Comments, Replies and Corespondence

I’ve created this page to centralise the comments and replies to make correspondence with you easier. Feel free to post a comment, I’ll cut and paste it onto this page with any reply.

 

Mark Hannah
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
84.93.79.106

Good Evening too you all at Yelverton, As usual your
blog makes very interesting reading with the usual variety of shouts coming your way.
I’ve noticed that you haven’t included your training nights, is that because once a retained fireman is out of “probation period” the drill nights are very repetitive?
Could I also ask why the command appliance from Totnes attended an incident at Glastonbury in Somerset? Do they not have such an appliance in Somerset or a closer one in Devon, bearing in mind that it also takes a pump with.
Take care and keep up the good work.
Thank you Mark

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
80.195.117.166

In reply to Mark Hannah.Hi Mark

sorry I haven’t got back to you earlier I’ve been a bit pressed for time. I’ve stopped temporarily recording drill nights for two reasons, firstly I’ve been rushed off my feet and struggling to keep up with calls and secondly they do become a bit repetitive. I hope to record the drills where we get out and do something from now.
The command vehicle going to Glastonbury is a question I’m not sure on. Normal brigade rules would mean the nearest specialist appliance that is available would go so all I can presume is the command vehicles that were closer were already committed to other calls.
Hope that helps and again sorry it took so long to reply

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
2.122.71.218

Merry Christmas and a Safe, Peaceful and Happy New Year to you all at Yelverton Fire station.
Mark

Steph stokes
sdstokes60@yahoo.com
2.31.90.36

Great work you guys keep up the excellent service you do ,where would we be without you all,happy new year to you I wish you luck for 2016

 

 

bret johnson
nax
brett.johnson@blueyonder.co.uk
82.43.255.187

so sorry to hear of peters passing – i knew and worked with him for many years – please pass on my condolences to the family -( former sub/o brett johnson – stn 56 princetown 1979-2001 )

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
90.196.223.181

Hi Fred and all at Yelverton you really seemed to have had a good variety of shouts of late, as usual your blog makes very . Interesting reading could I please ask a couple of Questions 1) is your training specific to the location of your station I/e backing up the Plymouth stations, the main Tavistock road, Burrator reservoir, or is your training standard at all stations.
2) Can the ALP only operate with multi purpose appliance, as I’ve noticed you’ve been a support pump to the ALP several times recently

Many thanks
Keep up the good work
Take care
Mark

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
80.195.117.166

Hi Mark

Sorry its taken so long to get back to you. Thanks for the questions, the answers are as follows
1. Our training is partially site specific. We don’t teach maritime fire fighting to stations that will never be called to a maritime incident for example. We are maritime trained at Yelverton as we go to stand by at stations in Plymouth tha do have a maritime risk. In fact we cover most things except perhaps airports for the same reason, stand by at Plymouth.
2. The ALP needs a dedicated pump to supply water at pressure that can be any pumping appliance.

Hope that helps

Thanks
Fred

Paul lucas
plymouthradiators@googlemail.com
86.132.153.104

I would just like to say a big thank you to all of the fire crews involved in my workshop fire ,also to family ,friends and everyone in Holly court for helping me at this devastating time .We are now open as usual after being relocated temporarily at Willow court by Plymouth city council who have been excellent
Paul Lucas (owner) Plymouth Radiators.

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
94.0.135.191

Hi Fred and all at Yelverton
You seemed to have had a busy couple of months, with a good variety of shouts.
Has the reduction in full time crews in Plymouth meant more work for yourselves and my local station (Ivybridge) ?
As usual I find your blog very interesting, we really do rely on the hard work and commitment of retained fire fighters in our beautiful county, so a big THANK YOU for always being there when needed.
Could I please ask a couple of questions, can the ALP only operate with a multi purpose appliance? and would that be to pump water to it?
Also in the picture at Cadover is that an attack jet or a safety jet and what is the difference?
Thank you and take care
Mark

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
80.195.117.166

Hi Mark
Thanks for the comment.
The jet at Cadover was a Hugh’s Nobel branch. We usually use that type of branch with a monitor. A monitor is basically a holder for a branch which means it can be operated unmanned. Its useful at thatch fires and Barn fires where we maintain a water flow over a long period. An attack jet and a safety jet are one and the same. The safety jet is so called because when we deploy into a burning building with a hosereel jet we have an attack jet outside as a safety precaution for use in the event something goes wrong inside and the crews need rescueing. At larger fires we may use an attack jet rather than a hosereel jet but we would still have a safety jet outside just in case.

Hope that helps.

Thanks
Fred

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
90.197.133.139

Hi Fred and all at Yelverton Fire station
It looks like it;s been a busy couple of weeks for you all at station 58 with a good variety of shouts.
At the flat fire your pump was to service the ALP does this mean you pumped water to it? And would it therefore be correct to say that the ALP cannot operate without a multi purpose appliance?
Thank you, keep up the good work
Yours Sincerely
Mark

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
80.195.117.166

Hi Mark

Sorry its taken so long to reply.
Yes your right the ALP needs a dedicated appliance to provide two deliveries of water. We have been very busy but its quietened down in the last few weeks which is good for local residents.

Thanks
Fred

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
90.212.155.99

Hi Fred and all at Yelverton
God that was a long day 0510 until 1600 well done to you all, I should think you all had a lay-in the next day.
Is that a record for a stand by at a full time station?
I noticed there was a hose from the back of the appliance and then back into the pump, what is this for?
Thank you and keep up the good work.
Take care Mark

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
80.195.117.166

Hi Mark,
The car wash was voluntary so technically not part of the stand by. We have been on stand by longer, it depends on the crew, if everyones happy to stay we stay.
The hose at the back of the pump is put in the let water circulate through the pump and back into the tank to stop the pump overheating.

We received the following at Station by Email from the couple  at the Buckland Monochorum Chimney Fire on the 19th of March. Always nice to be appreciated.

I hope this e-mail reaches you at the Yelverton Fire Station. My wife and I would like to thank the fire crew for their work, reassurance and sensitivity last night when we called for assistance. Everyone made an effort to keep any mess to a minimum and we both appreciated the efoorts you all made to clean up behind you; a brilliant service much appreciated. I am afraid my pictures are not very good, but do use them if you wish.

 

Best Wishes,

 

We received the letter below in the post so I’ve scanned it in. Its always nice to feel appreciated, the letter refers to the RTC at Princetown earlier in the year and is to both Tavistock and Yelverton crews.

letter 1 046

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

letter 2047

 

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
90.197.134.55

Hi Fred and all at stn 58
Looks like a busy start to the year for you.
Are you the only retained station trained for maritime fire fighting? and are all full time fire fighters trained in maritime f/Fighting?
Why do we not see the army standing in (as has been the case in the past) when the union calls strike action?
Take care and keep up the good work.
Mark

 

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
212.24.85.45
yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
212.24.85.45

Hi Mark

Thanks for the comment, sorry its taken so long to reply. We are one of the few maritime stations, all the Plymouth wholetime and retained are maritime trained because of the dockyard. As you have probably seen on the blog we regularly go into the dockyard for HM ship exercises to keep our skill levels up. Reference the army, I think it is a government decision not a local one that prevents their use.

Hope that helps
Thanks again

fred

 

 

 

 

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
90.212.155.15

Thanks for answering my question, looks like a busy start to the new year for you at Yelverton, and as usual your blog makes very interesting reading. We can see how much we rely on the hard work and dedication of retained fire fighters.
Thank you and keep safe
Markhannah

 

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
90.218.77.93

Happy New Year to you all at Yelverton Fire s Station.
Could you tell me is covering jet a hose laid out in case it is needed and would that be a 45mm and branch? As I have noticed on the news page of DSFR web site it sometimes says 2 or 3 hose reels but no main jets why would this be?
Thank you and take care
Mark

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
80.195.117.172

Hi Mark

Thanks for the question and a happy New Year to you too.

A covering jet has now been renamed a safety jet. We found we were using the term covering jet to cover two uses of a hose, one as a safety jet at an incident where a hose reel was used in a typically domestic fire a “safety jet” is laid out in anticipation of something occuring inside the property to be used to attack the ifre to rescue BA wearers and secondly as a “covering jet” at an incident like a barn fire where a main jet is used either by fire fighters or a static monitor to cool a part of a building or something that may encourage the fire to spread like a fuel tank at a barn fire. A safety jet is normally 45mm with at least two lengths laid out.
Fire fighters tend to use hose reels to fight fires because they are easy to handle and quick to deploy. At those incidents where 2-3 hose reels are in use there will be safety jets out ready for an emergency they’re just not reported on the web site.

Hope that helps

Thanks
Fred

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
90.197.135.26

Dear Fred
I would like to wish you all at Yelverton a very Merry Christmas and a Safe, Peaceful, Prosperous and Happy New Year.
Could I ask how the Urban s&r appliances are crewed? I/e fulltime or retained like yourselves.
Thank you
Mark

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
80.195.117.172

Hi Mark

Thanks for the Christmas wishes much appreciated thank you. Reference the Urban Rescue appliances they are manned full time with at least 4 crew on station at any one time and in the event of a call they have a call back to work system similar to the retained.
Hope that helps.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thanks
Fred

Hi to you all at Yelverton
Could I ask please, with the changes in cover in Plymouth has the areas covered by full time stations changed? The reason I ask is I have noticed that Greenbank is now attending incidents at Marsh mills and also seems to be second pump to Plympton.
Also are retained stations such as yours taking part in the strikes recently announced? Which by the I support, as I think it is unrealistic to expect a 58 year old to run a 40′ ladder in BA.
As usual Thank you for your time and keep safe.
Mark

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
80.195.117.172

Hi Mark Thanks for the comment. The reason the appliances attending incidents has changed recently is for two reasons. Firstly, the service has a new mobilising system that sends the nearest pump to the incident so for example if Crownhill were at an address in Yelverton doing a risk visit and were available to take calls they would go to any incident they could get to quicker than Yelverton. This first reason is linked to the second, when calculating turn out times to an address the new system takes into consideration the time it takes a retained appliance to get crew to station which means in the case of Plympton, the system considers Greenank will attend an incident at Marsh Mills before the retained crew at Plympton.
The question about the strike is difficult to answer. The FBU are striking and not all retained stations are in the FBU so anyone stiking who was not in the FBU would be subject to disciplinary procedures. That said, crews give so many hours a week so many of the crew have not been available during the strike period. We have not acted as a station in this, each man has made his own decision on how he will cover during the strike. We have good relations with the wholetime Fire Fighters in Plymouth and wouldn’t want to compromise that. We have an undertaking from the service we will not be sent into the city for stand by duties during the strike but may get sent directly to a call if there are no other appliances available.
Hope that answers all your questions
Thanks again
Fred

Helen Keenlyside
helen-keenlyside@hotmail.co.uk
86.186.93.45

Many thanks to you all for helping us with this poor creature. I hope it was a happy outcome! Helen

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
80.195.117.172

Hi Helen.

