Date: Tuesday 03 March 2015
As well as helping Norfolk home-hunters we have also been assisting local fire crews in training for the challenge of a high-rise emergency incident.
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service used one of the buildings at our NR1 development in Norwich for three rescue training sessions, in which fire crews practised dealing with a simulated major fire in a fifth-floor apartment.
Richard Dromey, Central District Group Manager for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, says: “We’d like to thank Taylor Wimpey for letting us use their premises and giving us a chance to practise our procedures in dealing with a high-rise incident.
“We are always looking for venues where we can train as it’s very difficult to practise on finished premises because of the damage water can cause. Using an unfinished apartment block at NR1 was ideal.”
The crews used the apartment building’s dry riser (a vertical pipe which can distribute water to multiple levels of a building as part of its fire safety system) and went into the apartment from the landing to rescue dummies which had been placed in various rooms.
“The principle is the same whether we’re dealing with an incident that’s five floors or 20 floors up,” explains Richard. “We charge the dry riser from our fire appliance and then connect our hoses to the outlet on the floor the fire is on before going into the property to extinguish the fire.
“I cannot emphasise enough how important it is for us to make our training as realistic as possible to promote team work and familiarise ourselves with the equipment, so these sessions were invaluable.”
Caroline Carter, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey East Anglia, says: “As a responsible local housebuilder committed to supporting the communities in which we build our new homes, we were only too pleased to give Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service the opportunity of using NR1 for their rescue training.
“We’re delighted it was so helpful for them, and it also gave our site staff an added insight into the importance of fire safety systems in buildings by seeing them in action.”
There is currently a selection of one, two and three-bedroom properties available at NR1.