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
RegionEast Midlands
Agency overview
Chief Fire OfficerGavin Tomlinson
Facilities and equipment12
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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]


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

Station Number Station Name Duty System Appliances Callsigns
D01 Ilkeston Wholetime/On-Call 2x WLP, 1x PM+HVP D01P1, D01P2
D02 Long Eaton Wholetime/On-Call 2x WLP, 1x ICU, 1x BRCRU D02P1, D02P2, D02C1, D02S8
D03 Ripley On-Call 1x WLP D03P1
D04 Alfreton Wholetime/On-Call 2x WLP, 1x TRMog 1x RRU D04P1, D04P2, D04R2, D04R4
D05 Crich On-Call 1x WLP D05P1
D06 Belper On-Call 1x WLP, 1x NU+Pods (WP & BA) D06P1, D06T2
D07 Duffield On-Call 1x WLP D07P1
D08 Heanor On-Call 1x WLP D08P1
D09 Ascot Drive Wholetime 1x WLP, 1x ALP, 1x SACU D09P1, D09A1, D09S9
D10 Nottingham Road Wholetime 1x WLP, 1x PM+Pod (MRU) D10P1, D10T1
D11 Kingsway Wholetime 1x WLP, 1x WRU D11P1, D11R3
D12 Swadlincote Day Crewed/On-Call 2x WLP D12P1, D12P2
D13 Melbourne On-Call 1x WLP D13P1
D14 Buxton Wholetime/On-Call 1x WLP, 1x Mog, 1x WrC, 1x WRU, 1x CSU 1x ATV D14P1, D14M1, D14W1, D14R3, D14C1, D14T4
D15 New Mills On-Call 1x WLP, 1x MT D15P1, D15T4
D16 Glossop Day Crewed/On-Call 1x WLP, 1x Mog, 1x ATV D16P1, D16M1, D16T4
D17 Matlock Day Crewed/On-Call 1x WLP, 1x Mog D17P1, D17M1
D18 Whaley Bridge On-Call 1x WLP D18P1
D19 Chapel-En-Le-Frith On-Call 1x WLP D19P1
D20 Bradwell On-Call 1x WLP D20P1
D21 Hathersage On-Call 1x WLP D21P1
D22 Bakewell On-Call 1x WLP D22P1
D23 Ashbourne On-Call 1x WLP, 1x WFC, 1x RSV D23P1, D23W2, D23R6
D24 Wirksworth On-Call 1x WLP D24P1
D25 Chesterfield Wholetime 1x WLP, 1x ALP D25P1, D25A1
D26 Clay Cross On-Call 2x WLP, 1x WFC D26P1, D26P2, D26W2
D27 Dronfield On-Call 1x WLP D27P1
D28 Staveley Wholetime/On-Call 2x WLP, 1x PM+Pods (MRU, BA, Foam & ICS) D28P1, D28P2, D28T1
D29 Clowne On-Call 1x WLP D29P1
D30 Bolsover On-Call 1x WLP D30P1
D31 Shirebrook On-Call 1x WLP D31P1


  • Water Ladder Pump (WLP) - P1/P2
  • Unimog Off-Road Pump (Mog) - M1
  • Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP) - A1
  • Water Carrier (WrC) - W1
  • Water/Foam Carrier (WFC) - W2
  • Water Rescue Unit (WRU) - R3
  • Command Support Unit (CSU) - C1
  • Incident Command Unit (ICU) - C1
  • Technical Rescue Unimog (TRMog) - R4
  • Argocat All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) - T4
  • Moorland Trailer - (MT) - T4
  • Rope Rescue Unit (RRU) - R2
  • Road Traffic Collison Support Unit (RSV) - R6
  • Salvation Army Catering Unit (SACU) - S9
  • British Red Cross Relief Unit (BRCRU) - S8


  • Prime Mover (PM) - T1
  • Netras Unit Prime Mover (NU)
  • Major Rescue Unit Pod (MRU)
  • Breathing Apparatus Pod (BA)
  • Bulk Foam Pod (Foam)
  • Incident Command Support Pod (ICS)
  • High Volume Pump (HVP)
  • Welfare Pod (WP)

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 and its operational response from a forward command post at a sports field at the side of the reservoir. 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


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


  1. ^ Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service 2010, p. 7.

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