Thanks for the comment, as far as we know the sheep was all ok.

Thanks
Fred

 

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
90.197.135.26

Hi to you all at Yelverton As usual your blog makes very interesting reading, You have been very busy this past couple of weeks I have a question for you whilst on stand by @ stn 50 you attended the ” cat incident” you suggested the T/l attend the next day if necessary. But could this be used on soft ground? I/e grass.
Also what is the procedure at retained stations when the pagers go off, would it be first 5 to arrive ride the pump?

Many thanks and keep up the good work
Mark

 

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
80.195.117.172

Hi Mark, Thanks for the comment. The T/L can be deployed from grass dependant on how firm it is. I’m not sure if tthe T/L was called for the next day, my experience of cats up trees would lead me to suspect it had self rescued by the morning. Reference the manning question, the first five ride assuming you have an OIC and driver. Its a little more complicated because we have FF’s with OIC qualifications but they can only go out in charge if no substantive junior officer is on call and if we have a new recruit on board we can ride with six.

Hope that helps

Thanks again
Fred

Thomas Helley
helleyt@hotmail.co.uk
82.44.199.48

Amazing picture one of my favourites on this site, would love to become a firefighter always been a childhood dream!! Family/ parents friends at Camels Head red watch always visited big inspiration. Just don’t live 5 minutes from a retained station in Devon unfortunately shame as I’m 19 and feel a great age for it aswell as other prospects. Great work on your blog fantastic details

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
80.195.117.172

Hi Thomas

Thanks for the comment its always good to get positive feedback

Thanks again

Fred

ollie
oliver8@gmail.com
86.178.76.78

1) Are the set criteria for being sent to standby, with a short standby it seems you probably only just arrived at Camels Head before returning home? that assuming you were headed there under normal traffic conditions?

2) How many appliances does plymouth usually commit before a standby from you are called in?

Select comment yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
80.195.117.172

Hi Olie

Thanks for the questions

When we go into stand by we sometimes dont even make it as far a Roborough roundabout! We are moved to stand by when the level of appliances available in Plymouth falls below two as stated previously, sometimes an appliance will become availablke shortly after we are mobilized and we will be returned home station. We often hear control asking appliances to put in early informative messages so they know what availability appliances at that call have. At something like the Holiday Inn, we were sent to stand by but mobilized to the Hotel part way in, at other times there is no big shout just several small jobs that have all come in at the same time. These are the times we are sent home before we get there. At the end of the day its better to be safe than sorry so if we are at least heading into the city when they are short if another call comes in at least we are already moving in the right direction.

Hope that helps.

Thanks
Fred

Ollier@gmail.com
86.149.62.114

Hi

A few questions

1 does a standby involve blue lights?? If not from experience unless I’m mistaken not much sooner you arrived at crown hill you would of been making your way back to yeleverton

2 is there any criteria that has to be matched before a standby is sent out?

Cheers

Select comment yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
80.195.117.172

Hi Olie

Thanks for the questions and sorry for taking so long to get back to you.
So. in answer to your questions. We don’t go to stand by on blue light unless control request we do, that next to never happens. The criteria required for us to go stand by revolves around the Plymouth stations. The minimum cover in Plymouth is, One of either Plymstock or Plympton available at station and one pump available at greenbank, Crownhill or Camels Head. If the cover goes below this then a sytand by pump is sent to Plymouth.

Hope that helps.

Thanks

Fred

John Sowden
j.sowden289@btinternet.com
109.152.85.118

Thanks Fred and crew, another good evening enjoyed by everyone.Nice to meet some of the crew and to reminisce with the old boys.
thanks again
John Sowden

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
54.195.6.167

Hi Fred and Crew at Yelverton
As usual your blog makes interesting reading,but could you tell me if DSFRS is still looking into LRPs and when Plympton and Plymstock become retained would they have that type of appliance? Also do you always need two pumps to commit crews in BA so that you have rescue crews should the first BA team get into difficulties? The reason I ask this is two years a go when DSFRS first advertised the idea of LRPs the would only carry 3BAs
As usual Thank you for your time And keep up the good work
Mark

 

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
80.195.117.171

Hi Mark
Good questions as usual. I’ll do my best so here goes.
DSFRS are looking at LRP’s however the model has changed a bit and is larger than the original design. I belive the new LRP’s will have three BA sets as the crewing is 5. One OIC, one Driver and three crew. We have already gone to 5 crewing so no real change there. We can committ BA with one pump with a crew of four in exceptional circumstances namely
1. to save a saveable life without searching a whole property
or
2. To prevent rapid fire escalation.
Both these processes fall under whats called rapid deployment that clearly have rules and protocols to limit action until the cavalry arrives.
An appliance with a crew of five can deploy BA with only the normal protocols, a confirmed house fire would attract a two pump turn out or in the event the first pump arrived and found a fire they would make pumps so back up is always en route.
Hope that answers your questions, if you need any further clarification please feel free to ask.

Thanks
Fred

 

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
80.195.117.171

Hi Jo
We do visit schools, it depends what you want. We have a schools education programme that the whole time stations in Plymouth deliver at all the local schools in our area and the crew at Yelverton attend schools for “What we do” type events. Assuming its the latter, what school would you like us to attend and what day. We try and attend in the afternoons, it means we can spray water and its not too much of an issue if the kids get a bit damp!! Drop me a line and I’ll sort something out.

Jo
topkitty@btinternet.com
130.43.159.154

Hi, I am working in the reception class of a local school and we are going to be looking at real heroes. I was wondering if you did any school visits so the children can see the engine and uniform etc. Kind regards.

Val Bolitho
val@steps39.com

 

212.69.61.36

Thanks for the note about asking whish way to enter the village. I will put this in the next newsletter. I was told by some villagers that the problem was caused by people using stones to protect their properties from damamge by passing traffic. I assume that this is not the case.

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
212.24.85.45
yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
212.24.85.45

Hi Val
Thanks for the message. The problem is the road is too narrow. We can barely get along the bottom road and cannot pass between the final two cottages before the pub! The good news is we have a 4X4 that we can use, its still important you tell us which way into the village to come but not quite as vital as it was. In the event of a house fire persons reported we need to know which way to approach the property but rest assured we will make best speed and send the 4X4 ahead.

Hope that helps

Fred

 

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
176.26.213.53

Good Evening Fred
Congratulations on the fantastic amount raised at your charity car wash.
I have noticed on the Dsfrs web site it has said two appliances from Crownhill at several incidents is this too say that the proposed cuts are starting to be implemented? As I’m sure there was only one pump at Crownhill and two at Camels head.

Does this also mean that it will only be a matter of months before LRP’s are placed ( with retained crews ) at Plympton and Plymstock? as usual thank you for you time and keep up the good work.

Kind regards

Mark

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
54.220.121.63

Good Evening Fred & all at Yelverton

Has the rank of watch manager replaced Station Officer and Crew Commander replaced the previous rank of Sub Officer? And what was the reason for the change?

Also do you still carry the ridged hose for pumping from lakes etc?

Thank you for your time in maintaining a most interesting blog.

All the best for 2014 be safe and take care

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
212.24.85.45

Hi Mark.
Thanks for the letter.
Sorry I’ve taken so long answering.
Watch Manager replaces Station Officer/Sub Officer, Crew Commander replaces Leading Firefighter. And yes we do still carry rigid hose, we refer to it as hard suction and it is used for drawing water from an open source such as a lake or a river.

Thanks
Fred

markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
176.254.232.132

I would like to wish you all at Yelverton Station a Merry Christmas and a Safe, Peaceful, Prosperous and Happy New Year.

I’d also like to say how much I enjoy reading about the activities at your station.

Whilst at the exercise in the Dockyard would another pump from Dartmouth or Totnes have been sent to cover the large area normally covered by Kingsbridge and Salcombe?

Also are the LRP’s still going to be introduced at certain stations across Devon?

Thank you
Mark

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
212.24.85.45
Submitted on 2013/12/08 at 6:10 pm | In reply to Mark.

Hi Mark

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too.

Reference the dockyard exercise yes, I think Plympton were stand by at Kingsbridge for the duration of the exercise.
Reference the LRP’s as far as I am aware they are still going to be introduced. I suspect this will be on a rolling program over a period of years as it would be expensive to change the fleet over night.

Hope that helps.

Thanks
Fred

ThxLetter

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
90.223.205.138

Hi
All at Yelverton
Would Kingsbridge now be you record for distance travelled to stand by at another station? being as it would have taken you about 1hr to get there I assume all the stations in the south hams must have been involved in a big job.

Could I also ask what is meant by a safety jet?
and how long before your new recruits are issued with pagers and allowed to ride the pump?

Thank you for you time,
keep up the good work and be safe.

Mark

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
212.24.85.45
Submitted on 2013/10/25 at 6:03 pm | In reply to Mark.

Hi Mark
I’m not sure if Kingsbridge is the furthest, we went to Hatherleigh I think about two years ago, I’m not sure which is furthest. I’m not sure what the reason for the stand by was although I think I heard something about a home Office exercise to test our resilience.
A safety jet is the term we now use for what we previously referred to as a covering jet. When attending a house fire we have a 45mm hose and branch charged with water outside the building incase the Breathing Apparatus wearers inside get in difficulty. The term was changed because we use the reference “covering jet” for other circumstances.
Our new recruits won’t get pagers until they have completed their course based training. Once they are given back to me to prepare for their stage reviews they can go on the run. I normally give them pagers a couple of weeks before hand to get used to them going off and managing to keep them about themselves before they go on the run. The first time they go off they normally have a bit of a flap until they get used to it.

Hope that helps.

Thanks
Fred

Robert Mansfield
rmansfield57@hotmail.co.uk
86.162.216.183

Hi again Fred
A young Cousin of mine bought a model fire engine from the Oxford Die Cast Models website and its a MAN Double Cab of DSFRS, and this particular model has the station name on the side as Bere Alston. It is very realistic even down to the number plate being exactly the same as the real thing having checked on the Vehicles section of the DSFRS website!!

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
212.24.85.45
Submitted on 2013/10/04 at 11:35 am | In reply to Robert Mansfield.

Hi Robert
Thanks for the comment. Yes the model was based on Bere Alstons appliance and ours is exactly the same and carries the same equipment.

