Duke of Edinburgh - gold award

Norfolk Fire and Rescue service offer a residential opportunity for gold level Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) participants.

Using the DofE’s philosophy of individual development by personal challenge, our dedicated youth development team has prepared a residential opportunity that is engaging and challenging. The Gold level residential 'activity based' programme is designed to promote leadership, team working, problem solving and provide lots of fun.

Based at Fakenham Fire Station, the Gold programme focuses on challenges through fire and rescue service drills such as hose, pump, ladder, search and rescue. Additionally, just like operational crews, gold DofE participants will work, eat and rest together. All resulting in an experience of a lifetime with many new friends, adventures and memories.

To avoid disappointment, please book early, as the limit for each gold residential programme is only 15 participants.

Time Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
09:00 - 12:00 Squad drill, words of command and manual handling
Intro to 70mm hose 
Intro to hydrant
Hose competition
Search and rescue drill/BA chamber Command tasks
Incidents command
The 'final scenarios'
Large scale drill
Clean down of residential centre             
Photos, certificate presentation
12:00 Course arrival
H&S briefing
Course overview
Hose running 70mm
Hose running competition
Multiple deployment
Search and rescue drill/BA chamber Command tasks
Incidents command
Self assessment
Course evaluation
Gold book sign off
Certificate presentation
13:00 - 14:00 tea, coffee, snacks Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Ice breakers
Tour of the station
Kit issue
Problem solving / introduction to knots and lines Search and rescue drill/BA chamber Problems solving
Command Task
Summer courses :
Fire station visit, team games
Departure - return
King's Lynn
PPE return
15:00 - 15:15 Food rotas, menus and shopping list
Travel to residential
Problem solving
Dam construction
Briefing competition
Search and rescue drill/BA chamber Problem solving Winter
City fire station visit - Bowling/Cinema
15:15 - 17:00 Dam construction competition Command Task
17:00 - 19:30 Dinner - free time Dinner - free time Dinner - free time Dinner - free time
19:30 - 21:30 Hopes and fears
Self assessments
Radio procedure
Orienteering / quiz
BBQ - indoor cricket
Summer/winter programme

King’s Lynn Fire Station is based just outside the medieval port town centre situated in West Norfolk. The station is manned 24/7 by two operational crews operating on a four watch system, supported by retained crews.

Fakenham is a retained fire station with twenty personnel who live and work in the town and respond to the station when alerted, The current fire station was built in the 1960s and houses a water tender, rescue pump and a water foam unit.

Dunton Centre is a residential self-catering facility owned by Red House Youth Projects, which is a charity that supports young people and youth projects in Norfolk. The accommodation (a former school) caters for up to 23 residents with sleeping arrangements made up of dormitories and four double rooms, all with bunk-beds. A large lounge/small hall serves as a social area in addition to the open kitchen diner which overlooks the beautiful Norfolk countryside at this isolated location.The facilities are similar to what you would expect from a two to three star YHA which is basic, however entirely fit for purpose.

As part of the experience process participants will take responsibility for mess arrangements, budgeting, shopping, food preparation and associated domestic arrangements, with a more than sufficient budget being allocated for mess managers to cater for everyone’s specific needs throughout the programme (meals, snacks, hot and cold soft drinks).

We will provide you with personal protective equipment (PPE) which may include: helmet, tunic, over trousers, gloves and safety boots.  The personal protective equipment must be worn whilst participating in all fire service activities.  The size range of the personal equipment is follows:

  • Boots: sizes 3 up to size 13 (adult sizes)
  • Tunic: Small chest size 36” up to XL chest size 46”
  • Over trousers: Small waist size 32” up to XL waist size 41”
  • All helmets, gloves and goggles are standard adult size fit

You will need to bring the following clothes/kit with you:

Activity-based clothing

  • Trainers (for activities, so they may get dirty!)
  • Socks - extras to wear with safety boots if necessary
  • Trousers or trackies - light weight to wear under PPE
  • Jumper / t-shirts - layers to wear under PPE (avoid hoodies)

Regular clothing (for residential centre)

