5. St Edmund
At the end of the year concerns were highlighted regarding the reliability of the main engines aboard the St Edmund which were now 20 years old, and were smoking heavily in use which had raised health concerns for crews working on deck when engines in operation. It was decided to present to the Board in January 2012 a report regarding all craft but with emphasis on the St Edmund.
Staff undertook an approved electrical Portable Appliance Testing course and the Board purchased its own PAT equipment to enable us to carryout our own PAT and also confirm electrical safety of plant more readily.
Staff undertook a NVQ course in the safe operation of our hydraulic crane aboard the St Edmund.
All staff undertook refresher training in First Aid and additional equipment provided aboard each craft as a result.
The Norfolk Fire & Rescue service undertook a number of trials throughout the year with a variety of rigid and inflatable craft on the River to explore the capability of providing a specific water rescue capability at King's Lynn. Craft from Norwich and the Broads were used, and following on from these successful trials dedicated water rescue facilities will be available in due course at King's Lynn to be based at the proposed new Horsley Field Fire Station.