|Established||1 April 1948|
|Chief Fire Officer||Stuart Errington|
|Facilities and equipment|
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.
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.
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:
|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?|
The service now has its own training school and workshops located in Bowburn and headquarters located in Belmont.
The service divides its 15 fire stations and 1 Technical Services Centre into two divisions: North and South. Fire stations are crewed by wholetime firefighters, daytime firefighters, on-call (retained) firefighters, or a combination of the different crewing systems.