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Install the Normanshurst Desktop Alerter - it's FREE!

Keep up to date with any shouts the retained firefighters at Normanshurst Fire Station in Lowestoft receive.

Click on the alerter message to be taken to our incidents page. You'll get more details about the incident and a link to our blog (if the job was worth writing about!).

After each shout we update our incident database which automatically updates your desktop alerter... Clever stuff, eh?

Just follow these instructions to install the Normanshurst Desktop Alerter on your PC desktop. There is absolutely no charge for using this feature. We're just happy that you marvel at the technological wizardry that brings you this stonkingly brilliant feature...

If your PC has Windows XP installed, try this:

  1. Right click on your PC's desktop
  2. Select Properties - usually the last choice in the pop up menu. A box appears called Display Properties.
  3. Select the Desktop tab
  4. Click on Customize Desktop button - that's a left click on the button towards the bottom left of this box
  5. Another box appears, called Desktop Items - select the Web tab
  6. Now select the New... button
  7. Type in this web address - - and then click OK
  8. Yet another box appears called Add item to active desktop - click on the OK button
  9. To finish... Close all the open boxes by clicking their OK buttons.

The Normanshurst Desktop Alerter should now be visible on your PC desktop. You can position it to suit your desktop by dragging and dropping the alerter window elsewhere on your desktop.

You may find that the alerter window covers the whole of your desktop, which isn't the effect we're after. To make the alerter window smaller move your mouse over the top part of your screen. A menu bar should be displayed which will allow you to resize the alerter window.

As usual, and to cover our backs, there is no guarantee with the Normanshurst Desktop Alerter, implicit or implied and we do not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage caused by adding this feature to your PC desktop.

And finally... a big thank you to Dan James, a retained firefighter at Tenbury in Herefordshire. Dan has added a pager to his website and I've drawn on his idea to develop the Normanshurst Desktop Alerter.