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Gallery: A nostalgic look back at Diss Fire Station

PUBLISHED: 08:16 29 April 2019

Training session at Diss Fire Station, 8 April 1986. Photo: Archant Library

Training session at Diss Fire Station, 8 April 1986. Photo: Archant Library

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Diss has seen its fair share of blazes, accidents and emergencies over the years, but it has always been able to call on its brave firefighters.

Training session at Diss Fire Station, 8 April 1986. Photo: Archant LibraryTraining session at Diss Fire Station, 8 April 1986. Photo: Archant Library

The origins of Diss Fire Station go back to 1728 with the town's first fire engine, a Newsham engine that cost £50 and was paid for by local subscriptions.

Generations of firefighters have bravely served since then and the fire engines and equipment they have used has gone from basic buckets and hoses to the specialist hi-tech equipment of today's fire crews.

Training session at Diss Fire Station, 8 April 1986. Photo: Archant LibraryTraining session at Diss Fire Station, 8 April 1986. Photo: Archant Library

These pictures from our archives show a training session at Diss Fire Station in April 1986 as crews are put through their paces using ladders, hoses and water pumps.

They were aiming to be ready for major incidents like the fire in 1938 at a shop in Market Hill that saw local firefighters use 171,156 gallons of water, pumping so much water from the Mere it was said to have been lowered by one and a half inches.

Training session at Diss Fire Station, 8 April 1986. Photo: Archant LibraryTraining session at Diss Fire Station, 8 April 1986. Photo: Archant Library

The current station on Park Road is still used for fire training with a drill yard, training tower and live fire training equipment.

The base also hosts fire marshall training, fire extinguisher courses and fire safety training for people working in factories, commercial premises and care homes.

Training session at Diss Fire Station, 8 April 1986. Photo: Archant LibraryTraining session at Diss Fire Station, 8 April 1986. Photo: Archant Library

Training session at Diss Fire Station, 8 April 1986. Photo: Archant LibraryTraining session at Diss Fire Station, 8 April 1986. Photo: Archant Library

Training session at Diss Fire Station, 8 April 1986. Photo: Archant LibraryTraining session at Diss Fire Station, 8 April 1986. Photo: Archant Library

Training session at Diss Fire Station, 8 April 1986. Photo: Archant LibraryTraining session at Diss Fire Station, 8 April 1986. Photo: Archant Library

Training session at Diss Fire Station, 8 April 1986. Photo: Archant LibraryTraining session at Diss Fire Station, 8 April 1986. Photo: Archant Library

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