Wickhambrook Firestation

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Wickhambrook Firestation

Wickhambrook Fire Station is crewed by 'Retained Firefighters”. Our retained firefighters are members of the local community, who have been trained as firefighters, but have full time jobs and work within a short distance of the fire station. There is a huge shortage of retained firefighters nation-wide. Have you ever considered a career as a retained firefighter? We have vacancies at the station for people who can provide cover Monday to Friday during the day. Please find out more about us and how we look after the safety of the community.

If you would like more information about Wickhambrook Firestation, organising an event you would like us to attend or are interested in joining the Fire Service either at Wickhambrook or elsewhere, then we would be pleased to hear from you.

Contact Information

The Station Officer would be pleased to hear from you if you are interested in becoming a member of the Fire Service or wish to contact us. 

Please do not use the numbers below for emergencies.


Station Officer
Paul Jolland 01440 820254
Assistant Divisional Officer
Ali Moseley 01473 588888

Firestation Location : CB8 8PF


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Wickhambrook News and Events

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World's Biggest Coffee Morning
Thank You

I would like to send a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who attended and so generously supported our 26th annual Coffee Morning recently. The event was part of Macmillan Cancer World's Biggest Coffee Morning and was a wonderful morning, with over 160 people attending.

The total raised so far for Macmillan is £1158.
A brilliant effort for our small village!!!

Special thanks to my team of helpers without whom the morning would not be possible, Karen Horne, Deidre Smith, Jean and Stephen Coe, Dorothy Dunnet, Jill Scott and Lorraine Brown. Not forgetting my brilliant husband Dave and Belinda Lee from Chocoholics.

With grateful thanks for all the donations of money, cakes and the interesting variety of 58 raffle prizes and to the W.I. for the free use of their hall for the morning.
Everyone was so very generous as always. Thank you!!!

There will be a final total in December after Chocoholics orders are completed.

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Val Orange.



W.I. Tea Party W.I. Tea Party

The next W.I. Tea Party will be on the 13th of October 2017 . All Welcome.  Come and join us from 2pm till 4pm for Tea, Coffee and Cake £1.50.  All profits to a local charity or group and for our Denman Bursary.



Tuesday 17th October
On Tuesday 17th October at 7.30pm in the WI Hall when Dr Nick Amor will talk on 'The Suffolk Clothier in the time of Henry VII.'. All welcome. Look out for posters or check the village website.



Wickhambrook Horticultural Society

Monday 23rd October
The next Horticultural Society meeting will be on Monday 23rd October at 7.30pm in the WI Hall, The Amazing Hidden History of Apples and Orchards talk and apple identification by Joanna Crosby (Apple Expert, Trumpington Community Orchard Project Co-Founder).  Tea and Coffee refreshments.



W.I. Quiz Night

W.I. Quiz
Saturday 28th October

To enter a team or for more details please contact Hilary Bradfield 01440 821713.



W.I. Wickhambrook

14th November 2017

The next W.I. meeting is Astronomy for Beginners with Richard Young. Our meetings are held at 7.30pm in the WI Hall and all ladies from the village and district will be made very welcome. Just turn up at the WI Hall if you would like to join in. Information is always available from Hilary (01440 821713) or Veronica (01440 820791) for all our activities.



W.I. Christmas Fayre

W.I. Xmas Fair
Saturday 18th November 2017

From 2pm at the W.I. Hall. Get your Xmas gifts, Hamper Raffle, Home Baking Stall. Refreshments will be available. Free admission and all are very welcome.



Falls Prevention Exercise
Every Tuesday

Seated and standing strength and balance exercises to maintain and prolong independence. This new class aims to increase mobility, flexibility, muscle strength and improve balance, with the opportunity after for refreshment and a chance to socialise with other members of the class.  10.30am to 11.20am at Wickhambrook Pavillion.  Pay as you go, £4.00 a class.  See poster for more information



HELP FIND RUDY

Help find Rudy

Rudy is a 12 year old german shepherd mix that went missing from Braintree back in February. He was spotted in the Wickhambrook and it would really help to make people aware of him and hopefully reunite him with his family?

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Right Driver

for more details visit www.rightdriver.co.uk

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About our Firestation

FirefightersWhat is a Retained Firefighter?
Retained firefighters are members of the local community, who have been trained as firefighters, but have full time jobs; they could be builders, decorators, vehicle technicians, ambulance paramedics, prison officers, farm workers, carpenters, office workers, factory workers etc and live and work within a short distance of the fire station. In a nutshell, subject to being physically fit anyone can be a Retained Firefighter

Do we get paid?
Retained firefighters get a monthly salary which is the retainer fee, we get paid for the weekly training sessions and also for the calls that we attend.

Part Time?
Retained firefighters are sometimes referred to as 'part time', but they are in fact 'on call' 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. We do not exist to back up full time firefighters; we are the front line professional firefighters, responding to any incident in our area, saving lives, property and protecting the environment.

How do we get called out?
We carry personal pagers which alert us to a call, When a 999 call is received, fire control at Ipswich Fire HQ operates our pagers, and we drop what we are doing to respond to the fire station. Once we are alerted the Fire Appliance is on the road and making its way to the incident within 5-6 minutes of the 999 call.