Thanks again
Fred

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
62.25.109.196
Submitted on 2013/09/17 at 1:53 pm | In reply to Robert Mansfield.

Hi Robert

Thanks for the comment.
To keep the appliance on the run we need a minimum of four crew that must include a driver and an Officer in charge. The driver can’t ride as driver and officer in charge. Currently we have ten crew on the run, one crew member on restricted duties and two recruits mid process who we expect to get on the run around December / January time. Every station operates in a different manner when maintaining availability all of which involve a computer program called Gartan. Gartan allows each firefighter to record when they are available to ride days and weeks in advance. It defaults that the firefighter is available and each crew member signs off the run when they are unavailable using a text service or by logging on to Gartan. My job is to monitor when we are short of crew and try to arrange cover to close the gaps mostly through the good will of the crew. At Yelverton we only recruit people that can give an element of day cover Monday – Friday and some weekend cover as these are the difficult times to maintain availability. There are periods inevitably when we are off the run with insufficient crew that are unavoidable. Last month we were off the run for 23.5 hours with only ten crew, at present thats a good return. When we get the two recruits on the run and the fire fighter on restricted duties is sorted out are target will be to maintain full cover with no periods offf the run. Most of the crew at Yelverton are on 90 or 120 hour contracts but regularly cover far more than they are paid for to keep the pump on the run for which I am always grateful. Other stations run watch systems or vaiants of the way we do it, it comes down to what suits the station and there is no right or wrong way as long as the pump stays on the run. Some of the crew live and work in the area and are generally on 120 hour contracts, the remainder are predominantly shift workers on 90 hour contracts. The persons most inconvenienced are the fire fighters wives and families. When your wife has spent most of the afternoon cooking you a roast and you run out on a fire call as she puts it in front of you, you know your going to hear all about it when you get home!

Hope that answers your questions.

Thanks
Fred

Robert Mansfield
rmansfield57@hotmail.co.uk
86.148.135.222

Hi Fred
I always enjoy reading your blog despite the fact I live in South London but have relatives living in South Devon. I have always wondered how you go about rostering your guys so as to ensure that there is total cover 24 hours a day etc. Would I be right in thinking that some stations sometimes struggle to find men to man there particular stations appliance(s) during Monday-Friday daytime. I’m assuming that some of your men work in the Yelverton area, so they are available to man your appliance during the daytime and those that work out of the area, are on call during the weekend and night time.
Regards
Robert Mansfield

Letter

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
2.126.65.31

Hi Fred
As usual your blog makes interesting reading, after your DVD on the Shirley Towers I viewed it and it raised a few questions.

I noticed that at this incident both fulltime and retained fire fighters worked well together ( as I know you do in Plymouth ) but how does your training compare? with that of full time fire fighters.

Is the main ladder carried on your pump the same length as the ones carried on the old Leyland/Dennis pumps of the 80′s as looking at your photos the old
pumps seemed to have a longer bar across the base.

Are you the first retained pump to move into the city when required because there is less risk in Yelverton than there would be if Ivybridge was left without immediate fire cover.

Thank you very much for your time.
Take care
Mark

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
62.25.109.196
Submitted on 2013/08/24 at 6:08 pm | In reply to Mark.

Hi Mark

I will try to answer your questions as best I can.
Technically there is no difference between the training for whole time and retained Fire Fighters. The system requires Fire Fighters to attend courses until they have completed the initial training at which point they become Fire Fighters in development. In development they run a log book of the incidents and training they have received at a station level and, when ready, they attend a stage review which is pass or fail. There are three stage reviews, the first is primarily pumps and ladders, the second, amongst other things includes RTC procedures and the third is theory, they are questioned on everything they have covered so far plus questions on the ops procedures which could be on anything from animal rescues to Radiation incidents. The main difference between the whole time and the retained is the study time. The whole time get an opportunity to study at work, the retained have to study mostly in there own time. Locally we have a training officer based at Plympton who runs additional drill nights for Retained Fire Fighters in development that definately helps them pass their stage reviews.
The ladder we carry is a 135 ladder. That is 13.5 metre ladder that we have always carried. A lot depends on the risk in your area and there is a 105 or 10.5metre ladder that is routinely used throughout the brigade. The bar may be smaller on our ladder, as technology has moved forward different alloys that are stronger have been used in their construction.
We are not the first appliance into the city for stand by. A lot depends on what city appliances are out, if Camels Head, Crownhill and Greenbank are out then either Bere Alston or Yelverton will be sent stand by, sometimes both depending on how many city pumps are involved with the major incident. If Plympton, Plymstock and Greenbank are out then Ivybridge will most likely be sent stand by to Plympton. It isn’t an exact science and different watches at control may use different appliances for stand by, there is no hard and fast rule.

Hope that helps.

Fred

shaun minto
mintonufc@hotmail.com
86.173.21.47

hello yelverton I would just like to ask in regards to vehicle fires quite recently on my way to Plymouth I was caught up in traffic because of a van fire which was dealt with, however, on my return obviously on the opposite side of the dual carriageway I noticed the same van re-engulfed in flames.

therefore I am just wondering out of curiosity what may have caused it to reignite

many thanks

shaun minto
P.S. this is the incident details put on dsfire.gov.uk
http://www.dsfire.gov.uk/News/Newsdesk/IncidentDetail.cfm?IncidentID=25570&siteCategoryId=3&T1ID=26&T2ID=41

It does not mention anything about the van reigniting about 45 mins later so was just interested

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
212.24.85.45
Submitted on 2013/07/27 at 2:02 pm | In reply to shaun minto.

Hi Shaun

i spoke to the Ivybridge crew and it would appear the vehicle involved was a refridgerated vehicle. The attendance at the first fire were unaware the fire had spread into the insulation and after extinguishing the main fire put a stop message back. Sometime later, the fire broke out of the insulation and quickly developed into a full blown van fire again. When fire gets into the insulation its difficult to access and may only be a small area of fire and hence pass unnoticed. Once the fire breaks out into the open and gets air it will develop quickly and soon involve the whole vehicle again.
Hope that helps.

Thanks
Fred

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
90.223.205.138

HI To you all at Yelverton and thank you very much for a prompt and very informative reply.

I always assumed that at retained stations such as yours it was just a case of the first 5 to turn up to a shout would go, so thank you for explaining about your contracts and for taking the time to reply.

I did think Torquay would have survived the cuts, but I believe the service has wanted to reduce the F/time appliances in Plymouth for many years as it’s been felt that Plymouth is well catered for with 7 pumps.

(7 years ago this was 8 pumps and 2 A.L.P.s)

Thank you all for your time and commitment
Mark

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
90.223.205.138

Hi Fred
I noticed that you were sent to stand by at stn 49 again on 21st July, with the proposed cuts Plymouth is due too lose 3 full time crews, is it therefore likely that you are going to spend more time standing by at a Plymouth stations.

I also notice that you spend time training with stations 47, 48 & 49 will the cuts affect your ability to train with these crews?

I appreciate that you cannot comment on the cuts, but I believe that they will put an unreasonable demand upon the retained crews of Dsfrs most of whom I assume have full time jobs and that will lead to employers not releasing them and more pumps not available for turn out.

Is there any news of your station receiving an L.R.P.? and was the L.R.P. at sta 50 just a trial?

Keep up the good work.

Mark Hannah

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
212.24.85.45
Submitted on 2013/07/24 at 11:20 am | In reply to Mark.

Hi Mark

Oviously I can’t comment about the cuts but I’m happy to discuss how it will impact on this station.
Reference the stand by times in Plymouth under the new regime. At present there are 7 whole time pumps in Plymouth under the new regime there are 4 whole time pumps and three retained pumps. Unless we are called for stand by duties before the retained puymps in Plymouth I don’t see any great change in our stand by times. However, they may choose to mogilise Yelverton stand by to Crownhill after both Crownhill pumps (One whole time and one retained) have gone out before mobilising Plymstock but at present we can only speculate.
Reference the training with the whole time pumps in Plymouth. Currently I take the appliance to Camels Head roughly 3 or 4 timees a year for hot BA training in the ship and we get involved in a lot of exercises in the city. With only one pump at Camels Head it may become much more difficult to arrange as the four remaining whole time pumps will be called before the three retained, increasing the calls for those four and with only one pump at Camels Head their availabiblity to help out with the training may change. On an aside I would like to say how helpful and accomodating the crews at Camels Head are. They regularly put on hot BA drills in the ship for me and take time to make them interesting and educational for the Yelverton crew. The standard of hot BA wearing at Yelverton is high and I attribute that entirely to the regular hot wears the crew have at Camels Head.
Reference the new LRP’s. At present I am not aware of any imminent plans to change our current appliance to an LRP but that could change at any time. Inevitably we will have an LRP, the only variable factor is the time scale.
Reference increased demand on retained crews. At present most retained atations want more calls however there is always potential this may lead to a situation where the pump is so active it is at a cost to the crew in full emplyment. Manning of retained pumps is changing the terms and conditions are changing and how that will impact on stations I don’t know. Under the old system we had 120 and 90 hour contracts the new system had 84 and 63 hour contracts which means more firefighters for shorter periods making less demand on each infividual Firefighter. The problem arise when you introduce driver and OIC factors into the equation. For the present we are entering a period of uncertainty. Potentially there will be more financial cuts to the service and undoubtably the retained service will feature much more promenantly in those cuts than they have so far. The only possible defence for a station is to remain on the run as much as possible, keep indate on all essential competencies meet your response times and don’t damage the appliance. Whether that will make any difference, who knows. The cuts are coming and the service will have to dance to the Governments tune.
Hope that helps.

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
90.223.205.138

HI To you all at Yelverton and thank you very much for a prompt and very informative reply.

I always assumed that at retained stations such as yours it was just a case of the first 5 to turn up to a shout would go, so thank you for explaining about your contracts and for taking the time to reply.

I did think Torquay would have survived the cuts, but I believe the service has wanted to reduce the F/time appliances in Plymouth for many years as it’s been felt that Plymouth is well catered for with 7 pumps.

(7 years ago this was 8 pumps and 2 A.L.P.s)

Thank you all for your time and commitment
Mark

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
90.223.205.138

Hi Fred
I noticed that you were sent to stand by at stn 49 again on 21st July, with the proposed cuts Plymouth is due too lose 3 full time crews, is it therefore likely that you are going to spend more time standing by at a Plymouth stations.

I also notice that you spend time training with stations 47, 48 & 49 will the cuts affect your ability to train with these crews?

I appreciate that you cannot comment on the cuts, but I believe that they will put an unreasonable demand upon the retained crews of Dsfrs most of whom I assume have full time jobs and that will lead to employers not releasing them and more pumps not available for turn out.

