New fire station and engine for Sheringham

Sheringham is set to get a new type of fire engine to go with its new fire station.

The town, whose replacement fire station is a spin-off from a new Tesco store plan, is among those getting off-road rescue pumps in the next few months.

Crew manager Paul Richardson said the new fire station, which is opposite the old one, was built with the new engine in mind.

The Man truck, which has improved capabilities to deal with rural incidents and severe weather such as flooding, ice, snow or forest fires, has a nine-strong crew - one more than the current eight-man Scania engine which is three years old which it will replace.

The local crew would called out for all the current types of incident but would be more versatile and have enhanced equipment, he added.

The new engine comes as the crew enjoy the 'mod cons' of their new station, built as part of the planning deal which sees Tesco developing a supermarket on the site of the old 1960s station and community centre on Cromer Road.

Mr Richardson said it had better crew facilities, and a training tower for practising ladder work and with a 'dry riser' hydrant for training in multi-storey fire fighting.

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The fire service took delivery of the building in November and kitted it out to become operational over the Christmas period. An official opening will be held towards the end of the month. The new engine is due in the next two or three months.

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said the Sheringham rural engine was among 10 machines, costing �250,000 each, being deployed across the county. Discussions were continuing about potentially stationing another rural machine at Cromer's as a replacement second engine.

Tesco spokesman Louise Gosling said the next phase of the Sheringham building work was to start the new community centre, possibly towards the end of February, which would take six months to complete. With the replacement centre and fire station in operation, work could begin on the store, which they hoped to have open in the summer of 2013.

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