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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 Officer Russell Pearson
Facilities and equipment
Stations 24
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 24 fire stations are strategically sited throughout the County. 17 of these are crewed on a wholetime basis, with fire engine crews available at the fire station 24 hours a day and seven are crewed on a part-time basis (i.e. the crew live and work in the near vicinity and are available on call).

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 ICU, 1x (possible)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
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 ICU*
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 (Land Rover) 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 + Inshore Rescue Boat (SWRU+IrbT): B3
  • Incident Command & Control Unit (ICCU): C1
  • Environmental Protection Unit (EPU): H1
  • Fire & Emergency Support Unit (FESU): S6
  • Prime Mover + High Volume Pump (PM+HVP): T8
  • Prime Mover + High Volume Hose Laying (PM+HVHL): T9
  • Prime Mover + Incident Support Unit (PM+ISU): T1/T2

CBRN Response:

  • Detection, Identification & Monitoring (DIM): H8
  • Prime Mover + 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 vehicles are used for the roles above:

WrL: Scania P280, Scania P280, Scania 94d 260, Volvo 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 Prime Mover

PM+HVHL: Man Marshall Prime Mover

PM+ISU: Man Marshall Prime Mover

DIM: Iveco Daily

PM+MDD: Man Marshall Prime Mover

Additional Vehicles:

Other ARU: Ford Transit

Officer Vehicles: BMW X3, Vauxhall Astra

Personal Carriers: Ford Transit

Multi Role Vehicle: Land Rover Defender

Workshops: Mercedes-Benz Vito, Volkswagen Caddy

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