Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue (LFR) is the statutory fire and rescue service serving the non-metropolitan county of Lincolnshire in the East Midlands Region of the UK. This does not include North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, which are covered by Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service
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Operational area
Country England
County Lincolnshire
Agency overview
Established1974 (1974)
Chief Fire OfficerLes Britzman (Interim)
Facilities and equipment
Official website

The area covered is large and mainly rural, with LFR coming under the authority of Lincolnshire County Council. Lincoln is the only City within the area, as well as large towns such as Grantham, Boston, Skegness, Spalding and Gainsborough. The rest of the area's inhabitants are spread over other medium-sized towns and villages, linked by rural roads that have one of the highest RTC (Road Traffic Collision) rates in the United Kingdom.

East Coast Flooding is one of the main risks to the area, seen in the 2013 east coast tidal surge, where the town of Boston and surrounding areas of southern Lincolnshire and Norfolk were affected.


The service employs approximately 900 firefighters and staff, with around 250 full-time firefighters. The county's 38 fire stations are allocated to one of three Divisions (East, West and South). The majority of Lincolnshire is covered by retained duty staff (RDS), who attend on a call-out basis. The retained staff are supported by full-time firefighters (wholetime) based at 9 different stations around the county. They also offer specialist skills and equipment, such as rope/high-line rescue, water rescue, animal rescues etc. Lincolnshire firefighters have supported rescue efforts nationally, such as in the floods of 2007 and most recently the Berkshire flooding in 2014 and Cumbria/North Yorkshire floods of 2015. The headquarters are now part of a joint Police and Fire HQ based at the Lincolnshire Police Headquarters in Nettleham (Just outside of Lincoln). The county boasts its Waddington Training Facility located to the south of the city using a former part of the RAF Waddington site, allowing realistic training environments used by many other fire services and organisations.


Prior to 1974, when Lincolnshire was administratively three separate counties, there were three fire brigades for the geographic county, covering Kesteven, Holland and Lindsey, with Lindsey being the biggest, which formed in 1948. Grimsby had its own Grimsby Borough Fire Brigade. After 1974, much of the Lindsey Fire Brigade with Grimsby became part of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, and still is today. Prior to 1974, this would have covered two large oil refineries at Immingham and other large fire risks - indeed the Flixborough disaster in June 1974, the largest civilian explosion in the UK, took place soon after the separation of counties in the new Humberside area, although the Lincolnshire Fire Service, in nearby Gainsborough, would have been called for assistance.

Fire Stations/AppliancesEdit

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has 38 Fire Stations:

  • 9 Wholetime Duty System Stations (WDS) - Manned by full-time firefighters either on a 24/7 shift system or 'Lincs Crewing System'. (explained below)
  • 29 Retained Duty System Stations (RDS) - Manned by on-call firefighters.

Currently there is only 1 wholetime station (Lincoln South) that works the 24/7 shift system. This station has 4 Watches (Red, Blue, Green and White) that work 2 days followed by 2 nights, and then have 4 rest days.

The other 8 wholetime stations around the county now work the 'Lincolnshire Crewing System'. Each station has 10 wholetime personnel which work their shifts so they are generally on duty for 4 days then with 4 rest days. The days they are on duty they provide wholetime night cover from purpose built living accommodation that is in close proximity to the station. Therefore, the first appliance is always crewed by wholetime personnel.

Each wholetime station in Lincolnshire also has an RDS (On-Call) attachment that crew the second appliances and support the WDS staff.

