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Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service serving the county of Warwickshire in the West Midlands region of England.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service
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Country England
County Warwickshire
Agency overview
Facilities and equipment
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The service covers an area of 1,975.33 km² and a population of around 546,600 people. It employs 550 staff and has 17 fire stations with 32 fire engines.

The service is administered by Warwickshire County Council. Its headquarters are in Leamington Spa.

A new interim Chief Fire Officer Andy Hickmott was appointed in May 2013 following Graeme Smith's retirement. He was in the fire service for 30 years and joined Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2009.



The service was created in 1948[1] by the Fire Services Act 1947 and was originally called Warwick County Fire Brigade.

It did not cover the cities of Coventry or Birmingham, which had their own fire brigades. In 1974 the service lost area to the newly created West Midlands Fire Service.

2007 warehouse fireEdit

On 2 November 2007, crews were mobilised to a major fire at a vegetable packing plant operated by Wealmoor Ltd on an industrial estate in the village of Atherstone on Stour. Up to 100 firefighters and five ambulance crews were called to the scene and 16 fire engines were used to tackle the blaze. Part of the structure collapsed under the intensity of the fire.[2]

Four firefighters of the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service were killed: Ian Reid, who died in hospital, and Ashley Stephens, Darren Yates-Badley, and John Averis whose bodies were recovered from the debris.[3]

In February 2011, it was announced that two Watch Managers and one Station Manager, who were all at one time in command of the incident, were to face charges of manslaughter by gross negligence over the deaths of the men. They were acquitted in May 2012.[4] Warwickshire County Council was charged with failing to ensure safety at work[5] and pleaded guilty at a hearing in Wolverhampton in January 2012.[6] It was fined £30,000 in December 2012.[7]

Fire Stations/AppliancesEdit

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
FS20 Nuneaton Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x LRP, 1x L4V, 1x PM for MDU
FS21 Bedworth Retained 1x LRP, 1x SFU
FS22 Coleshill Day Crewed & Retained 1x WrL, 1x WrT, 1x L4V, 2x PM* for: RTCU, FoT, WrC, GPU
FS23 Polesworth Retained 1x WrL
FS24 Atherstone Peak Demand & Retained 1x WrL, 1x WrT, 1x BASCV, 1x L4V
FS26 Rugby Wholetime 1x WRL, 1x LRP, 1x WRU, 2x Boats, 2x L4V, 1x LAR
FS27 Kenilworth Retained 1x LRP, 1x FESU
FS29 Leamington Spa Wholetime & Day Crew+ 1x WrL, 1x LRP, 1x CSV, 1x ARP, 1x L4V, 1x PM* for WrC
FS30 Southam Retained 1x WrL
FS31 Fenny Compton Retained 1x WrL
FS34 Shipston-on-Stour Retained 1x WrL
FS35 Stratford-upon-Avon Day Crew+ 1x WrL, 1x LRP, 1x PM for HVP DHB, 2x L4V
FS36 Bidford-on-Avon Retained 1x WrL
FS37 Alcester Day Crew+ 1x LRP, 1x CSV, 1x EPU*
FS39 Henley-in-Arden Retained 1x WrL
FS40 Wellsbourne Retained 1x LRP
FS41 Gaydon Peak Demand 1x LRP

Fire Appliance Glossary/CallsignsEdit

  • Water Ladder (WrL): P1/P2
  • Light Rescue Pump (LRP) : P3
  • Aerial Rescue Pump (ARP): A6
  • Small Fires Unit (SFU): L1
  • Light 4x4 Vehicle (L4V): M8 / M9
  • Large Animal Rescue Unit (LAR): R3
  • Water Rescue Unit (WRU): R6
  • Command Support Vehicle (CSV) : C1
  • Fire & Emergency Support Unit (FESU): T9
  • Prime Mover (PM): T1/T2
  • Environmental Protection Unit (EPU) : H1


  • Foam Tender (FoT)
  • General Purpose Unit (GPU)
  • Road Traffic Collision Unit (RTCU)
  • Water Carrier (WrC)

New Dimension :

  • Mass Decon Unit (MDU)
  • High Volume Pump (HVP)
  • Double Hose Box (DHB)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service Press Release – 50 Years Of The County Fire Service Warwickshire – 24 November 1998
  2. ^ "Firefighter dies tackling blaze". BBC News. 3 November 2007.
  3. ^ "Four Firefighters believed dead". BBC News. 3 November 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Fire officers cleared over Atherstone warehouse deaths". BBC News. 30 May 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Charges over Warwickshire firefighters' deaths". BBC News. 28 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Firefighter warehouse deaths: Warwickshire council pleads guilty". BBC News. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Atherstone fire: Warwickshire County Council fined £30,000". BBC News. BBC. 7 December 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012.