Is there any news of your station receiving an L.R.P.? and was the L.R.P. at sta 50 just a trial?

Keep up the good work.

Mark Hannah

Colin Carter
colincarter100@gmail.com
92.40.252.243

You are going to wear that appliance out at this rate.

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
212.24.85.45
Submitted on 2013/07/19 at 1:09 pm | In reply to Colin Carter.

hi Colin
I suspect i’d be a rich man if we could have enough calls to wear it out but I’m game to have a go!

It has been busy and thats good for the station, it keeps everyones morale up.

Thanks
Fred

Colin Carter
colincarter100@gmail.com
91.224.27.231

Sounds like your new 4×4 is proving to be very useful.

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
212.24.85.45
Submitted on 2013/07/17 at 1:41 pm | In reply to Colin Carter.

Hi Colin
Thanks for the comment.

Yes, the 4X4 was very useful at Cann Woods. Not only did it carry the fire fighters to the job it carries a small water tank and CAFS with a lance to deliver it and about 45m of hose which really helped.
Thanks
Fred

Thomas Helley
helleyt@hotmail.co.uk
2.24.47.96

This new vehicle looks fantastic, looking forward to seeing this out and about, the future vehicles look so great, keep up the hard work always thinking about all your bravery thank you!

Hi Thomas

Thanks for the comment and yes your right the new vehicle does look great, just waiting for its first call.

Thanks
Fred

Colin Carter
colincarter100@gmail.com
2.29.23.108

Gents,

Great site, will be in your area on the 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th July attending a family event, wondered if it would be possible to visit the station and take some photo’s of your appliances. Look forward to hearing from you colincarter100@gmail.com

Hi Colin

Shouldn’t be a problem, give me a call on 07876610177 nearer the time so I can arrange to have someone at station to let you in.

petralsb
petralsb.wordpress.com

x
petra@fnord.tv
31.51.154.219

Just to say a big thank you to all the officers who attended The Garden House, Sunday evening. Luckily a false alarm, but really appreciated your help and efficiency in dealing with the incident. Thank you!
Petra & Jo
Horticulture Students.

Ken Andrewws
caseya@clear.net.nz
121.73.167.153

Hi Fred,

I have been trying to contact you or someone at Yelverton FS.

I have photos and would like to comment re names ie The two with bikes I would suggest are RG(George) Andrews and his brother W (Bill) Andrews!

Ex messenger Yelverton FS in byegone days!

Ken Andrews

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
90.201.29.49

Well a belated Happy New Year to you all at Yelverton station and what a start to 2013 it’s been 15 shouts and 3 in one day!! and only a month and a half in to the new year.

Well done and thanks from a Devon resident.

I would like to say how much I enjoy reading about the activities of a retained station and it’s no suprise that people say yourselves and Ivybridge are busier than Plympton and Plymstock, you can there-fore understand why these two might go to retained crewing in the future.

But would the proposed changes to fire cover in the Plymouth area make any differance to your station?

I also wonder how often control review which pumps should back up which areas, as a recent fire at Wotter was atteneded by Ivybridge, Plymstock and Camels Head.
Very strange as I would have thought that you could have been there 1st from Yelverton.

one last question are you in line for an L.R.P. or will you always have the standard fire appliance?

Thank you,Take care and all the best for a safe, peaceful and Happy 2013

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
212.24.85.45
Submitted on 2013/02/19 at 1:58 pm | In reply to Mark.

Hi Mark

Thanks for your Email and Happy New Year to you too. At present the proposed changes to Plymouth should have little to no effect on us. The Chief has changed the manning for three of the appliances stationed in Plymouth but they are still there. We do go stand by into Plymouth quite regularly and I expect that will continue but no necessarily increase. Things may change as I am sure there will be more cuts and no station will remain unaffected as those cuts are introduced.
Regarding the Wotter call, that was to the Moorland Hotel, I checked with control and we were the 7th pump on the predetermoned attendance. That is in the process of being changed and we will now be third appliance after Plympton (whose station ground its on) and Crownhill.
Regarding LRP’s, I think the plan is that eventually all appliances apart from those in the cities will be LRP’s. Obviously to change all the appliances in one go would cost a lot of money but as appliances come up for renewal they will be replaced with LRP’s and at some point that will include Yelverton.

Hope that helps.

Fred

Darren Biggs
darren.biggs@yahoo.co.uk
86.150.137.145

Stab fast is a great price of kit. Torquay came over to us (station 18 rds) and demonstrated it. Very stable and efficient. We had a car on its side in the drill yard and it was solid after stab fast was put in place.
Only down side is not enough sets in the service. You would have to stabilise the vehicle anyways whilst waiting for the stab fast to arrive to enable paramedics to work on casualty’s. but works well once at the incident.

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
212.24.85.45
Submitted on 2013/01/23 at 2:05 pm | In reply to Darren Biggs.

Hi Darren

Yes you’re right stab fast is great kit and I agree that waiting for it isn’t normally an option. I am fortunate that Crownhill carry it and most of my RTC’s are on the A386 at the big Rock bend so they back me up there anyway. We still train other options in case Crownhill are already out on a shout. Unfortunately in the current financial climate I don’t think the service will be purchasing any extra kits.

Nice to hear from you.

Thanks
Fred

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
90.201.29.49

Happy New Year to you all at Yelverton Fire Station.

Wow what a busy day 22nd December was 12 hours from 1st shout to closing home station, is that some kind of record!! and I don’t suppose you venture as far as Ivybridge too often!

As usual your Station news makes interseting reading, it shows how much the people of Devon rely on the good will of the families and employers of retained fire fighters, and we should all be grateful for your commitment and time.

If Plympton and Plymstock become retained as proposed will that affect you at Yelverton??

Keep up the good work.
All the best for 2013 and take care
Mark Hannah

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
212.24.85.45
Submitted on 2013/01/23 at 1:57 pm | In reply to Mark.

Hi Mark, Happy New Year to you too,
Yes the 22nd was really busy, unfortunately that was the day my leave started so I missed all the action. The chief has been careful and not got rid of any pumps or stations but he has made both Plymstock, Plympton and the second pump from Camels Head retained, the latter will be based at Crownhill as a second pump. This has had a massive impact on the wholetime Fire Fighters. It means that 96 wholetime posts will be lost in Plymouth, some of those posts are vacant or have been temporarily filled with short contract employees which will reduce the impact but there are still going to be a lot of Fire Fighters that will not be “riding” fire fighters. No one will be made redundant but it is still a massive change to the workforce. As for Yelverton the changes don’t impact on us particularly at the moment. Their are still seven appliances in Plymouth albeit three are now retained so we will not be going to stand by any more or less. The concern is the changes that have yet to be implimented. The changes that will be driven by further reductions to the government budget, how this will effect us I don’t know, but I think all stations retained or wholetime will feel the pinch sooner or later.

Thanks
Fred

Jeffrey Irving
jeffreyirving@me.com
80.42.220.107

We are the neighbours who called 999. The fire crews did a fantastic job here. What impressed us all was the effort and care they took with their breathing apparatus on to recover as many personal belongings as possible – picture frames, photographs, passports, mobile phones, computers and clothing. Recognition must also be given to the Red Cross volunteers who counselled and comforted the family, as well as providing emergency clothes and toiletries. It is so reassuring to know we have these amazing professionals on call 24 hours a day!

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
212.24.85.45
Submitted on 2012/12/15 at 3:57 pm | In reply to Jeffrey Irving.

Hi Jeff, Thanks for the comment and thanks for the photos. I haven’t seen them yet but I hope to add them to the gallery tonight.
W.M. Fred Glanville

Lynne French
lynne.french2@bbc.co.uk
90.215.43.155

I was one of the people you rescued…and you have my heartfelt gratitude and admiration. Lynne French, 2 Golden Square, Colebrook, Plymton.

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
212.24.85.45
Submitted on 2012/11/30 at 12:46 pm | In reply to Lynne French.

Hi lynne
Thanks for the message, hope everythings dried out.
W.M. Fred Glanville

 mark bradding
markbradding@gmail.com
109.157.111.203

cracking web site good luck lads.ex herts retained

davidmilburn3000@aol.com
86.179.128.0

ref, The car fire 17th oct Meavy, While driving to Meavy on the school run the warning light came on, the radio went off then all the warning lights came on, My wife pulled over to the side of the road in a clear area, As noise was coming from the engine compartment like a loud lawnmower engine, she turned the engine off, Copious amounts of white smoke came out from under the bonnet which is when she called out the Fire Brigade.
The Fire which was contained and isolated to the starter motor ( new four weeks ago) luckily snuffed its self out due to no nearby secondary fuel source which is why no fire was obvious on arrival of brigade,
The car was back running within 20 hours due to the prompt response of Crapstone Garage replacing the starter motor under guarantee.
Thank you to all who helped,
Also I would like to thank the Lady from Okehampton (sorry did not get your name) who stopped to help my wife before the Fire Brigade arrived.

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
94.3.230.162

Hi All at Yelverton
As usual your blog makes very interesting reading, your shouts and training is very varied at yelverton and your station is a fine example of how much we in Devon rely on the good will and commitment of retained firefighters.

Could I ask why you have to cover at stations in Plymouth instead of plympton ( which is a low demand station ) moving in to cover the city station, there has been talk of Plymton going to retained/daytime manning for a number of years and if there was then a call to Plympton Ivybridge/Plymstock could cover.

Thank you and take care

Mark

Hi Mark

Thanks for the comment.
Usually we go to stand by duties in Plymouth when the cover inCity is reduced due to a large incident or two or more smaller incidents occuring at the same time. Generally that involves Plympton crews at one of the incidents. If they are not at an incident they may cover a larger area from their home station while cover is short or move into the city if required. We are moved to stand by duties as a last resort because it costs to put a retained pump on stand by at a whole time station. In the current financial climate control will always move a whole time pump to stand by and exhaust all other solutions before calling a retained pump in. As for plympton changing to retained or anything else unfortunately I don’t know. The chief is expecting a reduction in our funding this year and I’ve no doubt he has contingency plans prepared dependant on the size of the cuts, but at present there are no plans for any changes to Plympton or anywhere else. Hope that answers your question.

Thanks

Fred

mintonufc@hotmail.com
2.102.122.201

hi there fred does your camera you use have film capability?
if so is there any chance when you are en route to any call out you could film a little? i am working on a student film which i will give full recognition to yourself.
i would not ask for anything of the incident as i understand some scenes can be quite distressing

thanks shaun

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
62.25.109.196
Submitted on 2012/10/10 at 4:43 pm | In reply to shaun minto.

