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.
|Established||1 April 1974|
|Annual calls||7,901 (2020–21)|
|Annual budget||£35.8 million (2020–21)|
|Chief Fire Officer||Jonathon Pryce|
|Facilities and equipment|
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's Chief Fire Officer is Jonathon Pryce, replacing Nathan Travis, who retired in March 2021.
In October 2019, HWFRS entered into a formal alliance with neighbouring Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service. 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.
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.
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:
|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?|
HWFRS splits its fire stations into three districts – North and South, both of which are located in Worcestershire, and West in Herefordshire.
Each fire station is crewed using one of three duty systems, or a combination:
- Wholetime – five fire stations are crewed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by full-time firefighters, 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.
- 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
The table below lists all the fire stations in the service together with their crewing system and appliances based there:
|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||
||Police & SARA|
|South||Broadway||Retained||Scania Fire Engine|
|South||Droitwich Spa||Day-crewed / Retained||
|South||Evesham||Day-crewed / Retained||
||Swift Water Rescue Team|
|South||Malvern||Day-crewed / Retained||
|South||Pebworth||Retained||MAN Fire Engine|
|South||Pershore||Retained||Scania Fire Engine||
|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||
||Swift Water Rescue 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||
||Swift Water Rescue Team|
|West||Kingsland||Retained||Scania Fire Engine||Guideline Laying Team|
|West||Kington||Retained||Scania Fire Engine|
|West||Leintwardine||Retained||Scania Fire Engine||Water First Responder Team|
||Water First Responder Team|
- "Fire Authority Annual Report 2020-2021" (PDF). Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
- Wilson, John (29 March 2021). "Herefordshire's new fire chief named". Hereford Times. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
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- "Fire Stations". Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
- "Wholetime firefighters". Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
- "On-call firefighters". Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
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