New Director of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service appointed

Ceri Sumner has been appointed as the new Director of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service. The appointment follows existing Interim Chief Fire Officer Tim Edwards’s announcement of his intention to retire from the service at the end of the summer.…

Reaction to HMICFRS report on Norfolk’s Fire & Rescue Service

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate has published a report into Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service. The overall judgement was that the service requires improvement, although there are key areas judged to be good, including our understanding of fires and other risks in…

Safer training towers for Norfolk’s fire stations

Improvements to Norfolk fire stations, which will help firefighters carry out lifesaving training exercises and prepare for public-safety incidents have been completed. A £1.75 million investment by Norfolk County Council in 21 new training towers was completed earlier this month.…

Learn about water safety – fire crews and partners raise awareness of dangers with public events

Residents and visitors to some of Norfolk’s most scenic waterside spots are invited to find out more about water safety from the county’s fire crews. Fire and rescue crews will build on public engagement work already undertaken this year, and…

Pandemic response work of Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service highlighted in report

A report highlighting the work of Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service over the last year will go to Norfolk County Council’s cabinet for approval next month. The annual statement of assurance gives details of finance, governance and operational issues, covers…

Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service boosts communication reliability in rural areas

Norfolk is one of the largest counties in the UK by area, while also being one of the least dense by population. This makes it even more important for emergency-service workers to be able to respond to incidents quickly and…

Business fires in Norfolk caused by portable heaters as venues utilise outside space

Business owners across Norfolk are being asked to check their fire risk assessments following incidents since pubs and restaurants reopened for outdoor dining in the county. Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service has attended two fires involving the use of outdoor…

Norfolk Fire invest in drones to gain vital advantage on blazes and rescues

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has invested in drone technology to give a bird’s eye view of incidents, which will help firefighters and officers when tackling large blazes and performing rescue missions. The drones can also be used to assist…

Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service deploys ESN-ready mobile communications solution

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is set to be an early adopter of the new Emergency Services Network (ESN) with the deployment of a Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) solution across its fleet of 66 vehicles using Panasonic TOUGHBOOK devices and…

Safety first for firefighters

All six fire services across the East of England have signed up to a new agreement designed to keep emergency crews and the public safe near high-voltage electrical equipment. Electricity firm UK Power Networks created a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)…

Fire safety warning following two Christmas house fires

Residents across Norfolk are being reminded to take extra care to keep their families safe at home this Christmas. Two house fires this week, attended by Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service, have involved Christmas decorations, highlighting the dangers of leaving…

New kit and additional vehicles for Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service

Firefighters across Norfolk have received £1.44m of new kit as part of an investment by Norfolk County Council in technology and equipment. In addition, five new multi-purpose tactical response vehicles (TRV) are due to be put into service this month,…

Online Crucial Crew- safety project launches for Norfolk children

A free children’s safety project which offers tips about fire, water, electrical, online and beach safety, as well as first aid and other skills, has been launched online by Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service with support from partner agencies. Staff…

Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service in discussions to support ambulance colleagues

Norfolk’s Chief Fire Officer and his team are working with colleagues at The East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) to identify ways fire service staff can support them during the COVID-19 pandemic. This morning, the National Fire Chiefs Council…

Norfolk’s First Police and Fire Collaboration Report Issued

A report highlighting progress made since Norfolk’s police and fire service signed a pledge to work better together has been released. Members of Norfolk County Council’s cabinet will be presented with the first Annual Report into Norfolk’s Police and Fire…

Fire service plea for vigilance after spate of hot weather arson attacks in Norfolk

Arsonists are putting lives at risk across Norfolk in the hot weather, with more than half of the open fires in Norfolk over the last year believed to have been started deliberately. Recent problem areas include Mousehold Heath and the…

New Deputy for Norfolk’s Fire & Rescue Service

Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service has welcomed a new Deputy Chief Fire Officer. Stuart Ruff has decades of experience in the sector and most recently worked as Assistant Chief Fire Officer for Lincolnshire. He reported for duty in Norfolk for…

Reporting for duty: New Norfolk firefighters finish their training

More than 20 extra firefighters are reporting for duty this week following a recruitment drive to fill on-call vacancies across Norfolk. Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service is still searching for more new potential recruits to join them in helping to keep…

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