What we do
The Fire and Rescue Service gets called to a number of emergencies and these include, Fires in properties, farms and business premises, Fires in vehicles and farming equipment, Chimney fires, Road Traffic Accidents, persons trapped in machinery, calls resulting from adverse weather conditions, Chemical Spillages, Humanitarian assistance and Liaising with other emergency services.

Training and Fitness
We attend a 2 hour training session each week, sometimes this extends to 3 hours and are normally called upon 5 times a week for emergency calls. You need to be physically fit, and have good eyesight in both eyes. There is a huge shortage of retained firefighters nation-wide. Have you ever considered a career as a retained firefighter? We have vacancies at the station for people who can provide cover mon-fri during the day.

For information on recruitment visit the Suffolk Fire and Rescue website.

Honour for Wickhambrook Resident

Wickhambrook resident John Barton, General Secretary, Retained Firefighters Union has been awarded an OBE for services to Fire and Rescue in the recent Queen's birthday honours.

RFU President Tony Morgan said:

"Each year we see fitting recognition for those who have made an extraordinary contribution to public service through the FRS. Be it operationally or in other equally vital service departments and I offer my congratulations to all the recipients of awards.

This year in particular I am also pleased that RFU General Secretary John Barton has been appointed an OBE in the list. John has in total 40 years of service behind him, 30 years as an operational firefighter and Officer in Charge and almost 15 years as a full time official, 5 years whilst still operational. This award is well deserved"

General Secretary John Barton said:

"To have received such an award came as a total surprise but one which I shall always be extremely proud of. In accepting it, I do so as a tribute to my former colleagues at Wickhambrook Fire Station, whose enthusiasm, dedication and professionalism could never be challenged, to close colleagues Tristan, Jenny, Christine and Fran at Head Office and RFU Officials throughout the country who work silently on behalf of members on a daily basis."

The History of Wickhambrook Firestation

It could be said that Wickhambrook owes its fire Service to Adolph Hitler! As before 1939 there was no fire fighting unit in the village. The Officer responsible for the organisation at that time was Don Thompson, Captain of R.D.C. Fire Brigade and under his direction an Auxiliary Fire Service Unit was formed, based at Clopton Hall comprising mainly of personnel employed by Justin Brooke Ltd. This unit served through the war years and progressed to the National Fire Service and from converted milk van to NFS personnel tender and trailer pump. On the 1st April 1948 it passed to the control of the Suffolk and Ipswich fire Authority, and became a retained station in B Division with Headquarters at Bury St Edmunds.

Modernisation was gradual and in the 1950’s the station was supplied with its first water tender, a Dodge with front mounted pump carrying 400 gallons of water for initial use at incidents. An appliance bay had been constructed in a farm building, and a nearby small office equipped as a watch-room. Call out was still by telephone, call bells installed in members homes, a day siren operated from Headquarters was the next improvement, also a running call facility which meant the Brigade could be alerted by a member of the public. These measures however were still very much of the ad hoc nature, and much more ambitious plans were being prepared. A plot of land nearby at Clopton Hall was acquired and in 1966/67 building of a new modern fire station began, completed in 1967.

The new station and all the then latest improvements: an appliance room, kitchen and utility room, a drill yard and a tubular steel drill tower. At last Wickhambrook had a new and well equipped station and a modern fire engine. The new station was officially opened on 1st July 1967 by Mrs Edith Brooke of Clopton Hall who recalled that in the early days of the 1939/45 war she had been the telephone girl. The ceremony was attended by various dignitaries, including the Vice Chairman of the Suffolk and Ipswich Fire Authority and the Chief Fire Officer who presented Mrs Brooke with a plaque bearing the badge and Coat of Arms of the Fire Service. The station was open for the rest of the day for viewing by the general public. The combination of a modern station and up-dated appliance was a great boost to the personnel and as radio and two sets of breathing apparatus had been installed, the capabilities of the station had been much enhanced. The upgrading however was not finished, if in the Fire Service it ever is. In 1973/74 the system of calling by siren and call bells was phased out. In its place the Multitone system was installed, relying on radio and personal pocket alerter. As time went on this was improved, by now the station has the Phillips PAX system so that the first fireman to arrive answering a call has a printout from the watch room printer giving the type of emergency, location, map reference and any other relevant details. The station now has a modern fire appliance, fully equipped to deal with all kinds of incidents, fires, road accidents, rescue, both human and animal, first aid, with portable resuscitation sets, and many other essential tools.

All this is operated and maintained by a small band of retained fire fighters who leave their homes or places of employment to answer the call day or night, besides the obligatory two hours drill and training per week. Wickhambrook is certainly fortunate to have this kind of service in the village.

Plucking two incidents out of hundreds attended in its history we find the disastrous floods of September 1968, 3.5 inches of rain in 24 hours and the fire appliance engaged for 26 hours, and more recently the disastrous fire at Badmondisfield in 1995, when so much of the historic mansion was saved by the efforts of fire fighters over two days.

An outstanding feature in the history of the station is the fact that the late Sidney Bishop was officer in charge of the Station from its inception until his retirement in 1970, a remarkable record!

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