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West Norfolk holds reception for those involved in the response to the Summer’s wild fires

Mayor Lesley Bambridge with Fire Service at Thank you event

Published: Tuesday, 18th October 2022

A large reception was held at King’s Lynn Town Hall on Friday night to thank those involved in the response to the serious wildfires that occurred in the extreme heat during the summer.

The Mayor hosted the event which had representatives of all the blue light services, local parish councils, council staff, local businesses and members of the public who had come together to deal with the fires and their aftermath.

Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Cllr Lesley Bambridge, said:

“These Officers from our Fire service, blue light services, businesses, residents, local parish council and our borough council went above and beyond their already high standards on our behalf. The Fires Service in particular worked for many hours in the most extreme heat and dangerous conditions to limit the damage and protect life, with many crews coming from long-distances away to help. I think I speak for everyone locally when I say a huge heartfelt ‘thank you’.”

Ceri Sumner, Director of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said:

“The events of this summer saw incredible demands placed upon our firefighters, and it is a real testament to their skill and professionalism that they met the challenge head on. In unprecedented conditions, our crews attended 280 fires in just one day, protecting lives and property across Norfolk.

“I’d like to thank the Mayor and people of King’s Lynn for recognising and marking the hard work of our firefighters: it means a lot to them to know their work is appreciated by the communities they keep safe. I’m immensely proud of our Fire and Recuse service, and the lengths our firefighters and wider support teams go to in order to keep Norfolk safe, not just during major incidents but in response to calls they receive every day.”

Cllr Stuart Dark, MBE, Leader of the borough council, who requested the civic reception to be held added:

“Having worked in a blue light service for 30 years, I know how serious incidents like these place the most extreme demands on individuals, teams and the families and loved ones behind them.
I am glad that we were able to get everyone together and publicly thank them on behalf of West-Norfolk for a job very well-done.”

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