Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service logo.svg
Operational area
CountryEngland
CountyCornwall
Agency overview
Employees374 full-time equivalent[1] (2019)
Chief Fire OfficerKatheryn Billing
Facilities and equipment
Divisions8
Stations31
Platforms2
Website
www.cornwall.gov.uk/fire Edit this at Wikidata

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service covering Cornwall, England. As of April 2019, the service employs over 400 retained firefighters, 203 full-time firefighters, plus 170 support and administrative staff.[1] Created under the Fire Services Act 1947 as "Cornwall Fire Brigade", the name changed to "Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service" on 1 October 2009.[2]

The service is administered by Cornwall Council, with a new service headquarters (SHQ) at Tolvaddon opened in 2015.

History

As part of the FiReControl project, the control room was planned to switch over to the regional control centre in Taunton, Somerset, that would be shared between neighbouring services in South West England. Originally scheduled to take place in July 2010, the cutover date was revised to January 2012,[3] however the plan was scrapped in December 2010.[4]

Fire stations and appliances

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service operates 31 fire stations, which are organised into three service delivery areas: Mid, East and West.[5]

The fire stations are manned by three different systems:[6]

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service works in partnership with South Western Ambulance Service to provide emergency medical cover to area of Cornwall. These are areas that have been identified as having a greater need for ambulance cover. The aim of a co-responder team is to preserve life until the arrival of either a rapid response vehicle (RRV) or an ambulance.[7] Co-responder vehicles are equipped with oxygen and automated external defibrillator (AED) equipment, as is every one of the service's fire stations.[8]

The service arranges its fire stations into three geographic areas:[5][8] East, Mid, and West.

Workshop and stores

The service workshop and stores are located at the Tolvaddon SHQ. The workshop contains five bays consisting of one HGV ramp bay, and one car & van ramp bay. The set-up enables up to five vehicles to be in the workshop at any one time.

The workshop also houses the stores, including both clothing and equipment, and holds over 7,000 items including operational equipment like branches and radios, and clothing from tunics to dress uniforms. This is always updated to ensure any equipment or clothing needed is ready to be dispatched immediately to wherever it is needed.

The workshops also maintain all of the operational equipment, from repairing the lengths of hoses to the breathing apparatus (BA) sets; this is carried out by the specialist "hose shop" also located on-site.

Emergency repair is available 24/7 through an "on call" system where mechanics take turns to provide 24-hour service if an appliance or equipment becomes defective.

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, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service was rated as follows:

HMICFRS Inspection Cornwall
Area Rating 2018/19[9] Rating 2021/22[10] Description
Effectiveness Requires improvement Requires improvement 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 Good Requires improvement How well does the fire and rescue service look after its people?

Mutual assistance

The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004, gives fire services the power to assist other fire services or fire authorities in what is known as mutual assistance.[11]

The fire services that adjoin Cornwall are as follows:

Notable incidents

Other emergency services

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Resilient Cornwall Service Plan 2019-2022" (PDF). Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  2. ^ Cornwall Council - Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service Homepage. Cornwall.gov.uk (7 March 2009). Retrieved on 15 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 May 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2009.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Control room scrapping 'will help Devon and Somerset". BBC News. 20 December 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Your Local Fire Station". Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  6. ^ "About The Different Stations". Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  7. ^ SWAST Fire Co Responders Archived 15 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ a b "Co-Responders". Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Cornwall 2018/19". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HIMCFRS). 20 December 2018. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Cornwall 2021/22". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HIMCFRS). 15 December 2021. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  11. ^ "Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004". OPSI. Retrieved 29 March 2009.
  12. ^ BBC News Falmouth Dock Fire. BBC News (17 June 2011). Retrieved on 15 September 2013.

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