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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 750,000 people.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.jpeg
Operational area
Country England
Counties Herefordshire
 Worcestershire
Agency overview
Established1974 (1974)
Employees332
Annual budget£32.6 million[1]
Chief Fire OfficerNathan Travis
Facilities and equipment
Divisions3
Stations27
Engines41
Platforms2
Rescues1
USAR5 modules
Rescue boats4
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 Redditch 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 & The Wyre Forest stations are also home to the fire services realistic training facilities. 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 will be the new Wyre Forest Hub, which will have some of the best training facilities in the UK. It will also be 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 4 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 within Worcestershire have 1 appliance crewed for 12 hours a day by 2 watches 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

Day Crewed PlusEdit

The one solely Day Crew Plus Station (along with the second appliance from 2 other stations) have the 1 appliance crewed 24/7 by 4 watches of Blue, Red, Green & White, Working on a shift pattern on a self rostering system primarily consisting of two consecutive 24 hour shifts followed by 4 days off. they work within the station for 12 hours and then spend the night at an accommodation site within the station boundary.

RetainedEdit

All stations in Herefordshire & Worcester have Retained crews in which 19 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 50 hours a week.

Fire Stations/Appliances North District (Worcestershire)Edit

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
22 Stourport - On - Severn Retained/Jump Crewed 1x Scania WrL, 1x Mercedes EPU
23 Bewdley Retained 1x Scania WrL, 1x Land Rover Defender L4V+ATV
24 Kidderminster Wholetime/Retained/Jump Crewed/Volunteer 1x Scania HC WrT, 1x Scania HRP, 1x MAN PM+HVP, 1x MAN PM+HVHL, SARA
25 Bromsgrove Day Crew Plus/Retained 1x Scania WrT, 1x Scania HRP
27 Redditch Wholetime/Retained 1x Scania WrT, 1x Scania CP, 1x Scania HRP

Fire Stations/Appliances South District (Worcestershire)Edit

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
19 Droitwitch (USAR) Retained 1x SWRU+IrbT, 1x PCV, 1x SDU, 3x MAN PM for 5x USAR Pods
21 Worcester Wholetime*/Day Crew Plus /Retained 1x Scania WrT, 1x Scania WrL, 1x Scania HRP, 1x Scania ALP, 1x Mercedes SWRU+IrbT*
26 Droitwich Spa Day Crewed*/Retained/Jump Crewed* 1x Scania HC WrL, 1x Scania UHRP*, 1x Iveco ISV*, 1x Mercedes SWRU*, 1x Vauxhall FIU, 1x Mercedes YFT, 2x Dennis TA
28 Evesham Day Crewed*/Retained/Jump crewed* 1x Scania HC WrL, 1x Scania HRP, 1x Scania WRC* 1x Mercedes SWRU+IrbT*
29 Pebworth Retained 1x MAN WrL
30 Broadway Retained 1x Scania HRP
31 Pershore Retained 1x Scania WrLa, 1x WMA
32 Upton-Upon-Severn Retained 1x MAN CRP
41 Malvern Day Crewed*/Retained/Jump Crewed* 1x Scania HC HRP, 1x Scania WrT, 1x Land Rover Defender L4V+ATV*, 1x Mercedes LiRU*, 1x Dennis CSU*, 1x RCSV
53 Tenbury Wells Retained 1x Scania HC HRP

Fire Stations/Appliances West District (Herefordshire)Edit

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
42 Ledbury Retained/Jump Crewed* 1x Scania HC HRP, 1x Scania WRC*
43 Fownhope Retained 1x MAN WrL
44 Ross-On-Wye Retained 1x MAN CRP, 1x Scania HC WrL, 1x Mercedes RAV
45 Whitchurch Retained 1x Scania HRP, 1x Mercedes RAV
46 Hereford Wholetime/Day Crew Plus*/Retained/Jump Crewed* 1x MAN & Scania WrL, 1x Scania UHRP*, 1x Scania ALP*, 1x Mercedes SWRU+IrbT*, 1x Land Rover L4V, 1x BB
47 Ewyas Harald Retained 1x Dennis HRP
48 Eardisley Retained 1x Dennis WrL
49 Kington Retained 1x Scania HRP
50 Leintwardine Retained 1x Scania HC HRP
51 Kingsland Retained 1x Scania HC WrL
52 Leominster Retained/Jump Crewed 1x Scania HC WrL, 1x MAN HRP, 1x WRC
54 Bromyard Retained 1x Dennis WrT, 1x Scania HRPA
55 Peterchurch Retained 1x Scania HRP

