This is our crest for our units. Both the fire team and the responders operate under Kimmeridge Emergency Response Volunteers banner. Our crest depicts the Clavell Tower that stands high on the cliff above Kimmeridge bay. Built way back in 1830 as a folly by the Rev John Richards Clavell who was the landowner of the Smedmore estate. It was used as a Coastguard lookout from 1890 approx till 1930 when it was gutted by fire. It then fell into disrepair and was getting ever closer to the cliff edge. Together with Smedmore estate the Landmark trust moved the tower back from the cliff edge stone by stone by a distance of around 25 meters giving the tower a new lease of life and stopping the long fall to the beach below. This tower has been rebuilt and renovated to a very high standard and offers a one bedroom luxury stay with stunning views. Details can be found on the Landmark Trust web site. But beware you have to park at the bottom of the hill as no cars are allowed up to the tower so travel light as its a long way to carry your cases up some very steep steps but truly well worth it. A special place indeed. More to follow in our history page.
Back in the summer members of the KERV Fire unit were asked by Swanage Railway to provide cover for some controlled burning. This is where the railway burn the overgrown undergrowth on the enbankments so the steam trains dont set fire to it when they pass. In the photos you can see some of the team with Aqualida back packs. This bit of kit is very useful for putting out grass or undergrowth fires they carry 25 litres of water in a back pack with a hand pump which can squirt water about 9 meters. All our team have full firefighting kit with Cromwell 600 helmets our Hi Viz jackets are suitable for use on the road or on the railway.
This is our Landrover 109 fire appliance it is an Ex Cornwall appliance which was stationed at Padstow. It is a fully equipped fire appliance carrying a range of fire fighting equipment and 60 gallons of water in an on board tank. Dispite its age it only has 3500 miles on the clock from new and 500 hours pumping time on the main pump. This truck is our main first strike appliance and is able to set up a water supply prior to the arrival of Dorset Fire and Rescue Service. It can carry a crew of five firefighters. More about this truck in our vehicles page coming soon on our main web site.
Here are a couple of pictures of our quad. Its a road legal 600cc water cooled four wheel drive with diff locks. It is able to carry two people and all our responder equipment in two large boxes to places that the landrovers cant reach such as the many small cliff paths and trackways around our village. It is also able to tow a 500kg trailer with full lighting board to carry any extra equipment that we might need. During the snow at the start of the year it was one of the only things to move around the village. There are four members in our unit who are able to ride this machine on and off road. This type of machine does very little damage to the ground that it travels over so damage to the path and trackways is very slight.
Pages for our web site are slowly coming together so please keep calling back. We will have some great photos of all our kit and equipment together with our history of how we were formed and why. We look forward to updating our blog on a regular basis with news of callouts, safety messages, how to stay safe and much more. So please keep coming back for a check up on how we are doing.