Chipping Norton fire station

Chipping Norton fire station

General information, map, postal address and quarterly performance update.

Area West Cherwell
On Call Part time
Drill night Wednesday
Station Manager Don Crook
On Call officer in charge Kevin Jeffrey
Retained station support officer Deb Lamb
Appliance Two rescue engines

Two fire fighters removing a ladder from an appliance.

Would you like to join the team?

If you live or work close to a station and are interested, or would just like to find out more, please come along to your local station, without obligation, on the evening of their drill night.

Find out more about being an On Call firefighter.

Training

A group of fire fighters standing infront of the church

Earlier this year we were kindly allowed to train at St Mary’s Church. The training involved rescuing a casualty from the tower who had injured themselves whilst carrying out maintenance work on the bells.

Three fire fighters with safety ropes

The crew from Chipping Norton worked closely with the specialist line rescue team based at Kidlington.  A system of lines was set up and the casualty was rescued on a stretcher then lowered through the trap doors in the tower.

A stretcher being lowered through the trap doors in the church tower

The crews gained valuable experience and knowledge from this training and the church some reassurance.

 

 

On Call vacancies

Chipping Norton is looking for potential On Call firefighters to cover days and weekends.
 

Station update - January 2015

During January Chipping Norton crews attended alarms, road traffic collisions and assisted with the care of the residents of Chipping Norton in collaboration with South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS).

Community fire safety

The station continues to work hard to ensure the safety of people in Chipping Norton and the surrounding communities. There is plenty of great advice on how to keep yourself safe in your own home, just visit www.365alive.co.uk for more information.

Recruitment

We currently have vacancies at Chipping Norton, so if you, a friend, or family member is interested please contact Deb Lamb (07554 116580) or call into the station for a chat.

Come and join Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service to protect the community of Chipping Norton, develop new skills and qualities in this highly rewarding career.

Winter driving

A road surrounded by snow covered trees.

Winter driving can be more stressful on cars and drivers a like, with heavy rain, snow and ice making each journey more difficult and potentially dangerous to you and other road users.

Make sure you are prepared for winter and keep an ice scraper, de-icer, torch, first aid kit, hazard warning triangle in your vehicle and in really bad weather a blanket, shovel and wellington boots.

Completely clear all your windows and mirrors of ice and make sure all of your windows are demisted and not just a small area.

Please take extra care on the roads during the winter months, particularly when it is icy after it has rained and take a look at top tips on how you can help prevent crashes from happening during the winter months.

Prepare your vehicle for winter

•  check your tyres, the minimum depth is 1.6mm - in rain, ice and heavy snow the more grip you have the better
•  make sure your lights are clean and working
•  check that your battery is fully charged
•  check the condition of your front and rear windscreen wipers
•  make sure your washer bottle is full with water and screen wash and keep it topped up through the winter

Reduced visibility and slippery road surfaces make winter driving particularly hazardous. Adjust to the driving conditions, whether it’s frosty and icy, foggy or there’s heavy rain please slow down and give yourself time to react.

Top tips

•  completely clear all your windows and mirrors of ice and make sure all of your windows are demisted and not just a small area
•  whilst driving, make sure you leave plenty of space between you and the car in front - in wet weather stopping distances will be at least double those required for stopping on dry roads as your tyres have less grip on the road.
•  use fog lamps if visibility is reduced to 100 metres or less, remember to switch them off when visibility improves as they can dazzle other road users - also take into account that fog also makes the road wet and slippery.
•  winter and spring sunlight can present drivers with an unexpected hazard, if you are blinded by glare, reduce your speed - keep a pair of sunglasses handy.
•  it can take ten times longer to stop in icy conditions that on a dry road, so drive slowly and allow extra room to slow down and stop.

Motorcyclist top tips

•   get the best kit you can and wear layers underneath. Stay warm and dry and you'll concentrate better
•   winter roads are slippery. Good tyres give you the grip you need
•   assume any driver in a misted-up car, or peering through a hand-wiped slit in the screen, can't see you
•   give your visor a gentle wipe with a clean, damp cloth when you get home. Road salt's like sandpaper
•   winter means wet, soggy leaves - avoid them. They're as slippery as ice
•   watch the areas under bridges and in tree shadows, even when the rest of the road is ice-free - they're ice traps
•   slippery roads mean longer stopping distances - look, indicate and plan much further ahead

Cyclist top tips

•   wear a cycle helmet and make sure it is the correct size and properly fitted.
•   use front and rear lights and reflectors after sunset, before sunrise and in poor visibility. Check they are working correctly and keep them clean.
•   be visible, wear high-visibility clothing or accessories, or something white or bright.
•   have a good look around before starting, stopping, turning left and right and also before overtaking parked vehicles.
•   use your ears as well as your eyes - don't use a mobile phone or MP3/Ipod’s as they will distract you; you need all your senses so you are aware of everything around you
•   never pass nearside between traffic and the pavement especially close to junctions, particularly with large vehicles where the driver may not have noticed you in their wing mirrors
•   don’t ride on the pavement, except where it is designated as cycle path. Where this is the case, moderate your speed and take care when passing pedestrians and at junctions

Pedestrian top tips

•   be extremely careful as frost, ice and snow will make walking on footpaths very dangerous
•   make sure you are wearing appropriate footwear, wear shoes or boots with appropriate traction
•   don’t walk with your hands in your pockets, walk with your hands out and wear gloves so you can break your fall if you do slip
•   visibility is reduced in snowy or freezing fog conditions so wear high visibility clothing - consider carrying a torch
•   ice can easily hide under a light dusting of snow - just because you don’t see the ice doesn’t mean it’s not there waiting for your unsuspecting footfalls
•   try to avoid carrying things while walking in icy or snowy conditions, as this can throw you off balance

For further advice visit www.365alive.co.uk

 

Location

Chipping Norton fire station
Burford Road
OX7 5EB Chipping Norton

Take care whilst in the kitchen

A person stiring a pan on a stove.

More than 50% of accidental fires at home are started by cooking. Hazards including naked flames and people becoming distracted all contributing to making the room the least safe in the home.

Top tips:

•  don’t get distracted when you are cooking - turn off or turn down the heat if you have to leave the cooking unattended, for example to take a phone call or answer the door

•  clean your oven, hob and toaster on a regular basis – a build-up of fat, crumbs or grease can easily catch fire

•  remember to check that the oven or hob are switched off after you have finished cooking

•  take extra care when deep-fat frying or cooking with oil – hot oil can catch fire easily – use a thermostat controlled deep-fat fryer which will make sure the fat doesn’t get too hot

How have our prevention activities helped to reduce fires in the Chipping Norton area?

There were eight property fires, we didn’t want any more than 12.

There were five fires in people’s homes, we didn’t want any more than five. All of these homes had smoke alarms working.

Fortunately, nobody has died as a result of a fire in their home.

Countywide performance April to December 2014

What have we done to help prevent fires?

1,394 fire risk checks have been carried out in people’s homes. 89% of these checks were carried out for vulnerable people

1,170 smoke alarms were installed in people’s homes

There have been 23 successful fire setter intervention cases

A safer place to live

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is committed to making Oxfordshire a safer place to live, work and visit.

Our 365alive website is full of great advice and safety tips.

 

Complete a home fire risk check

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging residents to make sure they are fully aware of the fire hazards which commonly exist throughout the home, how to identify them and what to do should a fire occur, by completing a quick online home fire risk check.

 

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