Hi Shaun, sorry I’ve taken so long to get back to you. Unfortunately I don’t think we will be able to help out with the film. En Route I have to brief the crew as best I can and make sure the driver knows where we are going. Its very rare we have time to do anything else hence most photos are taken when the job is done.

Thanks
Fred

mintonufc@hotmail.com
2.102.123.181
Submitted on 2012/10/10 at 4:45 pm | In reply to yelvertonfirestation.

no worries thank you fred

i have infact applied for retained at my local station so im actually going to prepare for that and just see where things go for me

shaun

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
62.25.109.196
Submitted on 2012/10/12 at 10:35 am | In reply to shaun minto.

Hi Shaun
Good luck with your application.

Where have you applied for?

Thanks
Fred

Robert Mansfield
robertmansfield26@yahoo.co.uk
86.161.12.178

Hi Fred
Can you tell me why DSFR send two appliances to rescue persons trapped in a lift when the London Fire Brigade only send one?

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
62.25.109.196
Submitted on 2012/10/12 at 10:34 am | In reply to Robert Mansfield.

Hi Robert.
I’ve had a reply that part answers your question. DSFRS send two appliances for manning. The theory is:- four men to the machinery space (two to move the machinery, one to operate the brake and one junior officer to send radio messages to co-ordinate) The OIC plus one other remains at the nearest floor to where the lift is stuck and the driver remains with the appliance to send messages to Control, a total of 7 men. Standard crewing in DSFRS is 5 per appliance hence a lift incident requires two aplliances.
Why London only send one I couldn’t say.

Hope that helps

Fred

darren biggs
darren.biggs@yahoo.co.uk
86.143.30.225

Nice to see the local community pull together. The rds is based on people giving back to the community. Shame you had to deal with an on looker that quite clearley did not have an understanding of dignity.

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
212.24.85.45
Submitted on 2012/08/18 at 4:26 pm | In reply to darren biggs.

Thanks for the comment Darren. Unfortunately there will always be a minority that have absolutely no understanding of the word compassion or dignity. The majority of the general public are considerate of others but there’s always one or two around to let the side down.

Thanks
Fred

shaun minto
mintonufc@hotmail.com
86.163.173.242

hi Yelverton crew i have been following your blog for quite some time now and have found it fascinating, I myself am very keen to join the fire service but have been unsuccessful as of yet, however, saying that i have a final interview for the RAF Fire service and during my research i have not been able to find all the information i need so i was wondering if any member of your crew knows how the fire service used to operate under 3 watches rather than the current 4 many thanks

shaun minto

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
212.24.85.45
Submitted on 2012/08/14 at 11:42 am | In reply to shaun minto.

Hi Shaun

Sorry its taken so long to reply, I’ve been waiting for Mark Newton to come back of leave as he is the most likely to know the answer to your question. Apparently, when crews were on the three watch system they worked a 56 hour week. The four watch system was introduced (after some variations) to bring the working week down to 42 hours. Hope that helps.

Thanks
Fred

Hi Mark

Firstly, we don’t carry air bags, Crownhill do though and we did use them to rescue an elderly man that was trapped in a shop window at Yelverton by a car that had mounted the pavement.
Second, I think we are around eigth pump to Wotter, Plympton can get to Wotter before us depending on traffic, Crownhill and the other Plymouth pumps go before us not because they are any quicker or slower than us, they are just part of the automated turn out for that area. Every area or risk has a pre determined attendance that are mobilised when there is a call, the “PDA’s” a reviewed regularly but only changed wyhen there is a change to the risk or availablity of specific appliances.  We have in the past passed Crownhill on our way to stand by at their station as they proceed to a grass fire on Roborough Down! A lot can depend on the callers description of where the incident has happened and the availability of appliances.
Hope that helps

Thanks
Fred

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
94.3.230.162

HI Fred and crew at yelverton, you have a very interesting Station blog and I enjoy keeping up to date with your station news and shouts.

Could I ask, do you carry air bags for lifting vehicles involved in an R.T.A ?

Also when control receives a fire call do they consider the time it would take a retained crew to get to the station over the fact that a full time crew could be on the road in seconds.

The reason I ask is that recently there was a fire at a property in Wotter and the second and third pumps were sent from Crownhill and Greenbank, being as you cover Cadover bridge and Ivybridge cover Cornwood ( and in both cases it would be 1 straight road) I’d have thought you would have backed up the Plympton appliance.

Thank you and keep up the good work

Mark Hannah

Darren Biggs
darren.biggs@yahoo.co.uk
86.143.224.76

Really impresive pictures, you get some really good shouts at your station.

Cheers

Debbie Bricks
debbiebricks@aol.com
71.119.32.85

Wow men in uniform yum especially Alex Newton. Love from the US

 vicky d
vicky_dawson73@yahoo.co.uk
90.201.215.95

Hi guys,just like to say keep up the good work , you guys are doing a Fab job.

Vicky D,

Caroline Sweby
Caroline.sweby@hotmail.co.uk
77.100.104.69

Thank you to all of you who assisted us that day, my mum has finally left hospital today (1 June) with her wrist pinned. You were all a fantastic support and we were all grateful that you were there that day. Caroline Sweby x

shaun minto
mintonufc@hotmail.com
89.242.51.232

jesus christ why would some one even endanger life like that, do you know if it was pushed out in front of the ambulance on purpose or just coincidence that it was going by?

Hi Shaun

Thanks for the comment. It would seem whoever pushed the rock out into the road had no idea who he was endangering. As I said on the blog page, if it had been hit by a motorcyclist it could have killed the rider! Hopefully the perpertrator had no intention of harming anyone just a misguided act of hooliganism.

o
o@or.co.uk
134.225.183.111

Surely emergency service vehicles especially those on a blue light shout should have priority as an essential service when queuing for fuel. suppose it would have be carefull regulated to avoid abuse by crews but am sure garage staff especially if you have a regular one would be more than happy to let you “skip the queue” if you were on a emergency call or returning from one and needed to top up to remain operational???

Hi,

Thanks for the comment. It is standard operating procedure to keep all front line appliances full of fuel at all times. At Yelverton we rarely let the appliance go below 3/4  full. In the event of a fuel strike we would queue with everyone else unless things became critical and then emergency provisions would need to be made with local suppliers to ensure we were able to respond to blue light calls. I’ve been at Yelverton for twenty years and we haven’t needed to do that yet. More worrying is the retained fire fighters ability to respond to station. Most retained firefighters need their cars to respond to station for calls and a fuel strike of any length of time could make things very difficult and again we would need to make arrangements with local suppliers in the event it happens.

Hope that helps.

Thanks

Fred

Watch Manager Yelverton Fire Station

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
2.126.65.5

Hi I wonder if you would be good enough to answer my question, I notice that the appliance sent from Crownhill to the walkhampton chimney fire was a Turntable ladder is this now the only aerial appliance in Plymouth or do we still have a Hydraulic platform ( Snorkel ) ?
There used to be a T/l at Greenbank and a H/p at Camelshead but I believe that has changed, is that correct?

It’s good that your crew also make time to maintain the web site, You seem to be the only station that has one like this.

I have friends in the lifeboat and coastguard service and I now that you all put in a considerable amount of time, not just on shouts but in training hours too, so thank you, well done and keep up the good work.

Mark

Hi Mark

Sorry it’s taken so long to reply.

Mark Newton is a wholetime firefighter at Crownhill as well as a retained Crew Commander at Yelverton. His duties at Crownhill include Vema (Hydraulic platform)instructor. He has provided the following details of the two aerial appliances currently station in Plymouth at Crownhill.

V49A2 Stationed at 49 Crownhill – Magirus DLK 32-12cc ALP
and
V49A1 Stationed at 49 Crownhill – VEMA 343 TFL ALP

Unfortunately I can’t attach any photos to this reply but if you look in comments and correspondence on the blog I’ve put some in there.

Thanks

Fred
WM Yelverton

As promised, the first photo is the Turntable ladder seen at Walkhampton, the second is the Vema.

We received the following letter from a local resident by mail:-

Dear Members

About 3 years ago an officer from the Yelverton Fire Station replaced my smoke alarm and also installed a Carbon Monoxide in my kitchen.

The other day I heard a faint bleeping and could not think where it was coming from. I checked the phone the TV and stood under the smoke alarm. I am hard of hearing, (85) and live alone and I had forgotten that I had a Carbon Monoxide Alarm. A couple of hours later I went into the kitchen and made a cup of tea and only then did I realise where the bleeps were coming from. I now do all my cooking in the microwave but for once I had a pot on the low gas and of course forgot about it.

I turned off the gas, turned off the central heating (oil) opened all the doors and windows. A cleaner comes once a fortnight and must have dislodged the lid (covering the gas flame)  and did not replace it correctly. There was quite a build up of carbon between the flame and the cover.

I know perfectly well that had the alarm not been fitted I would have most probably died. The boiler would have exploded when the gas reached the oil flame and the house burned down, so I felt I must write and thank all the officers at Yelverton Fire Station from the bottom of my heart .

I have felt a little sick for a few days, but now I am quite all right

Yours sincerely and with grateful thanks

Avis Meager.

If you are interested in a home fire safety visit go to the Community fire Safety Page for details of how to apply.

brian cooper
aa.cooper89@btinternet.com
86.140.64.46

not a comment exactly, but living right opposie the fire station we are always watcihing out when you go out and wonder where your off to. having been a good friend of the late Andy,{ the plumber} our interest in all you do is lasting, keep up the good work, and good luck to all you do.Our gratefull thanks to all of you and god bless you

Phil Cater
theburratorinn.com

x
thecaters@btconnect.com
89.241.106.121

Thanks for your support that day gentlemen, it was greatly appreciated, both in bringing the appliance, and above all, kindly donating your time. It would appear we managed to raise in excess of £1000 which will be added to what our son manages to raise in running The London Marathon this year – all monies to The Children’s Hospice South West.
Once again – most sincere thanks
Phil & Sara
The Burrator Inn

Hi Gary

Thanks for the comment.
Yes it is the new generation Bristol Kit. I don’t know a lot about it other than it is lighter and doesn’t have a “use by date”. It looks to be woven differently which is only noticeable if you look closely, other than that it looks the same as the old kit.

Thanks
W.M. Fred Glanville

Gary Chapman
gc74ff@gmail.com
46.60.252.79

Hi
is this the new generation of fire kit or the same second generation Bristol kit?
Gary

Paul Chown
facebook.com/wincanton.fire.station

x
pchown@dsfire.gov.uk
213.123.185.19

Submitted on 2012/03/21 at 1:23 pm | In reply to Mark.