  • Footwear (to be kept clean for travelling and evenings)
  • Underwear sufficient for the week
  • Nightwear
  • Trousers and or trackies
  • T-shirts x 5
  • Jumper / fleece / hoody
  • Jacket / fleece
  • Hat, scarf and gloves (weather dependent)
  • Beach wear... (weather dependent)

Other kit

  • Toiletries (including sun block), towel and medication
  • Sleeping bag, pillow and a single sheet (elasticated if possible)
  • DofE book or eDofE ID number
  • Memory stick (for all the photos we will take) minimum 8GB

All activities are risk assessed and are subject to Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service’s stringent health and safety systems.  All activity and residential engagements are further assessed by the County Council's educational visits adviser by way of the ‘Evolve’ online approval system.

Norfolk County Council has public liability insurance to a limited of £50 million indemnity covering the insured activities of local authority business and other activities as approved.

View the Duke of Edinburgh Award participants insurance information

All Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service youth development staff have current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) clearance and receive safeguarding training.

"A brilliant week; fun, educational and inspiring!"

Chelsea, from Cambridgeshire

"Great week, great group of people; we worked well together and learnt a lot through practical group activities."

Jason, from Bedfordshire.

"It was really chilled but still a valuable learning experience."


"Really challenging, but loads of fun, really good week and the leaders were all really good and a great laugh, would recommend to anyone."


"I was quite nervous about coming as I struggle to make friends.  However, as soon as I arrived everyone was so welcoming.  The sessions that we did allowed us to be as close to a fire fighter as possible.  When in the residential I felt as though I have developed my cookery/cleaning skills.  The indoor cricket was second to none!"


Email dofe@fire.norfolk.gov.uk to check course availability.

Download the booking and consent form, and complete and return, along with a completed activities disclaimer form and full payment of £395 (all inclusive as described in this information) to the address below (cheques made payable to 'Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service').  Card payments can also be accepted - contact us for full details.

Once the payment has been received and cleared we will send you a confirmation invoice stating the course fee has been paid.

Refunds will be made in full up until six weeks before the course date.  No refund will be given if less than six weeks notice is given.

Downloadable Forms

Contact us should you require any further information.

Booking conditions

The contract shall be formed when Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service youth development acknowledges acceptance of the customers booking form and required payment.

Participation in adventurous activities entails some risk of injury. All staff employed by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Youth Development are trained and appropriately qualified to run activity sessions and will at all times proceed in a manor to limit the risk of injury. However, customers need to accept that accidents and injuries can happen.

Any customer under the age of 18 years must have the explicit permission of his/her parent or guardian before being able to take part in any activity/course offered by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Youth Development. The parent or guardian need to be aware and accept the risks involved in adventure activities and satisfy themselves accordingly. 

The customer is responsible for the safekeeping of all equipment issued for use during the activity/course. With the exception of fair wear and tear Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Youth Development reserves the right to charge for equipment that has been lost or misused.

All bookings are on the basis that the customer will, at all times, observe the safety regulations set by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Youth Development.

The contract is subject to availability of a course place/date and the acceptance by the customer of these terms and conditions.

Neither Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Youth Development website or literature constitutes an offer and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Youth Development may correct any errors or omissions to its published prices at any time prior to the confirmation of the contract in accordance with this condition.

All information is produced in good faith that it is accurate at the time of going to press.


Customers participating in courses/activities must expect to be involved in adventurous and sometimes strenuous activities. Although prior experience and/or training is not necessary on all the courses/activities customers are expected to be of good general health. The medical section must be completed as part of the booking process. All prior injuries and/or serious illnesses must be declared. Any injury or illness occurring between the time of the declaration and the commencement of the course must be reported. The customer must satisfy him/herself that taking part in the course is within his/her own capabilities. Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Youth Development reserves the right to refuse a booking on medical grounds if it is considered to be detrimental to the safety and smooth running of the course.

Dietary requirements

Any special dietary requirements must be made at the time of booking, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Youth Development cannot accept responsibility for not being able to deliver special dietary needs at short notice.

Unruly behaviour

Behaviour that disrupts the smooth running of an event may result in the disruptive customer(s) being excluded.  Any damage caused to property or equipment as a result of unruly behaviour will be charged for.

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