Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service

The Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service covering Herefordshire and Worcestershire in the West Midlands region of England. The two counties consist of around 1,500 square miles, and a population of over 784,000 people.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
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Operational area
Country England
Counties Herefordshire
 Worcestershire
Agency overview
Established1st April 1974
Employees332
Annual budget£35.4 Million
Chief Fire OfficerNathan Travis
Facilities and equipment
Divisions3
Stations25
Engines41
Platforms2
USAR5 modules
Rescue boats3
Website
Official website

The service was created in 1974 when The County Of Hereford Fire Brigade and The Worcester City & County Fire Brigade were merged to create The County Of Hereford and Worcester Fire Brigade. The two counties were split up again in 1998 but the fire service remained, and is now run by a joint fire authority.

The service has 332 wholetime operational staff, 369 retained (part-time) staff, 21 Fire Control staff, as well as about 98 non-uniformed support staff. The busiest areas of Hereford and Worcester fire & rescue is Worcester and Wyre Forest both averaging roughly 1,500 call outs a year, the least busiest areas being Peterchurch and Fownhope averaging between 10-20 callouts a year. Evesham, Peterchurch & Wyre Forest stations are also home to the fire services realistic training facilities. Retained Firefighters from Herefordshire train at Peterchurch Fire Station and The main training centre is at Droitwich fire station, and more complex training is undertaken at the Fire Service College in Moreton In Marsh. The smallest station in the area is Broadway which is a small garage sitting off a narrow lane & the largest station is Wyre Forest, which has some of the best training facilities in the UK. It's also home to 4 pumps & 6 more vehicles, including a brand new Command Unit and Drone team

Neighbouring fire services include: Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Mid and West Wales, South Wales and the West Midlands.

Shift PatternsEdit

WholetimeEdit

The 5 Wholetime Fire Stations within Herefordshire & Worcestershire have 1 appliance crewed 24/7 by 4 watches of; Blue, Red, Green & White, working on a shift pattern of two 9 hour day shifts and two 15 hour night shifts followed by four days off.

Day CrewedEdit

The 3 Day Crewed Stations (along with the second appliance from Hereford & Worcester) have 1 appliance crewed for 12 hours a day by 2 watches of Alpha and Bravo, working on a shift pattern of four 12 hour shifts (from 7:00-19:00) then four days off. The appliance is manned by the retained crews at night

RetainedEdit

All stations in Herefordshire & Worcester have Retained crews in which 17 are solely retained. Retained firefighters are part-time and have to live or work within 5 minutes of the station and be available for up to 120 hours a week.

Fire Stations/Appliances North District (Worcestershire)Edit

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances/Callsigns Specialist Skills Shared Site
24 Wyre Forest Wholetime*/Retained/Volunteer 241 Scania HC WrL*
242 Scania HRP*
243 Scania WrT
244 Scania WrT*
245 Land Rover L4V
248 Mercedes EPU
TBA CSU*
MAN PM+HPV
MAN PM+HPHV
SARA
Water First Responders, Drone Team Yes; SARA & Police
25 Bromsgrove Wholetime*/Retained 251 Scania WrL
252 Scania CAFS HRP*
None Yes; Police
27 Redditch Wholetime*/Retained 271 Scania WrL
272 Scania HRP*
273 Scania CAFS WrL
Water First Responders No

Fire Stations/Appliances South District (Worcestershire)Edit

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances/Callsigns Specialist Skills Shared Site
21 Worcester Wholetime*/Day Crewed*/Retained 211 Scania WrL*
212 Scania HRP*
213 Iveco CA
215 Mercedes SWRU+IrbT*
216 Scania ALP*
Swift Water Rescue Team No
26 Droitwich Spa & USAR Day Crewed*/Retained 261 Scania HC WrL
262 Scania UHRP*
265 Mercedes SWRU*
268 Iveco ISV
269 Mercedes LiRU
Vauxhall FIU
Mercedes YFT
2x Dennis TA
USAR:
SWRU+IrbT
PCV
SDU
3x MAN PM
5x USAR Pods
Urban Search And Rescue, Rope Rescue Team No
28 Evesham Day Crewed*/Retained 281 Scania HC WrL
282 Scania HRP*
2851x Mercedes SWRU+IrbT*
287 Scania WRC*
288 Mercedes EPU
Swift Water Rescue Team No
29 Pebworth Retained 291 MAN WrL None No
30 Broadway Retained 302 Scania HRP None No
31 Pershore Retained 311 Scania WrLa
1x WMA
Animal Rescue Team, Water First Responders Yes; Ambulance
32 Upton-Upon-Severn Retained 322 Scania CAFS HRP Water First Responders No
41 Malvern Day Crewed*/Retained 411 Scania WrT
412 Scania HC HRP*
415 Land Rover Defender L4V+ATV*
418 1x Dennis CSU*
419 1x Mercedes LiRU*, 1x RCSV
Rope Rescue Team, Water First Responders No
53 Tenbury Wells Retained 532 Scania HC HRP Water First Responders No

