Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
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Operational area
CountryEngland
CountyBedfordshire
Agency overview
Established1 April 1997 (1997-04-01)
Employees600
Facilities and equipment
Stations14
Website
www.bedsfire.gov.uk Edit this at Wikidata

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is the fire and rescue service for the ceremonial county of Bedfordshire in England, consisting of the unitary authorities of Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, and Luton.

Bedfordshire Fire Brigade was recreated in 1947 after the disbanding of the National Fire Service. Luton began operating an independent brigade when it became a county borough in 1964. In 1974, the Luton brigade was re-absorbed into Bedfordshire, which was renamed Bedfordshire Fire Service. It was later renamed to Bedfordshire & Luton Fire and Rescue Service in 1997,[1] on the same day that Luton became a unitary authority. This reflected that Luton was no longer in the administrative county of Bedfordshire, though Luton remained in the ceremonial county. The brigade changed to its current name in 2012, three years after the administrative county was abolished and divided into two unitary authorities.[2]

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service currently employ more than 550 staff on a variety of conditions of service. These include Firefighters on the Wholetime shift system; Firefighters on the Retained Duty System; Fire Officers on the Flexible Duty System; Fire Control Operators and support staff.

The county's control room was due to move into a regional control centre in Cambridge in 2011 as part of the FiReControl project.[3]

The control room was kept within the service and has now been confirmed as the first fire service in the UK to be implementing a cloud based mobilising solution and integrated CAD system by Motorola in mid 2021. [4]

The firefighters currently working at the county's five wholetime stations are the first in the country to work 24-hour shifts.

Performance

In 2018/2019, every fire and rescue service in England and Wales was subjected to a statutory inspection by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HIMCFRS). Another cycle of inspections was carried out starting in 2021.The inspections investigate how well the service performs in each of three areas. On a scale of outstanding, good, requires improvement and inadequate, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service was rated as follows:

HMICFRS Inspection Bedfordshire
Area Rating 2018/19[5] Rating 2021/22[6] Description
Effectiveness Good Good How effective is the fire and rescue service at keeping people safe and secure from fire and other risks?
Efficiency Requires improvement Requires improvement How efficient is the fire and rescue service at keeping people safe and secure from fire and other risks?
People Inadequate Good How well does the fire and rescue service look after its people?

Fire stations

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service operates 14 fire stations, of which five are crewed on 24-hour shifts (wholetime), one day crewed (Monday–Friday, 09:00–17:00) and the remainder are crewed by retained firefighters who live near to their fire station and can arrive there within five minutes of a call-out.[7]

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See also

References

  1. ^ "The Bedfordshire Fire Services (Combination Scheme) Order 1996". The National Archives. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Bedfordshire Fire Services (Combination Scheme) (Variation) Order 2012". The National Archives. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  3. ^ "East of England - Fire and resilience". Department for Communities and Local Government. Archived from the original on 29 September 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
  4. ^ "Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service Pioneers Cloud-Based Control Room Solutions from Motorola Solutions | Motorola Solutions". newsroom.motorolasolutions.com. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Bedfordshire 2018/19". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HIMCFRS). 20 December 2018. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Bedfordshire 2021/22". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HIMCFRS). 15 December 2021. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  7. ^ "About Us". Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2009.