New Norfolk fire station opened by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service’s new South Lynn Fire Station was officially opened today (Monday 2 February) by Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.
Earlier, Her Majesty and His Royal Highness were greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, Mr Richard Jewson. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness then met Nigel Williams, Chief Fire Officer for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, who introduced them to some of the King’s Lynn-based firefighters, a group of young people who are undertaking a Princes Trust Programme, as well as a number of Fire Service Cadets.
Before departing, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh unveiled a plaque to commemorate the official opening and signed a portrait for display in the station.
The new £2m station on Horsley’s Fields is fully operational helping serve the south of the town and surrounding areas, and as a result, reduce response times for crews attending emergencies.
King’s Lynn currently has a fire station (North Lynn Fire Station) which is home to three fire appliances and a range of specialist response vehicles staffed by full time and on call firefighters. However, in recent years, risk management planning indicated that the Service could provide a more effective response to the King’s Lynn area if the fire appliances were split and placed at a new station situated in the South of the town.
The new South Lynn station has been designed to house up to three fire appliances or other emergency vehicles as well as allowing Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service to accommodate other blue light partners such as the East of England Ambulance Service. The intention is to also make the building available to other public bodies including county and district council staff to allow more efficient working in the locality and reduce travelling time and cost.
The new fire station has been made possible thanks to £2 million of funding from Norfolk County Council as part of an agreed three year Fire and Rescue Service Plan. The funding has been used predominantly to build South Lynn Fire Station but training facilities at the sister North Lynn Fire Station have also been improved for crews. This includes for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service’s Youth Development projects including the Princes Trust partnership, as well as major improvements to the workshop facilities to improve vehicle maintenance across the County Council’s fleet.