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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 24 fire stations. It comes under the administrative and legislative control of Surrey County Council, who fund the service by collecting a precept via council tax, and from central government funds, known as a grant settlement.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service
Surrey Fire and Rescue logo.jpg
Operational area
Country England
County Surrey
Agency overview
Chief Fire OfficerSteve Owen-Hughes MBE
Facilities and equipment
Official website
Surrey's 2015 registered aerial ladder platform

On 31 March 1986, the service, jointly with the neighbouring London Fire Brigade, dealt with a significant blaze at Hampton Court Palace, which is on the border between London and Surrey.[1]

The fire and rescue serviceEdit

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service employs approximately 1000 staff and looks after a population of over one million people spread across an area of 1663 square kilometres. The region features several large urban areas such as Guildford, Redhill and Woking; 64 miles of motorway; and is in close proximity to the two largest airports in the United Kingdom: London Heathrow and London Gatwick.

A total of twenty-four fire stations are strategically located throughout the county. Fifteen of which are crewed on a fully wholetime basis, with fire engine crews on duty at the fire station twenty-four hours a day; one fire station is crewed by wholetime and retained firefighters, and two fire stations operate on a day-crewed/retained basis - during the day fire appliances are crewed by wholetime 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.

Fire stations/appliancesEdit

Station callsign Station name Duty system Appliances
S10 Staines Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x MRV +1x IRBt
S11 Reigate Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x IRV, 1x ICCU, 1x ARU, 1x MRV
S12 Dorking Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x WrC, 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 2x WrL, 1x SWRU+IRBt*, 1x MRV
S19 Sunbury-on-Thames Wholetime 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/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 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

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

CBRN 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,[2] 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:

  • WrL: Scania 94d-260, Scania P260, Scania P270, Scania P280 and Volvo FL6/Saxon.
  • WrC: Scania P450
  • H4T/P: Mercedes Benz Unimog
  • HV4/ARU: Mercedes-Benz Unimog
  • ALP: Scania P370
  • TL: Scania P370
  • SWRU+IRBt: Pioneer, Land Rover Defender, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
  • ICCU: Renault
  • Forward command: Ford Transit
  • EPU: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
  • FESU: Fiat Trigano Tribute
  • PM+HVP: MAN Marshall SV Prime Mover
  • PM+HVHL: MAN Marshall SV Prime Mover
  • PM+ISU: MAN Marshall SV Prime Mover
  • DIM: Iveco Daily
  • PM+MDD: MAN Marshall SV Prime Mover
Additional vehicles

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Hampton Court Palace blaze recalled 30 years on after fire ripped through historic building". Get Surrey. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  2. ^

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