Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

The Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service for the County of Surrey, England, with 25 fire stations. It comes under the administrative and legislative control of Surrey County Council, acting as the Fire Authority who fund the service by collecting a precept via council tax, and from central government funds, known as a grant settlement and provide the Political leadership for the Service.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service
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Operational area
Agency overview
Chief Fire OfficerSteve Owen-Hughes MBE
Facilities and equipment
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Surrey's 2015 registered aerial ladder platform

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service delivers prevention and protection to citizens against fires and many other life threatening incidents as well as responding to all types emergencies. It is established under the Fire and Rescue act, the Fire Safety Order and the Civil Contingencies act. It is part of Surrey County Council's Community Protection Group which includes other citizen focused services including trading standards, coronary service, emergency planning, military partnership, community resilience and corporate health and safety. The chief fire officer heads up the services that make up the Surrey Community Protection Group and is also the chairman of Surrey Local Resilience Forum.

The fire and rescue serviceEdit

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service employs approximately 800 staff and looks after a population of over 1 million people spread across an area of 1,663 km2 (642 square miles) . The region features several large urban areas such as Guildford, Redhill and Woking; 64 miles (103 km) of motorway, and is in close proximity to the two largest airports in the United Kingdom: London Heathrow and London Gatwick.

A total of 25 fire stations are strategically located throughout the county. Fifteen of which are crewed on a fully whole-time basis, with fire engine crews on duty at the fire station 24 hours a day; one fire station is crewed by whole-time and retained firefighters, and two fire stations operate on a day-crewed/retained basis - during the day fire appliances are crewed by whole-time firefighters operating from the station with retained on-call backup as and when required, whereas during the evening and at night the fire station operates on an entirely on-call retained basis with firefighters responding from home. Seven fire stations are crewed solely on a retained on-call basis. All retained on-call firefighters must live within a five-minute drive of the fire station.

Historically, fire cover was set to national standards that were defined back in the 1930s but today are based on local risk.

Fire stations/appliancesEdit

Station callsign Station name Duty system Appliances
S11 Reigate Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x IRV, 1x ICCU, 1x ARU, 1x MRV
S12 Dorking Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x MRV, 1x EPU*, 1x DIM*
S13 Leatherhead Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x WrC, 1x ALP, 1x FESU, 1x MRV
S14 Godstone Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x WrC, 1x MRV
S15 Oxted Retained 1x WrL, 1x MRV
S16 Lingfield Retained 1x WrL
S17 Epsom Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x MRV, 1 FESU
S18 Walton-on-Thames Day crewed*/retained 1x WrL*, 1x SWRU+IRBt*, 1x MRV
S20 Esher Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x MRV+IRBt
S21 Painshill Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x ARU*, 1x ICCU*
S22 Guildford Wholetime/Day Crewed/retained 3x WrL, 1x TL, 1x WrC 2x PM+MDD+ISU, 1x MRV
S23 Gomshall Retained 1x WrL, 1x MRV
S24 Godalming Retained 1x WrL, 1x MRV
S25 Haslemere Day crewed/cross crewed/retained 1x WrL, 1x IRV*, 1x MRV, 1x H4V/P*
S26 Farnham Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x H4V/P*, 1x MRV
S27 Dunsfold Retained 1x WrL, 1x MRV
S28 Cranleigh Retained 1x WrL, 1x MRV
S29 Woking Wholetime 2x WrL, 1x MRV, 1x H4V/P*
S30 Camberley Wholetime/Day Crewed 2x WrL, 1x MRV, 1x H4V/P*
S31 Egham Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x MRV+IRBt
S32 Chobham Retained 1x WrL, 1x MRV
S33 Chertsey Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x BASU*, 1x PM+HVP*, 1x PM+HVHL*, 1x PM+MDD*,1x MRV
S34 Salfords Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x MRV
S35 Banstead Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x MRV
S37 Fordbridge Wholetime/Day Crewed 2x WrL, 1x MRV +1x SWRU+IRBt

Fire appliance glossary/callsignsEdit

  • Water ladder (WrL): P1/P2/P3
  • Initial response vehicle (IRV): P7
  • Water carrier (WrC): W1
  • Multi-role vehicle: O1
  • Heavy 4x4 tender/pump (H4T/P): M1/M2
  • Heavy 4x4 vehicle/animal rescue unit (H4V/ARU): M1
  • Aerial ladder platform (ALP): A1
  • Swift water rescue unit and inshore rescue boat (SWRU+IRBt): B3
  • Incident command and control unit (ICCU): C1
  • Environmental protection unit (EPU): H1
  • Fire and emergency support unit (FESU): S6
  • Prime mover and high volume pump (PM+HVP): T8
  • Prime mover and high volume hose laying (PM+HVHL): T9
  • Prime mover and incident support unit (PM+ISU): T1/T2
Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear response
  • Detection, identification and monitoring unit (DIM): H8
  • Prime mover and mass decontamination disrobe (PM+MDD): T10

In 2015, 24 multi-role Land Rover Defenders were added to the fleet,[1] as well as new BMW X3 officer vehicles, Scania Wrcs and ALPs.

The multi-role vehicles are based at many stations, including Egham, Staines and Camberley and are used for various roles, dependent on the area's specific risk.

Currently the following chassis are used for the roles above:

Additional vehicles

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