of employment. In 1971 fire-fighters were issued with alerters.

The Great Fire of Wymondham

In the early hours of Sunday 11th June 1615 two separate fires broke out in 2 parts of Wymondham. One fire was located in Vicar Street and Middleton Street whilst the second was located in and destroyed parts of Bridewell Street, Fairland Street and Market Street. In total over 300 properties were destroyed by the fire that morning including the Town Hall, School House and the Market Cross. 

The fires were started by 4 locals. According to a register in St Andrews Church, Norwich these 4 people were found guilty of starting the fires and all 4 were executed on the 2nd December 1615.

Delays in rebuilding some of the properties destroyed by the fire were thought to of been caused by various economics conditions which occurred between 1620 and 1630. Over the years this fire became known as the Great Fire of Wymondham. 

Wymondham Fire Station Today

There are currently 17 fire-fighters at Wymondham today who staff 3 appliances. Two of these appliances are Scanias with the callsigns of WYMP3 and WYMP1. Both appliances carry a variety of equipment which can be used at various incidents ranging from road traffic collisions through to building fires.

The third appliance is a Mercedes 814D. This vehicle is known as a Control Unit and has the call sign of WYMC0. The control unit is mobilised to incidents where there are 5 or more appliances committed for structural fires and 7 or more appliances committed for fires in rural areas. The Control Unit is used as a contact point between the incident and the main control room. This prevents the control room being bombarded with lots of different messages from different appliances at the incident. 

The Wymondham Fire-fighters meet once a week on a Monday night for a drill night. During this time the fire-fighters participate in drills and lectures in order to maintain their competency. Additional drills, training and visits are organised on other evenings or weekends as part of the training programme, or to support local community activities. 

Wymondham Fire Cadets

Wymondham Fire Cadets was set up in the early 1980s and was one of the first units to be set up within Norfolk. The aim of the cadet scheme is to promote teamwork and leadership within a disciplined environment. The cadets are run by Firefighter Steven Hornby who is supported by a team of leaders some who have been fire cadets in previous years, a retired Firefighter and current Firefighters.

Wymondham Fire Cadets meet up on a Thursday evening between 1900-2100hrs at Wymondham Fire Station in order to carry out Fire Service training drills, Cadets ages range from 13 to 18yrs old.   Drills range from basic hose running thorough to improvised building fires and Road Traffic Collisions, we base the training against the Firefighter role map and scenarios Firefighters came across. Throughout the year the cadets are invited to a number of fire service events and other outside activities, including hiking/camping and activity weekends.

 

 

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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:
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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