Hello Mark
Its great that you find interest on the goings on, events and incidents at retained fire stations.
At Wincanton Fire Station in Somerset we have our own Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/wincanton.fire.station which is one of two stations throughout Devon and Somerset Fire Rescue Service officially authorised to have one as a trial, it is the intention for the future every station having one sometime soon.

mr glanville
it is very interesting to see how varied a single pump retained station is and the fact of how many communtiy engagement events your crew get involved in, can you tell me please does your station have a set goal to reach be it fire prevention or even just awareness and if so are you meeting this target if you dont mind me asking
thanks
shaun

By: shaun minto on February 6, 2012
at 7:10 pm

Reply

  • Hi ShaunYes, we do have targets, we have what’s known as a Local Community Plan. The Plan outlines the station targets for the year for a variety of Fire Service functions and, combined with the other stations in our group make up the Area Plan, that area plan then combines with the others to make up the service plan. If you follow this link you will see our station plan http://www.dsfire.gov.uk/YourArea/WesternCommand/Stations/documents/YelvertonLocalCommunityPlan.pdfBefore the credit crunch we did all our own fire safety at station, that involved school visits, home fire safety visits and multi agency community drives in our area. Since the credit crunch all these functions are now done by either whole time crews (for School visits) or staff employed as “Advocates” and our strategy for home fire safety visits is much more focused on vulnerable groups. Obviously these changes have been introduced to save money and, to a degree, I personally have to agree with them. The chief has a budget which he has to run Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue, in my mind every penny wasted is potentially another fire fighters job lost! The Chief has a lot of imaginative initiatives which has put DSFRS in a much better position that a lot of other Brigades. The “Academy” training facility and the BA school in Exeter are just two of those initiatives that are currently easing the pain of budget cuts.
    Since the cuts were introduced the events the crew have attended in the local area have been on a voluntary basis and I’m fortunate that the crew are still willing to give up their time for free to attend them. As a station we’ve attended Meavy Oak Fair for as long as anyone can remember and hope to continue to do so.
    Hope that covers everything.
    W.M. Fred Glanville.
shaun minto
mintonufc@hotmail.com
2.97.243.111
Submitted on 2012/01/03 at 7:26 pm | In reply to yelvertonfirestation.

thank you very much

this will all come in good use to me
i am well known at both torquay and paignton fire stations

and am so keen to join the service so i can assure u i will not be disrespecting the service

thanks again

shaun

lynda
lyndaclarke25@hotmail.com.au
101.114.144.51

My brothers house! watching in Australia!Great job putting it out B4 got the house!

mintonufc@hotmail.com
2.97.249.189

hi there im a university student studying a foundation degree in uniformed public services at south devon college, through plymouth university

i would like to ask if anything on this blog i find useful may i have permission to use in my research and assignments however i will reference any information i use if allowed

shaun minto

Hi Shaun

Thanks for the comment. Pleae feel free to use any of the blog, the pictures are not protected so feel free to use any or all of them. My only request is that you do not use the content to portrait the Fire Service in a bad light.

Hi Mark

Thanks for your comment.

In answer to you question. Yes. Although every appliance carries roughly the same equipment they all are tailored to the location they are station at and, sometimes due to stowage like the PPV fans, stations have a resource local to them that carries the required equipment. In our area excluding the wholetime in Plymouth, Bere Alston and Yelverton currently carry PPV fans.

Mark
markhannah2604@hotmail.co.uk
2.217.99.230

It’s interesting to know what goes on at a retained station, Yelverton is the only station that I can find in Devon with such a blog site or what ever you call it!!
Totnes and Newton Abbot have a web site but they don’t have an up date of shouts on it.

1) Quick question do multi purpose appliances at different stations carry different equipment ? 2 pumps at Tavi and you had to go with ventilation equipment.

Keep up the good work.

Darren Biggs
darren.biggs@yahoo.co.uk
109.152.44.85

How many turn outs does yelverton get a year?
Good website i look at it quite often.

Darren, thanks for the comment. We get around 150 calls per year.

Tim Nichols
timothrod@gmail.com
109.246.115.223

Those are some great pics. The one of the aircraft crash shows the engine of a Fleet Air Arm de Havilland Sea Hornet or possibly a Westland Welkin which would make this picture post-war, perhaps in the late 50′s?

Tim Nichols
timothrod@gmail.com
109.246.115.223

Hi, I just wanted to congratulate you on the site and all the wonderful work that you do. As a serving fire fighter with DFRMO I’m very much looking forward to following this site and finding out more about what you do and the contribution you make to your community. Keep up the good work and one day when I’m pensioned out of the Navy I hope there may be a role for me!

Tim, Thanks for the comments, thanks for the info on the crashed aircraft photo. The Fire Service are suffering due to the government cut backs and are currently not recuiting whole time fire fighters, that may have changed when you get out of the Navy.

  • Very Interesting site, It’s good that you keep the community informed as well as keeping us safe, it’s a pity more stations don’t follow your example.Could you please answer 1 question. Why did you stand-by at 47 whilst they were at the pallet fire and not the pump from Ivybridge?Keep up the good work.
  • Thanks for the comment. In reply to your question, Ivybridge did go stand by at Plympton. Two of their crew were used to take the water bowser to the pallet fire. That left them with three men, the minimum crewing level is four. Yelverton were mobilised with five crew to take over stand by duties at Plympton, when they arrived they gave one crew man to Ivybridge which put both pumps back on the run.

    By: yelvertonfirestation on September 22, 2011
    at 12:26 pm

Val
val@steps39.com
212.69.61.36

Hi

Just looked on the blog for the first time. A good way to keep up with what’s has been happening in the area

Steve Lesson
jfnl.comx
steve.lesson@jfims.co.uk
82.109.196.210

Hi,
This is a very interesting coincidence!
Whilst idly digging around for some old ham radio aquantances – notably those from the Pub (Brett & Co.) I see you mentioned RADOS here.

Well, my name is Steve Lesson and I’m a Service Engineer for the whole RADOS ranage here in Somerset UK (James Fisher).

How about that!
Steve ‘M1BJR’ ex Plymouthian and Dartmoor Radio Club founder 43yrs young!

annon
web@anon.co.uk
222.154.232.233

great site
notice the difference in helmets…. do people have a choice of helmet or some other reason for this?
guess u probably were in Plymouth on s/by while the ivybridge fire was ongoing?

Devon and Somerset are in the process of changing our Fire Helmet. Rather than waste money replacing all the old helmets at once they have chosen to replace old with new as they become damaged etc. And yes we were at Crownhill on stand by for the Ivybridge fire.

Thanks

W.M. Fred Glanville

 

Thank you and all the other stations for the hard work you put in to bring the fire under control.

justine.colton@sky.com
Dave & Justine Colton

I have just noticed your pictures of “Man in River Dart”. That was us on our last day of our vacation. After waiting for over a week, my partner finally received surgery and now has 4 months of recuperation ahead. My thanks go out to all your team who were involved and worked far better and faster than the NHS! Next time we visit Dartmoor we’ll bring along pictures of the injury!! Once again, heartfelt thanks

I have just noticed your pictures of “Man in River Dart”. That was us on our last day of our vacation. After waiting for over a week, my partner finally received surgery and now has 4 months of recuperation ahead. My thanks go out to all your team who were involved and worked far better and faster than the NHS! Next time we visit Dartmoor we’ll bring along pictures of the injury!! Once again, heartfelt thanks les.ellam@sky.com
Les Ellam
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Submitted on 2011/03/20 at 1:29 pm

Great to read about the incidents you attend. Are Princetown unable to turn out as in this incident and others they are not mentioned.

All retained fire stations go through periods when they go  “Off the run” from time to time due to crew deficiency. Currently princetown is going through such a period, last year Yelverton went through a similar period. In the modern Fire service it takes around six months to train a recruit to a standard that permits them to ride the appliance. With the general ebb and flow of staff through a fire station it is inevitable that stations will, from time to time, go through periods where they struggle to keep the pump on the run. Princetown have Fire fighters in development that currently are not in a position to ride the pump, when they are, I am sure they will remain on the run.
You may have seen on the local television, in Devon and Somerset we use the Gartan system to show our availability. It records our skills such as “BA” and “Command and Control” and each fire fighter lodges his availability on a 15min basis 24 – 7. Gartan will mark a pump “Off the run” when the crewing goes below a critical level, currently four, which allows control to mobilise the nearest pump without wasting time trying to turn out an appliance that has crew deficiencies. Retained fire fighters “bend” their lives around each other to keep the pump on the run, when I say bend I mean manage chores that involve going out of the area like shopping, to times when there is a surplus of crew. As you can imagine this isn’t always popular at home, but Gartan allows us to plan ahead and book time out of the area in advance.

Fred,
Very many thanks to you and your most professional team in dealing with our chimney fire at Horrabridge yesterday 31st Jan. My wife and I were most impressed with the way the fire was dealt with and the way we were kept informed what was happening throughout. Keep up the good work and as they say in the navy Bravo Zulu!

Derek Pulford

PS. Could we have our black hearth brush back pse. (Only joking.)

Fred, Very many thanks to you and your most professional team in dealing with our chimney fire at Horrabridge yesterday 31st Jan. My wife and I were most impressed with the way the fire was dealt with and the way we were kept informed what was happening throughout. Keep up the good work and as they say in the navy Bravo Zulu! Derek Pulford PS. Could we have our black hearth brush back pse. (Only joking.) Hi Fred
That was my cat, he arrived home soaked to the skin and as you say otherwise unhurt. Today he is back to normal and is resting after his adventure, many thanks to you all for your enthusiasm and your professionalism, you and your crew are all a credit to your service.

Wishing you all a merry Christmas and New year

With kind regards

Graham and Family

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firefighter-blog
feuerwehrleben.com
hansi-h@live.de
77.4.167.170
Hello,could you please the word “RTC exercise”? I assume that has something to do with rescueing people from a crashed car?Thanks and best regards from a firefighter from Germany!

Hello
Great to see our blog has travelled so far!

RTC means Road Traffic Collision

We used to have RTA which meant Road Traffic Accident but someone somewhere decided no crash was an accident, they concluded there was always some fault to be apportioned so it couldn’t be an accident.

Glad to be of help, any other questions please feel free to ask.

News Release

Fly tipping costs Plymouth man

A 39-year-old Plymouth man has been ordered to pay more than £1,100 after his household waste was found flytipped at a South Hams beauty spot.

Steven John Pinsent of Norfolk Road, Plymouth, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that his waste was passed to an authorised person for disposal at Torquay Magistrates.

