December 11 2013 Latest news:
By DAVID BLACKMORE
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Plans for a new £2m fire station in King’s Lynn will be submitted to planners this month.
It is hoped the new station at Horsley’s Fields, off the Hardwick Road, will help boost response times to emergencies which happen south of the market town.
If approved by West Norfolk Council, fire chiefs plan to split appliances between the new station and the town’s current fire station, in Kilham’s Way. It is hoped the proposed fire station will be completed and operational by early 2014.
Tim Edwards, station manager at King’s Lynn, announced on social network website Twitter that the plans for the new fire station were “ready and will be submitted for planning approval this month”.
From the current fire station, appliances have to either head through the busy town centre or take a lengthy detour around the A149 King’s Lynn bypass via Knight’s Hill to get to incidents which happen to the south of the town, along the A47 or A10.
Staffed 24/7, the new station would offer much easier access to the main routes south of Lynn.
Further improvements to the roads around the site, including connecting Horsley’s Fields to Nar Ouse Way are also being planned.
The brigade’s new high-speed search and rescue boat will also be based at the new station, which is close to the tidal Ouse, the Relief Channel and other inland waterways.
In 2011/12, the town’s current station dealt with 1,392 incidents, about a tenth of the total for Norfolk, including 228 fires and 394 other incidents, including assisting at road accidents.
The only busier stations in the county were Great Yarmouth, which dealt with 1,741 incidents, and Norwich, which handled 1,421.
Lynn currently has four full-time watches, each consisting of a watch manager, two crew managers and nine firefighters. There is also a retained crew, consisting of a watch manager, two crew managers and nine firefighters.
The station houses a water tender, rescue pump, hydraulic platform and aerial ladder platform.
A name for the fire station, which is being funded by Norfolk County Council, has not yet been decided.