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Suffolk firefighters practice high rise firefighting skills

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog on the 06th December 2017 at 15:11 - Posted in Fire Blogs

The tragic fire at Grenfell Tower earlier this year has brought in to sharp focus the need for all Fire Service's across the UK to hone their skills at dealing with incidents in high rise buildings. Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service has carried out a series of visits and inspections to the high rise buildings across the county. This has now moved to carrying out exercises for simulated flat fires in high rise blocks of flats - firstly in Ipswich and now in Lowestoft. Even before Grenfell, fires...
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BA drill at derelict (haunted) Lowestoft hotel

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog on the 08th November 2017 at 13:22 - Posted in Fire Blogs

The prospect of rummaging round the pitch black interior of the derelict Crown Hotel for a BA drill held no qualms for our crew from North Lowestoft Fire Station. After all, we're rufty-tufty firefighters - right? Rufty-tufty disappeared sharpish when you're gathered together in the smoke blackened kitchen and you see 'Help me' scrawled in the grime and you hear a low moaning sound from the gloom.  I digress - anybody would think this was an episode of Most Haunted which, incidentally,...
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Water rescue at Slater's Pit, Lowestoft

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog on the 07th July 2017 at 12:53 - Posted in Fire Blogs

As always, when shouts have been thin on the ground, my alerter going into overdrive sends me up in the air like a cartoon character. Thankfully, as I hit the ground, my legs are spinning like Billy the Whizz! Over to the Fire Station to find we're going to a water rescue incident barely a few hundreds from the station, as the crow flies, but well over a mile by how the fire engine drives... Within minutes we're pulling up behind the ERT and water rescue van plus a gaggle of police vehicles,...
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Flooding in Lowestoft - we were ready...

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog on the 15th January 2017 at 14:51 - Posted in Fire Blogs

It didn't bode well that the predicted flooding in Lowestoft and along the East Coast was scheduled for Friday 13th. The previous day we were asked for volunteers to crew our pump as part of the Fire Service response to any flooding in the North of Lowestoft. Plans were already underway in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex to draft in additional resources from other Fire and Rescue Services across the country as part of the National Resilience capability. Our first stint on standby at North Lowestoft...
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Boat fire in Lowestoft

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog on the 19th October 2016 at 11:02 - Posted in Fire Blogs

If you've read any of my blogs posts you'll see that there's very rarely an ideal time for my alerter to spring into life and have me hotfooting it to the fire station. Yesterday proves the point. I've recently started working with a great local business and was in the middle of taking on board a ton of technical information, praying that my little grey cell could cope. And the shrill call of my alerter going ape had me mumbling apologies and heading for the exit at speed. With...
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Lowestoft firefighters take the #22PushUpChallenge

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog on the 19th August 2016 at 15:48 - Posted in Fire Blogs

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects large numbers of our serving and ex-serving military personnel. UK charity, Combat Stress, is raising funds to help them carry on their great work by getting people to take the #22PushUpChallenge. Originally started in the US, there's now thousands of people taking the challenge here in the UK. Why 22 push ups? In the US 22 ex-military personnel commit suicide because of PTSD. That's the reason... Here in Lowestoft quite a few firefighters are...
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Busy old station...

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog on the 10th August 2016 at 11:48 - Posted in Fire Blogs

August is turning into a busy month for the firefighters at North Lowestoft Fire Station... 12 shouts so far ranging from the bowling alley fire in Great Yarmouth and exploding cylinders in Long Road, Lowestoft to fires in the open, AFA's and 'male on bus shelter'. Yep, we've had them all so far. 'Male on bus shelter' did raise the odd eyebrow but that's exactly what we had... What the tip sheet didn't mention (because no one had told Fire Control) was that...
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Fire in Lowestoft goes with a bang!

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog on the 08th August 2016 at 15:45 - Posted in Fire Blogs

Sunday evening, just finished my tea and my alerter springs into life shattering the peace. Yes, I know, it's been quite a while since I last posted on here. But oddly enough we've been quite busy these last couple of weeks including our crew being sent to the Make Pumps 15 fire in Regent Road, Great Yarmouth. Anyway, back to the plot... The alerter's incessant racket always has me clattering round the house - change from shorts to jeans, pull on a pair of socks, shoes, pick up keys,...
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Fire on South Lowestoft Industrial Estate

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog on the 03rd February 2016 at 20:01 - Posted in Fire Blogs

I know! It's been far too long since I posted anything on here about shouts. No excuses really - work, life and couldn't be arsed all come into play. So let's make amends now... I was sitting chatting to the present Mrs. C, waiting the arrival of a health care professional to help us with Karen's ongoing care requirements. I won't bore you with the details suffice to say, if you don't already know, that Mrs. C broke her neck 27 years ago, uses a wheelchair to get about...
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Lowestoft meeting to discuss cuts to Fire Service budget in Suffolk

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog on the 03rd February 2016 at 19:30 - Posted in Fire Blogs

Around 80 people attended the public meeting on 1st February where the Chief Fire Officer, Mark Hardingham and Cllr Matthew Hicks sort to explain and 'sell' the proposed cuts to frontline fire engines and firefighters. The meeting, held at the swanky new council offices at Riverside, Lowestoft was well stage-managed and largely deflected any major spats for the the Fire Service or County Council. We sat on tables of 8, each with an officer present to answer general questions - our table...
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