The waste was found dumped at Cadover Bridge car park near Lee Moor in February.

The court heard that the waste was found strewn around the car park at Cadover Bridge, and some of it had even blown into a nearby stream. After South Hams District Council officers had checked the waste and gathered it together for collection, someone set fire to it, requiring fire crews from Yelverton Fire Station to put out the blaze.

Mr Pinsent told magistrates that he had moved house in January this year and had set aside a number of boxes full of toys and other items, including a gas heater together with a 12 kg gas cylinder. He said he had placed them at the rear of his new property by a bin store, with a view to returning to the items some seven days after he left them there.

He said he could not account for how the waste had subsequently moved from his property to the moorland site but accepted that with hindsight he should have secured the waste or taken it to a council tip which was no more than a mile or so from his home.

Magistrates said they viewed his actions as very serious and one which placed the public and emergency services at risk. He was fined £200 plus a Victim Surcharge of £15 and ordered to pay the all of South Hams District Council’s costs of £896.

After the hearing, a spokesman for South Hams District Council said: “Once again we have to remind householders that they have a duty of care to ensure that their waste is only passed to someone properly licensed to take it away.

“If their waste is found fly tipped they may be prosecuted as in this case. Unlicensed waste carriers offering cheap services are undercutting genuine operators, the waste is frequently then fly tipped, which spoils the countryside and places unnecessary additional costs on the council tax payers of the South Hams.”

Any information regarding fly tipping or suspected rogue traders can be reported to South Hams District Council on 01803 861234 or on the confidential 24 hours answer phone line 01803 861262.

Ends

083-10

24th September 2010

For more information please contact South Hams District Council’s Communications Team on 01803 861368 or 861369, mobile 07773 426834 or email public.relations@southhams.gov.uk

 

Hi great blog it really gives people a idea of what retained firefighters do, i myself am looking into becoming a firefighter one day and hopefully maybe do retained work aswell give something to the community. its nice to see a retained firefighters way of life as at normal Wholetime stations its 9 till 6 2 days 2 nights then 4 off I’m from London and we are a very big brigade with 112 fire stations plus one river station.

Hi great blog it really gives people a idea of what retained firefighters do, i myself am looking into becoming a firefighter one day and hopefully maybe do retained work aswell give something to the community. its nice to see a retained firefighters way of life as at normal Wholetime stations its 9 till 6 2 days 2 nights then 4 off I’m from London and we are a very big brigade with 112 fire stations plus one river station. lfbboy@hotmail.co.uk
Sam

http://www.flickr.com/photos/london_fire_photos/

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Hey the cute fireman named Alex is quite popular in the USA. All the girls are drulling over him. I am now taking tickets to see who will win a date with him. They will even pay for his ticket to get here. But he has to bring his uniform because girls in the US like uniforms. LOL Love Debbie

Debbie Bricks

You know Mark and Alex you would get more work done if you would uncross your arms, in the U.S we don’t cross our arms at work. LOL
Debbie

Debbie Bricks

To Fred and the Gang,

Can’t thank you all enough for all of the help you gave me during my photo shoots of your drill nights for college! There will be 5 or 6 photographs in Plymouth Art College’s end of year exhibition which is open on Fri 25th June (15:30-19:30) and Monday 28th-Wednesday 30th (09:30-19:30). Any of your firefighters are welcome to my friends and family private viewing on Thursday 24th June from 18:30-21:00). Hope some of you can make it. Feel free to get in touch if you need any more photies. Thanks again – you’re a bunch of wee stars!! Eileen x
If you need a map to the college, this is the website – http://www.plymouthart.ac.uk/Contact-us

By: eileen long on June 18, 2010
at 1:55 pm

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Sorry, forgot to say, the extended degree exhibition is in the REGENT BUILDING in Regent Street. (Number 2 on the map). cheers

By: eileen long on June 18, 2010
at 1:57 pm

Hey Alex, Nice picture we love it in California US. Lots of girls interested! Big cute fireman. Must be the uniform! Debbie

Debbie Bricks
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And the full video can be viewed here!

http://www.lifevideoproductions.co.uk/blog/challenge-josh/

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lifevideos@live.com
77.103.73.97

The Challenge Josh video:

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Thanks for all your help guys.

Life Video Productions

The Challenge Josh video: http://vimeo.com/11971394 Thanks for all your help guys. Life Video Productions lifevideos@live.com
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Fred & The team!

Thank you very much for having us….. It was a really great experience that not only provided a great challenge for the cameras but an excellent experience that will stay with me forever.

Tell Kev, next time you have a camera crew not to back chat the boss when I am still wearing a microphone hey!?

An excellent evening…. thank you to you and your team for being so welcoming and I will get a DVD copy of the film and audio sent over to you when we get it.

Thanks again & the best of luck with the vital work you do.

Josh & The team!

Fred & The team! Thank you very much for having us….. It was a really great experience that not only provided a great challenge for the cameras but an excellent experience that will stay with me forever. Tell Kev, next time you have a camera crew not to back chat the boss when I am still wearing a microphone hey!? An excellent evening…. thank you to you and your team for being so welcoming and I will get a DVD copy of the film and audio sent over to you when we get it. Thanks again & the best of luck with the vital work you do. Josh & The team! TheJoshAndrewsShow@googlemail.com
The Josh Andrews Show

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  Hi my names Robert Mansfield and although my family live in South Devon (Dawlish) I live in South London. I recently came across your station blog and think it is excellant it makes interesting reading made all the better by the pictures that have been included. Its a pity that other stations in DSFRS don’t follow you and set up their own blog. Anyway I regularly look on the DSFRS website and will certainly be checking out your blog on a regular basis
Regards
Robert Mansfield

Hiya,

I am a teacher at a Nursery in Yelverton (War Memorial Hall) and was wondering if you would be kind enough to visit us for half an hour one day if you could spare the time? If not could is the station staffed during the day so that we could visit? They are under 5 so the evening is not really possible…
Look forward to hearing from you,
Many thanks,
Ashley

By: ashley on April 21, 2010
at 4:21 pm

  • Ashley
    Thanks for the E.Mail. Yes, we would be happy to visit, subject to crew availability and fire calls. When would be convenient, and what time would you like us to arrive. Can you give me a few dates, it will help ensure I have a crew.

    Thanks
    Fred

 

yelvertonfirestation
clynham@dsfire.gov.uk
212.24.85.46

Steve
Colin Shaw from Bere Alston has come up trumps and has lent us some photos of the incident, I’ve had them scanned in and put them in the correspondence page.
Thanks again.
Fred

Do you know the identity of any of the firemen in the picture above?

Did you spot Colin Shaw?

Drop me a line if you can help.

Hi, My name is Darren i have a interest in the fire service and im very keen to become a retained ff in the torbay area. im interested to see the regular blogs posted on your page and look quite often. I noticed you do alot of standby cover at crown hill and i was interested to know if any station then has to cover your ground?
good job on the website!

  • Edit Comment

By: Darren Biggs on April 15, 2010

      Darren, thanks for the comments. If contact our Service HQ at Exeter on 01392 872200 and ask for the retained recruitment line, they will be able to explain the terms and conditions of employment of a retained fire fighter and send you a recruitment pack. Reference cover at Yelverton when we are at Crownhill on stand by duties. When all the surrounding appliances are involved in calls then an appliance may be sent to Yelverton or Tavistock on stand by duties. Normally the other local stations are not on calls so a stand by cover at Yelverton is not required. All the surrounding stations take a piece of our ground to cover while we are out.Hope that answers all your queswtions, if you have any more please drop me a line.Thanks
      FredBy:

yelvertonfirestation

      on April 16, 2010
    at 1:16 pm
Mike Rowland
somersetvoyager@yahoo.com
130.119.248.41
 Great to the see all the updates on the site. Keep up the good work!~Mike~

Hi,

Just wondering if your can help? My name is Jamie Hughes, I’m the producer and co presenter for The Josh Andrews Show on Hospital Radio Plymouth. The Josh Andrews Show is aimed to entertain Derriford Hospital ’s younger audience, which is mostly under the age of 18, but we have found that our transmission on 87.7FM attracts us listeners from all ages. Since the show started in December 2007, we have recently come out in first place in our monthly listening figures as the most listened to weekend programme on our Patientline entertainment system beating Radio 2, BBC Radio Devon and our local commercial radio station Heart.

On the show we are starting a new feature called ‘Challenge Josh’, this is where we send our presenter Josh Andrews out to learn a new skill each week. I was just wondering if there is any possiblity that Josh could come spend some time and learn some basic skills with the gang at Yelverton Fire Station?

If this is possible then we would come and record some material, which we can used for the show i.e short Interviews with the crew and capture some of what Josh experiences doing his time at the fire station. We can also supply you with copies of the package which is broadcast on our radio show.

I hope that maybe we can arrange something. Look forward to hearing from you.

Jamie Hughes

jamie.hughes01@btopenworld.com

John
Thanks for the message, I’ve asked Steve to call you and arrange a time to pick up the photo, once we’ve scanned it we’ll put a copy on the wall and publish it on the blog. Feel free to drop in any time, if you see the black pick up in the car park I’m in the station.

Thanks again
Fred

By: yelvertonfirestation on April 5, 2010
at 2:07 pm

Thanks for the invitation to the Old Boys Day, nice to to see Steve regarded as an old boy in photo. More seriously if you would like to contact me with regards to my holding a Long service Medal and possibly contributing to your wall of old boys. And yes the main pump was pulled off it’s mountings from a Plymouth based appliance at Denham Bridge.
Thanks again for that Saturday morning
From Ex Sub Officer John Sowden.

By: John Sowden on March 28, 2010
at 6:31 pm

Reference the call to rescue a young boy from a tree on the 2nd of March, we have received the following letters from Peter and his parents. They also left a couple of boxes of biscuits which although not necessary are much appreciated, thank you.

Clive
Thanks for updating the blog and please feel free to use any of the blog content to assist your case. It is reassuring to see that this issue is being taken seriously, could you update us of the out come of the court case.

Thanks
W.M. Fred Glanville

By: yelvertonfirestation on March 23, 2010
at 4:27 pm

Re: the fire at 2243 11th feb 2010 at Cadover Bridge carpark; the Fly Tip of waste had been attended earlier that day by officers from South Hams District Council. It was boxed up and reported for collection, though obviously someone set fire to it first. You will be pleased to know that the origin of the waste was traced and a man from Plymouth stands reported for Fly Tipping and a prosecution is pending; if you have no objection the relevant entry in your excellent station blog will be presented to the court as an example of the problems caused by this activity.

