Defence Fire and Rescue Service

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The Defence Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) is the primary firefighting and rescue service protecting British defence estates and property. Along with the Royal Air Force Rescue and Firefighting Service, it forms the Ministry of Defence Fire Services. As of February 2021, the takeover of DFRS by private contractor Capita continues.[2]

Defence and Fire Rescue Service
Logo of the Defence Fire and Rescue Service
Preventing, Protecting, Responding[1]
Operational area
CountryUnited Kingdom
AddressDFR HQ, Sedgemoor Building, Spur G&H, IDL 54, Marlborough Lines, Monxton Road, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8HT
Agency overview
government page on DFR


The Ministry of Defence Fire Service was formed on 1 April 1991 by the amalgamation of the Navy Department Fire Prevention Service, Army Department Fire Service, Air Force Department Fire Service and Procurement Executive Fire Service.[3] It later became part of a similarly named umbrella body, the Ministry of Defence Fire Services, which also included the RAF Firefighting and Rescue Service, a military organisation which protected mainly RAF airfields and runways.[4]


In July 2019, it was announced by the Ministry of Defence that Capita had won an outsourcing contract to manage the operations at 53 sites across the UK, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands.[5] Part of the 12-year £525 million contract included the construction and management of an improved training facility for Defence firefighters at the Fire Service College in Gloucestershire,[6] which has been owned by Capita since 2013.[7]

As of February 2021, around 600 DFRS personnel have transferred into Capita Fire and Rescue, and improvements at the Fire Service College have been completed.[2] In addition, 50 new vehicles including Oshkosh High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET) Strikers and Angloco Multi-Purpose Response Vehicles (MPRVs) have been delivered to 11 sites.[2]


The Defence Fire and Rescue Service is a civilian organisation, however the term 'Defence Fire' may be used colloquially to include military and civilian firefighting activities. According to the website, the DFR staff include:[8]

  • Civil Service (Defence Fire and Rescue Service)
  • locally employed civilian and contractor staff.

As DFR is a mixture of people, recruitment and conditions differ, but for civilians wishing to join, they would become civil servants and thus to apply would need to apply via the Civil Service website.[8]


  1. ^ Adam [@BU954] (27 June 2020). "Happy Armed Forces Day 2020 @RAFFireService @DFR_FIRE" (Tweet). Retrieved 29 December 2020 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b c "Capita celebrates key milestones under Defence Fire and Rescue Project contract". Capita. 12 February 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Royal Navy, Army and RAF fire and rescue services privatised".
  4. ^ Wise, Andrew, ed. (April 2001). "Airfield support set to move to private sector". RAF News. No. 1022. Innsworth: Royal Air Force. p. 3. ISSN 0035-8614.
  5. ^ "Defence Fire And Rescue Privatisation Goes Ahead". Forces Network. 19 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Capita signs £525m fire and rescue service contract with Ministry of Defence". Fire Service College. 17 December 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Sale of the Fire Service College completed". Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Defence Fire and Rescue". GOV.UK.

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