Fire Stations/Appliances West District (Herefordshire)Edit

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances/Callsigns Specialist Skills Shared Site
42 Ledbury Retained 422 Scania HC HRP
428 Mercedes ICU
Drone Team No
43 Fownhope Retained 431 MAN WrL None No
44 Ross-On-Wye Retained 441 Scania CAFS WrL
442 MAN HRP
445 Mercedes RAV
Water First Responders No
45 Whitchurch Retained 452 Scania HRP
455 Mercedes RAV
None No
46 Hereford Wholetime*/Day Crewed*/Retained 461 1x Scania HC WrL*
462 Scania UHRP*
463 MAN WrT
466 Scania ALP*,
465 Mercedes SWRU+IrbT*
468 Land Rover L4V
BB
Swift Water Rescue Team No
47 Ewyas Harold Retained 472 Scania HRP None No
48 Eardisley Retained 481 Scania WrL None No
49 Kington Retained 492 Scania HRP None No
50 Leintwardine Retained 502 Scania HC HRP Water First Responders No
51 Kingsland Retained 511 Scania HC WrL Guideline Laying Team No
52 Leominster Retained 521 Scania HC WrL
522 MAN HRP
527 Scania WRC
None No
54 Bromyard Retained 541 Iveco CA
542 Scania HRPA
Animal Rescue Team, Water First Responders No
55 Peterchurch Retained 552 MAN HRP
557 Scania WRC
None Yes; Police

Fire Appliance Glossary/CallsignsEdit

PumpEdit

Standard firefighting appliance based on either

  • 2008 MAN TGL 12.250
  • 2005 Scania P94D 260
  • 2010-2012, 2016 Scania P280

Key/Callsign = WrT - Without 135 Ladder (1/3/4) & WrL - With 135 Ladder (1/3)

Heavy Rescue PumpEdit

A WrL with heavy cutting equipment, some also have rescue platforms instead of a 135 ladder. They are based on either

  • 2008 MAN TGL 12.250
  • 2005 Scania P94D 260
  • 2010-2012, 2016 Scania P280

Key/Callsign = HRP (2)

Pump/Heavy Rescue Pump With Animal RescueEdit

A Modified pump which has a specific locker to carry animal rescue equipment. They're based on either

  • 2005 Scania P94D 260
  • 2010 Scania P280

Key/Callsign = WrLa (1), HRPA (2)

Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) Pump/Rescue PumpEdit

A pump or heavy rescue pump which has a modified locker or pump bay to pump specialist compressed foam. They are based on either

  • 2012 Scania P280
  • 2020 Scania P320

Key/Callsign = CAFS WrL (1/3), CAFS HRP (2)

Ultra Heavy Rescue PumpEdit

A Rescue Pump, that carries ultra heavy lifting gear instead of a ladder. It's currently based on

  • 2012 Scania P280
  • Key/Callsign = UHRP (2)

High Capacity Pump/Rescue PumpEdit

A pump which has a 3000L water tank & a 3000L portable dam & battery operated cutting gear. It is based on

  • 2018 Scania P320

Key/Callsign = HC WrT (1/3), HC WrL(1/3), HC HRP (2)

Compact ApplianceEdit

A pump which is smaller than a standard appliance, but still carries 93% of the equipment. It is based on

  • 2019-2020 Iveco Daily

Key/Callsign = (CA): 1/3

Young Firefighters Tender/Training ApplianceEdit

Spare pumps that are no longer operational that are used in youth activities and core training. They are based on either

  • 1998-2000 Dennis Sabre
  • 2001 Mercedes Atego Mk1

Key = YFT/TA

Reserve PumpsEdit

The current reserve pumps are

  • 2001-2004 Dennis Sabre
  • 2005 Scania P94D 260

Restricted Access VehicleEdit

An appliance with 4x4 capabilities to access incidents that cannot be reached with a standard appliance, they also carry a CAFS system. They're Based on

  • 2006 Mercedes Sprinter

Key/Callsign = RAV (5)

Water CarrierEdit

An appliance loaded with a 8000L tank of water to supply at incidents with either a weak or no water source. They're based on either

  • 2003 Scania P94 300
  • 2010 Scania P310

Key/Callsign = WrC (7)

Aerial Ladder PlatformEdit

An appliance with a Bronto Skylift. It is based on

  • 2007 Scania P310

Light 4x4 VehicleEdit

an appliance used for off-road firefighting. It can also pull a Crayford Argocat and rescue boats. It's currently based on

