£1.5m plan to replace 18 Norfolk Fire and Rescue service training towers
Eighteen training towers used by Norfolk Fire and Rescue are to be replaced at a cost of £1.5million.
Some of the towers - which are more than 50 years old - have already been taken out of use after corrosion was found during routine inspections. Others have been given a short shelf life.
Norfolk County Council has approved a three-year capital investment of £1,551,000 to replace towers including those at Swaffham, Sandringham and Heacham.
Norfolk Fire and Rescue service said: “The existing training towers date back to the 1960s and are reaching the end of the serviceable life so replacements are needed. Corrosion was noted during routine annual inspections which led to some towers being condemned, while others were given a limited six-month ‘safe to climb’ certificate.
“As such, these towers need replacing to ensure the safety and competence of our workforce, a key priority of our annual service plan.
“The addition of these drill towers will allow crews to be trained in aspects which we cannot currently facilitate locally. This will save money in officer time and travel to appropriate training venues.
“Working at height training is vitally important to ensure that fire crews are able to carry out tasks at height and to ensure compliance with regulations.”