Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service for the county of Derbyshire, England.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service
Operational area
Country United Kingdom
Country England
County Derbyshire
Agency overview
Chief Fire OfficerGavin Tomlinson
Facilities and equipment
Official website


The Fire Services Act 1947 created two brigades for Derbyshire - the County Borough of Derby Fire Brigade and the Derbyshire Fire Service. In 1974, local government reorganisation led to the creation of a single organisation for the county - Derbyshire Fire Service. The word 'rescue' was added to the title in the early 1990s to reflect the changing responsibilities of the service.[1]


Ilkeston fire station

There are 31 fire stations currently in operation with the service, consisting of:

  • Buxton, Wholetime/Retained
  • Chesterfield, Wholetime
  • Staveley, Wholetime/Retained
  • Alfreton, Wholetime/Retained
  • Ilkeston, Wholetime/Retained
  • Kingsway, Wholetime
  • Nottingham Road, Wholetime
  • Ascot Drive, Wholetime
  • Long Eaton, Wholetime/Retained
  • Glossop, Weekday Plus/Retained
  • Matlock, Weekday Plus/Retained
  • Swadlincote, Day Crewed/Retained
  • New Mills, Retained
  • Whaley Bridge, Retained
  • Chapel En Le Frith, Retained
  • Bradwell, Retained
  • Hathersage, Retained
  • Dronfield, Retained
  • Clowne, Retained
  • Bakewell, Retained
  • Bolsover, Retained
  • Shirebrook, Retained
  • Clay Cross, Retained
  • Ashbourne, Retained
  • Wirksworth, Retained
  • Crich, Retained
  • Ripley, Retained
  • Belper, Retained
  • Heanor, Retained
  • Duffield, Retained
  • Melbourne, Retained


There are a total of 58 front-line fire engines used by the Service, located at all of the stations. The specialist appliance fleet consists of (with stations they are based at in brackets):

  • 2 Aerial Ladder Platforms (Chesterfield and Ascot Drive)
  • 3 Water Rescue Units (Training Centre, Kingsway and Buxton)
  • 2 Major Rescue Units (Staveley and Nottingham Road)
  • 2 Water/Foam Carriers (Clay Cross and Ashbourne)
  • 1 Water Carrier (Buxton)
  • 1 Forward Control Unit (Buxton)
  • 1 Unimog (Alfreton)
  • 1 Command Unit (Long Eaton)
  • 1 High-Volume Pump (Ilkeston)
  • 1 Environmental Unit (HQ)
  • 1 Fire Investigation Dog Unit (HQ)
  • 1 Rope Rescue Unit (Alfreton)[2]
  • 2 BA Support Pods (Staveley, Belper)
  • 1 Foam Response Unit Pod (Staveley)
  • 1 Command Support Pod (Staveley)
  • 1 Welfare Pod (Belper)

Notable IncidentsEdit

  • Derbyshire Fire and Rescue service were heavily involved in the coordination and response to the near-dam collapse incident at Toddbrook Reservoir, Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire. The service operated its strategic response out of a holding area based at Buxton fire station. On 1 August 2019, a major incident was declared and 1,500 residents were evacuated from parts of Whaley Bridge, Furness Vale and New Mills after concrete slabs on the 1969 overflow spillway were partially dislodged by high volumes of water following several days of heavy rain. The Environment Agency issued a 'danger to life' warning due to the possibility of the dam collapsing. High-volume pumps were deployed to take water from the reservoir to prevent it from overflowing and reduce pressure on the dam. An RAF Chinook helicopter dropped 400 tonnes of aggregate into the damaged area and specialist contractors added concrete grouting between the bags of ballast to bind them together to support the spillway.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service 2010, p. 7.
  2. ^ Types of fire appliances (accessed 2 Feb '07) Archived 2007-02-06 at the Wayback Machine


  • Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (2010). "The History of Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service", Internal Publication.