  • 2009-2013 Land Rover Defender

Key = L4V (5/8), L4V+ATV (5)

Swift Water Rescue Unit + Inshore Rescue BoatEdit

A specialised unit & boat which is focused on water related incidents. It is based on

  • 2010, 2013 Mercedes Sprinter

Key/Callsign = SWRU+IrbT (5)

Incident Command/CommandSupport UnitEdit

An appliance used as a Base Of Operations at large scale incidents. Its based on

  • 2000 Dennis Dart Bus
  • 2020 Mercedes Sprinter

Key/Callsign = CSU/ICU (8)

Environmental Protection UnitEdit

A specialised unit jointly operated by both the H&WFRS & the Environment Agency at incidents that affect nature and dangerous chemicals. It is based on

  • 2010 Mercedes Sprinter

Key/Callsign = EPU (8)

Incident Support VehicleEdit

An appliance which delivers extra equipment or personal facilities at large incidents. It is based on

  • 2016 Iveco Daily

Key/Callsign = ISV (8)

Line Rescue UnitEdit

A specialised unit loaded with mountain rescue essentials. It is based on

  • 2010 Mercedes Sprinter

Key/Callsign = LiRU (9)

High Volume Pumping UnitEdit

A specialised unit provided by the Government to pump or remove large amounts of water at an incident. The unit consists of

  • 2004 MAN Prime Mover + High Volume Pump Pod

Key/Callsign = PM+HVP (M10)

  • 2004 MAN Prime Mover + High Volume Hose Layer Pod

Key/Callsign = PM+HVHL (P10)

Fire Investigation UnitEdit

A unit which investigates the cause of suspicious or large scale fires Key = FIU

Red Cross Support VehicleEdit

A volunteer unit which cares for those affected by an incident Key = RCSV

West Midlands Ambulance StandbyEdit

Some of the Fire Stations allocate empty appliance bays for the West Midlands Ambulace Service to standby at. Key = WMA

Blood Bike StandbyEdit

An allocated place for blood bikers to standby inbetween calls Key =(BB)

'SARA'Edit

Where Hereford & Worcesters branch of Severn Area Rescue Association are located.

CBRN ResponseEdit

Urban Search & Rescue (USAR)Edit

  • Search & Rescue Dog Unit

Key/Callsign = SDU (S136)

  • Personnel Carrier Vehicle

Key/Callsign = PCV (S138)

  • 2004 MAN Prime Mover

Key/Callsign PM (M54/M55/M56)

Pods:

  • Module 1 - Technical Search Equipment
  • Module 2 - Heavy Transport, Confined Space & Hot Cutting
  • Module 3 - Breaching & Breaking Equipment
  • Module 4 - Multi Purpose Vehicle
  • Module 5 - Shoring Operations

Rank StructureEdit

Rank Role
Firefighter Carrying out day-to-day duties within the station and firefighting
Crew Commander In charge of 1 fire appliance at a Wholetime/Day crewed station, in charge of a watch at retained stations & in charge of incidents with 1 appliance
Watch Commander In charge of a watch at Wholetime/Day Crewed/Retained Stations & in charge of incidents with 2-3 appliances
Station Commander In charge of 2 or more Stations and takes command at incidents with more than 3 appliances
Group Commander In charge of a group of stations in an area & takes command of incidents with more than 8 appliances
Area Commander In charge of all stations either in Herefordshire or Worcestershire & takes charge at incidents with more than 10 appliances
Assistant Chief Fire Officer In charge of the brigade when both the CFO & DCFO are unavailable & will take charge at incidents with more than 12 appliances
Deputy Chief Fire Officer In charge of the brigade when the CFO is unavailable, Commander of the High Volume Pumping Unit & takes charge of incidents with more than 15 appliances
Chief Fire Officer In charge of the brigade & will take charge of incidents with more than 15 appliances

Notable IncidentsEdit

  • Sun Valley Fire Hereford 6/9/1993 (23 Pumps & 130 Firefighters From 3 Brigades) The largest fire in the services history at a poultry processing plant in which sadly, 2 firemen from Hereford and Leominster stations were found dead after interior piping fell onto them whilst fighting the fire inside
  • Redditch Tesco Fire 4/8/2001 (22 Pumps & 150 firefighters)
  • Toddbrook Reservoir Dam 1/8/2019-6/8/2019 (All 10 High Volume Pumping Units in the UK & 150 Firefighters) Part of the Toddbrook Resovoir Dam was severely flood damaged and was at heavy risk of collapse. As a result, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue ordered every High Volume Pumping Unit in the UK to take in over a million tonnes of water from the Dam to reduce the risk of flash flooding. They remained there for 5 days until the water level was down to 25% and essential repairs were completed

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