03 / 06 / 2024

On Wednesday 10th April 2024, leading housing developer, Lovell, welcomed Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service to conduct vital training at its Crown View site in Great Ellingham – a development of homes Lovell is building for Flagship Homes.

The training saw firefighters from East Harling and Attleborough fire departments take part in search and rescue exercises in two newly built properties.

Using cosmetic smoke, firefighters had to carry out a search and rescue, whilst wearing breathing apparatus. Four casualty dummies were planted in the houses for rescue purposes.

The exercise was designed to test operational crew responses to domestic building fires in unknown buildings and layouts, and the exercise and training lasted around an hour and a half.

Ben Chase, managing quantity surveyor at Lovell, and a retained firefighter based at East Harling Fire Station, said: “I’m currently working on the Great Ellingham development for Lovell and have been providing evening and weekend cover at East Harling Fire station for 12 years. We don’t have many opportunities to train outside our normal training facilities, so I jumped at the opportunity to use the houses on our project as our training ground after agreement from Lovell and Flagship. It was great to be training in a real-life situation, and a big thank you to Lovell for allowing the training to take place at the development.”

Station manager, Oliver, from Norfolk Fire and Rescue, said: “Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service really appreciate the opportunity to use offsite facilities for training and would like to thank Lovell for providing their construction site to us.”

Oleg Barsoukov, Flagship Homes senior project manager, said: “Keeping our communities safe and well is our top priority, and we are proud to support Norfolk Fire and Rescue's vital training efforts at the Crown View site. We’re thrilled to be able to host these drills to help keep our emergency services strong and ensure our homes are protected.”

Lovell is a partnership housing expert and a leading provider of innovative and high-quality residential construction and regeneration developments across the UK, building homes, sourcing land and investing in communities. It is a trusted and reliable partner, with great people trusted to deliver great homes, developing long term partnerships with housing associations, local authorities and other partners for over 50 years.


The Great Ellingham development is in partnership with Flagship Homes.

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