Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service

The Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is the statutory fire and rescue service covering Herefordshire and Worcestershire in the West Midlands region of England. The service covers an area of 1,514 square miles (3,920 km2), and a population of around 780,000 people.[3]

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
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Operational area
CountryEngland
CountiesHerefordshire
Worcestershire
Agency overview
Established1 April 1974
Annual calls7,901 (2020–21)[1]
Employees
  • 228 wholetime firefighters
  • 379 retained firefighters
  • 22 Fire Control staff
  • 119 support staff
(2021)[1]
Annual budget£35.8 million (2020–21)[1]
Chief Fire OfficerJonathon Pryce[2]
Facilities and equipment
Divisions3
Stations25
Engines41
Platforms2
USAR5 modules
Rescue boats3
Website
www.hwfire.org.uk Edit this at Wikidata

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.[1]

OperationsEdit

The service's Chief Fire Officer is Jonathon Pryce, replacing Nathan Travis, who retired in March 2021.[2]

In October 2019, HWFRS entered into a formal alliance with neighbouring Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.[4] The alliance covers procurement, following previous cooperation on computer systems, fire control and risk management. In June 2020, the two services announced that they were considering a single fire control centre.[5]

HWFRS 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 and rescue is Worcester and Wyre Forest both averaging roughly 1,500 call outs a year, the least busiest areas being Peterchurch and Fownhope averaging 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. It is also home to four pumps and six more vehicles, including a Command Unit and Drone team

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

PerformanceEdit

In 2018/2019, every fire and rescue service in England and Wales was subjected to a statutory inspection by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HIMCFRS). The inspection investigated how well the service performs in each of three areas. On a scale of outstanding, good, requires improvement and inadequate, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service was rated as follows:[6]

HMICFRS Inspection Hereford and Worcester 2018/19
Area Rating Description
Effectiveness Good How effective is the fire and rescue service at keeping people safe and secure from fire and other risks?
Efficiency Requires Improvement How efficient is the fire and rescue service at keeping people safe and secure from fire and other risks?
People Requires Improvement How well does the fire and rescue service look after its people?

Fire stationsEdit

HWFRS splits its fire stations into three districts – North and South, both of which are located in Worcestershire, and West in Herefordshire.[7]

Each fire station is crewed using one of three duty systems, or a combination:[7]

  • Wholetime – five fire stations are crewed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by full-time firefighters,[8] working on a variety of shift patterns of two nine-hour day shifts and two 15-hour night shifts followed by four days off.
  • Retained – the majority of fire stations use retained firefighters, who are on call and live or work within five minutes of the station.[9]
  • Day-crewed – three day-crewed stations are crewed for 12 hours a day by full-time firefighters working on a shift pattern of four 12-hour shifts (07:00–19:00) then four days off. The fire station is crewed by the retained firefighters at night

As of 2021, there were 228 wholetime and 379 retained firefighters across the 25 fire stations.[1]

The table below lists all the fire stations in the service together with their crewing system and appliances based there:[7]

District Station Name Duty System Appliances Specialist Skills Shared Site?
North Bromsgrove Wholetime / Retained 2 x Scania Fire Engines Police
North Redditch Wholetime / Retained 3 x Scania Fire Engines Water First Responder Team
North Wyre Forest Wholetime / Retained
  • 4 x Scania Fire Engines
  • Land Rover off-road firefighting vehicle
  • Environmental Protection Unit
  • High Volume Pumping Unit with 2 x Prime Movers
  • Mistubishi L200 utility vehicle
  • Command Support Unit
  • Drone Team
  • Water First Responders
Police & SARA
South Broadway Retained Scania Fire Engine
South Droitwich Spa Day-crewed / Retained
  • Scania Ultra Heavy Rescue Fire Engine
  • Scania Fire Engine
  • Incident Support Vehicle
  • Water Rescue Sprinter
  • 3 x MAN Prime Mover Units
  • Urban Search & Resue Modules
  • DEFRA Water Rescue Boats
  • Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team
  • Rope Rescue Team
South Evesham Day-crewed / Retained
  • 2 x Scania Fire Engines
  • Scania Water Carrier
  • Water Rescue Sprinter
  • Emergency Rescue Boat
  • Workboat
Swift Water Rescue Team
South Malvern Day-crewed / Retained
  • 2 x Scania Fire Engines
  • Command Support Unit
  • Land Rover Off Road Firefighting Vehicle
  • Rope Rescue Sprinter
  • Argocat ATV
  • Rope Rescue Team
  • Water First Responder Team
South Pebworth Retained MAN Fire Engine
South Pershore Retained Scania Fire Engine
  • Animal Rescue Team
  • Water First Responder Team
Ambulance
South Tenbury Wells Retained Scania Fire Engine Water First Responder Team
South Upton-upon-Severn Retained MAN Fire Appliance Water First Responder Team
South Worcester Wholetime / Retained
  • 3 x Scania Fire Engines
  • Aerial Ladder Platform
  • Water Rescue Sprinter
  • Emergency Rescue Boat
  • Workboat
Swift Water Rescue Team
West Bromyard Retained
  • Scania Fire Engine
  • Dennis Sabre Fire Engine
  • Animal Rescue Team
  • Water First Responder Team
West Eardisley Retained Dennis Sabre Fire Engine
West Ewyas Harold Retained Dennis Sabre Fire Engine
West Fownhope Retained MAN Fire Engine
West Hereford Wholetime / Retained
  • Scania Ultra Heavy Rescue Fire Engine
  • MAN Fire Engine
  • Scania Fire Engine
  • Aerial Ladder Platform
  • Water Rescue Sprinter
  • Land Rover Off Road Firefighting Vehicle
Swift Water Rescue Team
West Kingsland Retained Scania Fire Engine Guideline Laying Team
West Kington Retained Scania Fire Engine
West Ledbury Retained
  • Scania Fire Engine
  • Scania Water Carrier
West Leintwardine Retained Scania Fire Engine Water First Responder Team
West Leominster Retained
  • MAN Fire Engine
  • Scania Fire Engine
  • Scania Water Carrier
West Peterchurch Retained
  • Scania Fire Engine
  • Restricted Access Vehicle
Police
West Ross-On-Wye Retained
  • Man Fire Engine
  • Scania Fire Engine
  • Restricted Access Vehicle
Water First Responder Team
West Whitchurch Retained
  • Scania Fire Engine
  • Restricted Access Vehicle

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Fire Authority Annual Report 2020-2021" (PDF). Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b Wilson, John (29 March 2021). "Herefordshire's new fire chief named". Hereford Times. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service". HMICFRS. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service". BBC News. 17 October 2019. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service". BBC News. 24 June 2020. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Hereford and Worcester 2018/19". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HIMCFRS). 20 December 2018. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  7. ^ a b c "Fire Stations". Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Wholetime firefighters". Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  9. ^ "On-call firefighters". Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 29 March 2021.

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