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
EC01 Alford Retained 1x WrLR
EC02 Bardney Retained 1x WrLR 1x WSU
EC03 Billingborough Retained 1x WrLR, 1x CRV
EC04 Billinghay Retained 1x WrLR
EC05 Binbrook Retained 1x WrLR
EC06 Boston Wholetime/Retained 2x WrLR, 1x ALP, 1x WRU (Inc 2x RIB), 1x FloodRes
EC07 Bourne Retained 1x WrLR, 1x RIB, 1x CRV
EC08 Brant Broughton Retained 1x WrLR
EC09 Caistor Retained 1x WrLR
EC10 Corby Glen Retained 1x WrLR
EC11 Crowland Retained 1x WrLR, 1x CRV
EC12 Donington Retained 1x WrLR, 1x HVP/HVHL*
EC13 Gainsborough Wholetime/Retained 2x WrLR, 1x WRU (Inc 2x RIB), 1x FloodRes, 1x HVP/HVHL*
EC14 Grantham Wholetime/Retained 2x WrLR, 1x RSU, 1x CRV, 1x HVP/HVHL*, 1x FESU
EC15 Holbeach Retained 1x WrLR, 1x WrC, 1x CRV
EC16 Horncastle Retained 1x WrLR, 1x CRV
EC17 Kirton Retained 1x WrLR, 1x CRV
EC18 Leverton Retained 1x WrLR, 1x CRV
EC19 Lincoln North Wholetime/Retained 2x WrLR, 1x RSU, 1x WRU (Inc 2x RIB)
EC20 Lincoln South Wholetime/Retained 2x WrLR, 1x ALP, 1x IRU, 1x FESU
EC21 Long Sutton Retained 1x WrLR, 1x Amb
EC22 Louth Wholetime/Retained 2x WrLR, 1x WRU (Inc 2 x RIB), 1x CRV
EC23 Mablethorpe Retained 1x WrLR
EC24 Market Deeping Retained 1x WrLR, 1x CRV
EC25 Market Rasen Retained 1x WrLR, 1x CSU
EC26 Metheringham Retained 1x WrLR
EC27 North Hykeham Retained 1x WrLR
EC28 North Somercoats Retained 1x WrLR, 1x CRV
EC29 Saxilby Retained 1x WrLR 1 x CRV
EC30 Skegness Wholetime/Retained 2x WrLR, 1x ALP, 1x TRV
EC31 Sleaford Wholetime (inc USAR)/Retained 2x WrLR, 1x CRV, 1x TRV, 1x TSU, 1x SDU, 3x PM+5x USAR Pods
EC32 Spalding Wholetime/Retained 2x WrLR, 1x WRU (Inc 2x RIB)
EC33 Spilsby Retained 1x WrLR
EC34 Stamford Retained 2x WrLR, 1x Amb
EC35 Waddington Retained 1x WrLR
EC36 Wainfleet Retained 1x WrLR
EC37 Woodhall Spa Retained 1x WrLR, 1x RIB, 1x Amb
EC38 Wragby Retained 1x WrLR, 1x CRV

Fire Appliance GlossaryEdit

  • WrLR - Water Ladder Rescue: P1/P2
  • WSU - Welfare Support Unit
  • ALP - Aerial Ladder Platform
  • WRU - Water Rescue Unit
  • RIB - Rigid Inflatable Boat
  • RSU - Rescue Support Unit
  • HVP/HVHL - High Volume Pump/High Volume Hose layer (*Shared on rolling basis between 3 stations throughout year to maintain competency)
  • CRV - Co-Responder Vehicle (Working with East Midlands Ambulance Service)
  • Amb - Fire Ambulance (Part of the Joint Ambulance Conveyance Project with East Midlands Ambulance Service, explained more below)
  • FloodRes - Flood Response Trailer (Containing 5x Rescue Crafts)
  • TRV - Technical Rescue Vehicle
  • IRU - Incident Response Unit
  • WrC - Water Carrier
  • CSU - Command Support Unit
  • FESU - Fire Emergency Support Unit (Red Cross)

Urban Search & Rescue (USAR):

  • SDU - Search & Rescue Dog Unit
  • PM - Prime Mover
  • TSU - Technical Support Unit


  • 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

Co-Responder / Joint Ambulance Conveyance ProjectEdit

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service works in partnership with the East Midlands Ambulance Service(EMAS) to provide emergency medical cover to select areas of Lincolnshire. Currently, 11 areas have been identified as having a greater need for ambulance cover. The aim of a co-responder team is to preserve life until the arrival of either a Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) or an ambulance. Co-Responder firefighters in Lincolnshire are trained by, and operate as members of the Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service whilst on-call as a co-responder. However, co-responder firefighters are still dispatched and maintain communication with the fire and rescue control room in Nettleham.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue are the first Fire and Rescue Service in the United Kingdom to operate actual 'Fire Ambulances'. Three ambulances were trialed at Stamford, Woodhall Spa and Long Sutton fire stations. They were used to transport the patient to hospital care, assisting EMAS with freeing up ambulance crews and allowing the patient to reach hospital care sooner than waiting for EMAS transport.

Co-Responder Vehicles and Ambulances are equipped with equipment based from the co-responder's responder level.

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