27 October 2016

Firefighters in Northamptonshire have been officially thanked for the role they played in providing vital aid and equipment to help battle a major fire in Norfolk.

Earlier this month, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service were called to a blaze at Palm Paper plant in Kings Lynn, which involved several hundred tonnes of baled paper.

Although sprinklers were able to prevent the fire spreading, there were deep seated fires burning within compressed paper pulp at the scene.


Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) were called upon to attend the fire with their high speed cutting jet technology, known as Cobra.

Norfolk’s Chief Fire Officer Roy Harold said: “One of our officers, having previously seen a demonstration of Northamptonshire’s Cobra equipment, suggested that it might provide a better option and I am most grateful that NFRS were able to promptly provide a unit.

“As a simple measure of its efficacy in the hands of NFRS’s highly capable team, within six hours of arriving on scene, the crew had extinguished all remaining seats of fire. We were able to confirm the fire was all out at least 36 hours ahead of our previous estimates.”

The Cobra cutting extinguisher is a modern firefighting technique in which a fire is tackled by piercing a hole into a building and dispensing a powerful mist of very fine water droplets into the area, which chokes the fire and cools down the hot fire gases.

NFRS Chief Fire Officer Darren Dovey said: “The Palm Paper fire was clearly a major incident and one which potentially could have taken firefighters another three days to tackle.

“We are very proud of the innovative technology we hold as a service and we are very pleased to have been able to offer urgent support where it was needed, and that it played such a great role in helping to minimise the impact of this fire.”