County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service
County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service logo.svg
Operational area
CountryEngland
CountyCounty Durham
Agency overview
Established1 April 1948 (1948-04-01)
Chief Fire OfficerStuart Errington
Facilities and equipment
Stations15
Website
www.ddfire.gov.uk Edit this at Wikidata

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service covering an area of 2,432 km2 (939 square miles), for the unitary authority areas of County Durham and Darlington. The service area borders with Cleveland Fire Brigade, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.

History

The service was formed on 1 April 1948 as a result of the Fire Services Act 1947. The first chief fire officer was C.V Hall and was appointed this position on 19 September 1947. The large area covered by the FRS was then divided into three areas, consisting of: Divisions A-C.

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). The inspection investigated how well the service performs in each of three areas. On a scale of outstanding, good, requires improvement and inadequate, Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service was rated as follows:[1]

HMICFRS Inspection Durham and Darlington 2018/19
Area Rating Description
Effectiveness Good How effective is the fire and rescue service at keeping people safe and secure from fire and other risks?
Efficiency Good How efficient is the fire and rescue service at keeping people safe and secure from fire and other risks?
People Requires improvement How well does the fire and rescue service look after its people?

Headquarters

The service now has its own training school and workshops located in Bowburn and headquarters located in Belmont.[2]

Country Durham and Darlington fire appliance outside CDDFRS headquarters.
Country Durham and Darlington fire appliance outside CDDFRS headquarters.

Fire stations

The service divides its 15 fire stations and 1 Technical Services Centre into two divisions: North and South.[3] Fire stations are crewed by wholetime firefighters, daytime firefighters, on-call (retained) firefighters, or a combination of the different crewing systems.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Durham and Darlington 2018/19". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HIMCFRS). 17 December 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  2. ^ "History of the Service (1948-2007)". Archived from the original on 3 February 2007. Retrieved 22 January 2007.
  3. ^ a b "Your Area". County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 3 April 2021.