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Downham Market Fire Station boosted by £500 donation

Retained Firefighters from Downham Market hold a charity carwash with members of 1018 Downham Market Sqn ATC at Chris Brown Autorepairs on Sovereign Way. Chris and Wendy Brown (left) and Watch Manager Kim Scotney (front second left) with the group. ANL-140316-194426001

Retained Firefighters from Downham Market hold a charity carwash with members of 1018 Downham Market Sqn ATC at Chris Brown Autorepairs on Sovereign Way. Chris and Wendy Brown (left) and Watch Manager Kim Scotney (front second left) with the group. ANL-140316-194426001

Downham firefighters can buy a piece of life saving equipment thanks to a generous group after their funds were destroyed in last week’s devastating blaze.

The town’s fire station is now just a charred shell after explosions and flames ripped through the Ryston Close building on Tuesday, March 11.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue is deciding whether to demolish the site while an investigation continues into the causes.

The fire engine and much of the equipment was destroyed, including £100 of donations the town’s crew had been collecting to buy an impact driver to help release car accident casualties faster.

But Downham Round Table has come to the rescue by donating £500.

Watch manager Kim Scotney has thanked the group.

He said: “This will definitely save lives as it will make our job easier. There are times we need to remove seats and if we are using a screw driver it takes longer. The quicker we can get them out the quicker we can get them to hospital.

“As we go to a considerable number of road traffic collisions we thought this would be a handy thing to have.

“I would really like to thank the Round Table for their help.”

The crew, which has a new engine and are now based in the neighbouring police station, has also received donations of a microwave, kettle, toaster and a food parcels from Tesco.

Mr Scotney has also thanked the supermarket and Denver Church for its food parcels.

Mr Scotney said: “I would like to thank everyone who has helped us.”

The crew has also begun to salvage items from the ruins, including their long service board, which dates back to the 1950s.

Downham’s firefighters and youngsters from the Air Cadets were able to raise £520 with a car wash. Mr Scotney estimates more than 60 cars were scrubbed to raise money for the Firefighters Charity at the Chris Brown Automotive Centre in Sovereign Way.

Mr Scotney said: “It was non-stop all day. We are grateful to everyone for their help.”

 

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