New Fire StationsEdit

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances Year to be built
TBA Wyre Forest Hub Wholetime/Retained/Jump Crewed/ Volunteer 1x Scania WrL, 1x Scania WrT, 1x Scania HC WrT, 1x Scania HRP, 1x Mercedes EPU, 1x Land Rover L4V + ATV, 1x CSU, 1x MAN PM+HPV, 1x MAN PM+HPHV, SARA 2019
30 Broadway Retained 1x Scania HRP 2020

Fire Appliance Glossary/CallsignsEdit

  • Pump, Standard firefighting appliance based on either; Dennis Sabre, MAN, Scania P94D 260, Scania P280 & Scania P320 chassis (WrT - Without 135 Ladder & WrL - With 135 Ladder): 1 / 3
  • Pump/Heavy Rescue Pump With Animal Rescue, Modified Scania pump to carry animal rescue equipment (WrLa, HRPA): 1 / 2
  • Heavy Rescue Pump, WrL with heavy cutting equipment, some also have rescue platforms instead of a 135 ladder. They are based on either; Dennis Sabre, MAN, Scania P94D 260, Scania P280 & Scania P320 chassis (HRP): 2
  • Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) Pump, custom Scania P280 Pump with a modified locker to deliver compressed foam (CP) 3
  • Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) Rescue Pump, MAN Rescue Pump with a modified locker to deliver compressed foam, the 1 appliance also has a Rescue Platform instead of a 135 Ladder (CRP) 2
  • Ultra Heavy Rescue Pump, Modified Scania P280 Rescue Pump, that carries ultra heavy lifting gear instead of a ladder (UHRP): 2
  • High Capacity Pump/Rescue Pump, a Scania P320 pump which has a 3000L water tank & a 3000L portable dam & battery operated cutting gear (HC WrT, HC WrL, HC HRP) 1/2/3
  • Young Firefighters Tender, Mercedes Atego & older variants of a Dennis Sabre pump used in youth activities (YFT): N/A
  • Training Appliance, older variants of a Dennis Sabre Pump used in core training (TA): N/A
  • Restricted Access Vehicle, a Mercedes Sprinter with 4x4 capabilities to access incidents that cannot be reached with a standard appliance, they also carry a CAFS system (RAV): 5
  • Water Carrier, Scania P94 & Scania P310 chassis loaded with a large tank of water to supply at incidents with either a weak or no water source (WrC): 7
  • Aerial Ladder Platform, custom Scania P270 chassis with a Bronto Skylift (ALP): 6
  • Light 4x4 Vehicle, a custom Land Rover Defender used for off-road firefighting (L4V): 5,
  • Light 4x4 Vehicle + All Terrain vehicle, As above but with a Crayford Argocat 8x8 used for off-road rescues (L4V+ATV): 4 / 5
  • Swift Water Rescue Unit + Inshore Rescue Boat (SWRU+IrbT): 5
  • Command Support Unit, Converted Dennis bus used as a Base Of Operations at large scale incidents (CSU): 8
  • Environmental Protection Unit, A Mercedes Sprinter operated by both the H&WFRS & the Environment Agency at incidents that affect nature and dangerous chemicals (EPU): 8
  • Incident Support Vehicle (ISV): 8
  • Line Rescue Unit, A Mercedes Sprinter loaded with mountain rescue essentials (LiRU): 9
  • Prime Mover + High Volume Pump (PM+HVP): M10
  • Prime Mover + High Volume Hose Layer (PM+HVHL): P10
  • Fire Investigation Unit (FIU)
  • Red Cross Support Vehicle (RCSV)
  • West Midlands Ambulance Standby (WMA)
  • Blood Bike Standby (BB)
  • 'SARA' Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA)

CBRN Response:

Urban Search & Rescue (USAR):

  • Search & Rescue Dog Unit (SDU): S136
  • Personnel Carrier Vehicle (PCV): S138
  • Prime Mover (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 meat packing plant in which 2 firemen from Hereford and Leominster stations were sadly found dead after interior piping fell onto them whilst fighting the fire inside

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