Clive Mackriell
Enforcement Officer
Environment Services
South Hams District Council
Totnes

By: CLIVE MACKRIELL on March 23, 2010
at 1:29 pm

“great website very interesting like the pictures of the pumps old and new. have you got any pictures and did you attend the fire at denham bridge in the long hot summer 1976 i know bere alston were there look forward to your reply”
By: steve freeman on March 21, 2010

Steve, Thanks for your comments. Yelverton did go to the big fire at Denham Bridge, I’ve asked Peter Brown, the former Sub Officer at Yelverton if he has any pictures of the fire, and I’ve Emailed Colin Shaw at Bere Alston who we think has a photo. I’ll print the picture on the blog if we find one. There was a rumour that the wind changed and the fire engines pumping water up the hill had to pull out quickly. The legend goes, one of the pumps forgot to diconnect and pulled the pump out the back of the fire engine!! sounds a bit far fetched to me but you never know.
By: yelvertonfirestation on March 21, 2010
at 12:49 pm

“Thanks a million for letting me park when the weather was too bad for a little punto to make it home.
next time could you please give it a full valet or is that pushing it too far??????”
By: maddie watling on February 10, 2010
at 8:14 pm

“I’m an RDS Firefighter at Stn 81 Shepton Mallet. Just a short line to say keep up the good work with the blog. I keep having a regular look to see how you guys down in Devon are getting on. May see some of you on a course one day……”
By: Simon Towned on February 5, 2010
at 2:36 pm

“Do you ever hold open days at the fire station? My children are desperate to find out!”
By: S Reid on October 12, 2009
at 7:13 pm

  • Fire Stations do hold open days but at present we don’t have one planned. Children often visit the station with organisations such as the Scouts and Guides or on some occasions Classes from local schools and play groups. If they are members of an organisation we would gladly arrange an evening to show them around the station and appliance. Just make a request through the blog or visit the station on a Monday night to arrange a visit.

    By: yelvertonfirestation on October 16, 2009
    at 3:08 pm

“hey guys, web site looks great, defantly needs more photos of u at work doing what you all do best.
hope your all well. take care xx”
By: sam poulter on June 26, 2009
at 10:00 am

  • alan lake

    “fred and guys love the blog really good will be keeping an eye on it, so keep it up
    all the best lakey”

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  1. Hi there

    How do I go about joining as a retained fire fighter ?

    Thanks
    Richard 07961521157

    • Hi Richard, thanks for the comment. If you want to join the retained fire service you need to contact HR at Service head quarters on 01392 872200 and ask for retained recruitment. Before you do it will probably pay to look at what the fire service want from you. You will need to either live, work or both near a retained fire station and be able to give some cover during the working days Monday – Friday. You will need to be relatively fit and prepared to undertake the required training which for your employer may be a big ask. If you are expecting to give cover from your employment you will also need to get permission from your boss to be released for fire calls. That said, if you do manage to get in its a very rewarding job so good luck 🙂

  2. Hi again Fred
    A young Cousin of mine bought a model fire engine from the Oxford Die Cast Models website and its a MAN Double Cab of DSFRS, and this particular model has the station name on the side as Bere Alston. It is very realistic even down to the number plate being exactly the same as the real thing having checked on the Vehicles section of the DSFRS website!!

    • Hi Robert
      Thanks for the comment. Yes the model was based on Bere Alstons appliance and ours is exactly the same and carries the same equipment.

      Thanks again
      Fred

  3. Hi Fred
    I always enjoy reading your blog despite the fact I live in South London but have relatives living in South Devon. I have always wondered how you go about rostering your guys so as to ensure that there is total cover 24 hours a day etc. Would I be right in thinking that some stations sometimes struggle to find men to man there particular stations appliance(s) during Monday-Friday daytime. I’m assuming that some of your men work in the Yelverton area, so they are available to man your appliance during the daytime and those that work out of the area, are on call during the weekend and night time.
    Regards
    Robert Mansfield

    • Hi Robert

      Thanks for the comment.
      To keep the appliance on the run we need a minmum of four crew that must include a driver and an Officer in charge. The driver can’t ride as driver and officer in charge. Currently we have ten crew on the run, one crew member on restricted duties and two recruits mid process who we expect to get on the run around December / January time. Every station operates in a different manner when maintaining availability all of which involve a computer program called Gartan. Gartan allows each firefighter to record when they are available to ride days and weeks in advance. It defaults that the firefighter is available and each crew member signs off the run when they are unavailable using a text service or by logging on to Gartan. My job is to monitor when we are short of crew and try to arrange cover to close the gaps mostly through the good will of the crew. At Yelverton we only recruit people that can give an element of day cover Monday – Friday and some weekend cover as these are the difficult times to maintain availability. There are periods inevitably when we are off the run with insufficient crew that are unavoidable. Last month we were off the run for 23.5 hours with only ten crew, at present thats a good return. When we get the two recruits on the run and the fire fighter on restricted duties is sorted out are target will be to maintain full cover with no periods offf the run. Most of the crew at Yelverton are on 90 or 120 hour contracts but regularly cover far more than they are paid for to keep the pump on the run for which I am always grateful. Other stations run watch systems or vaiants of the way we do it, it comes down to what suits the station and there is no right or wrong way as long as the pump stays on the run. Some of the crew live and work in the area and are generally on 120 hour contracts, the remainder are predominantly shift workers on 90 hour contracts. The persons most inconvenienced are the fire fighters wives and families. When your wife has spent most of the afternoon cooking you a roast and you run out on a fire call as she puts it in front of you, you know your going to hear all about it when you get home!

      Hope that answers your questions.

      Thanks
      Fred

  4. Just to say a big thank you to all the officers who attended The Garden House, Sunday evening. Luckily a false alarm, but really appreciated your help and efficiency in dealing with the incident. Thank you!
    Petra & Jo
    Horticulture Students.

  5. Hi – I’d like to check if an individual had worked with you in the mid 70’s as a fireman, as part of a family tree trace that I am doing. Can you contact me @ my email (supplied). All help would be greatly appreciated. – Donal

    • He Donal

      How can I help.
      I can use the blog mail and not publish if you don’t want your messages on the blog

      Thanks
      Fred

  6. Hi Fred
    Can you tell me why DSFR send two appliances to rescue persons trapped in a lift when the London Fire Brigade only send one?

    • Hi Robert

      The truth is I don’t know, but I am making enquiries to find out why.

      Thanks
      Fred

      • Hi Fred
        Thanks for your reply. It may be that 2 appliances are sent for manpower purposes or just the policy of Devon Fire & Rescue.
        Thanks once again
        Robert

      • Hi Robert.
        I’ve had a reply that part answers your question. DSFRS send two appliances for manning. The theory is:- four men to the machinery space (two to move the machinery, one to operate the brake and one junior officer to send radio messages to co-ordinate) The OIC plus one other remains at the nearest floor to where the lift is stuck and the driver remains with the appliance to send messages to Control, a total of 7 men. Standard crewing in DSFRS is 5 per appliance hence a lift incident requires two aplliances.
        Why London only send one I couldn’t say.

        Hope that helps

        Fred

      • Thanks for your reply Fred. I see the reasoning behind sending 2 appliances i.e. for manpower. I will be in Dawlish at Christmas visiting my dad. Thanks once again Robert

  7. Hi Fred & crew,
    Just wondering if it would be at all possible for you all with the engine to attend Horrabridge CP School Summer Fayre on Fri 6th July 3~5pm everyone really enjoyed seeing the engine & demostration last year ( & of course yourelves.
    Thanks
    Sarah Fisher
    Horrabridge CP School PTA Chair

    • Hi Sarah

      We’d love to come, crew permitting. I’ll put it in the diary and hopefully we will see you there.

      Thanks
      Fred

  8. Hi there! i am interested in becoming a retained firefighter and have heard that there are training evenings held at yelverton. Are these still going on?

    Thanks

    • Hi Paul
      we only have drill nights for Yelverton crew on a monday night, area trainers use our station some times for recruit training. This training is for trainee fire fighters at stations in the moorland area who are preparing for there stage reviews on the way to becoming a fully fledged fire Fighter. Hope that helps, if you want to join the retained fire service, phone 01392 872200 and ask for the retained recruitment line.

      Thanks
      Fred

  9. Hello!

    I saw your request for comments and feedback on the blog and thought I would post a question that you might be able to answer.

    Very simple: was passing the Fire Station the other day and saw a HM Coastguard vehicle parked there. I was wondering why it was parked there when Yelverton does not have a coast!

    Cheers,

    Jamie

  10. I have just noticed your pictures of “Man in River Dart”. That was us on our last day of our vacation. After waiting for over a week, my partner finally received surgery and now has 4 months of recuperation ahead. My thanks go out to all your team who were involved and worked far better and faster than the NHS! Next time we visit Dartmoor we’ll bring along pictures of the injury!! Once again, heartfelt thanks

  11. Fred,
    Very many thanks to you and your most professional team in dealing with our chimney fire at Horrabridge yesterday 31st Jan. My wife and I were most impressed with the way the fire was dealt with and the way we were kept informed what was happening throughout. Keep up the good work and as they say in the navy Bravo Zulu!

    Derek Pulford

    PS. Could we have our black hearth brush back pse. (Only joking.)

  12. Nice to see RDS work highlighted so well, keep up the good work
    Gary
    STN MANAGER Launceston

    p.s. say hello to Kevin Brown for me

  13. To Fred and the Gang,

    Can’t thank you all enough for all of the help you gave me during my photo shoots of your drill nights for college! There will be 5 or 6 photographs in Plymouth Art College’s end of year exhibition which is open on Fri 25th June (15:30-19:30) and Monday 28th-Wednesday 30th (09:30-19:30). Any of your firefighters are welcome to my friends and family private viewing on Thursday 24th June from 18:30-21:00). Hope some of you can make it. Feel free to get in touch if you need any more photies. Thanks again – you’re a bunch of wee stars!! Eileen x
    If you need a map to the college, this is the website – http://www.plymouthart.ac.uk/Contact-us

    By: eileen long on June 18, 2010
    at 1:55 pm

    Reply

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Sorry, forgot to say, the extended degree exhibition is in the REGENT BUILDING in Regent Street. (Number 2 on the map). cheers

    By: eileen long on June 18, 2010
    at 1:57 pm

    Reply

  14. Hi my names Robert Mansfield and although my family live in South Devon (Dawlish) I live in South London. I recently came across your station blog and think it is excellant it makes interesting reading made all the better by the pictures that have been included. Its a pity that other stations in DSFRS don’t follow you and set up their own blog. Anyway I regularly look on the DSFRS website and will certainly be checking out your blog on a regular basis
    Regards
    Robert Mansfield


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