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Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
Operational area
CountryEngland
CountiesHerefordshire
Worcestershire
Agency overview
Established1 April 1974
Annual calls7,901 (2020–21)[1]
Employees
  • 228 wholetime firefighters
  • 379 retained firefighters
  • 22 Fire Control staff
  • 119 support staff
(2021)[1]
Annual budget£35.8 million (2020–21)[1]
Chief Fire OfficerJonathon Pryce[2]
Facilities and equipment
Divisions3
Stations25
Engines41
Platforms2
USAR5 modules
Rescue boats3
Website
www.hwfire.org.uk Edit this at Wikidata

The Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is the statutory fire and rescue service covering Herefordshire and Worcestershire in the West Midlands region of England. The service covers an area of 1,514 square miles (3,920 km2), and a population of around 780,000 people.[3]

The service was created in 1974 when The County Of Hereford Fire Brigade and The Worcester City & County Fire Brigade were merged to create The County Of Hereford and Worcester Fire Brigade. The two counties were split up again in 1998 but the fire service remained, and is now run by a joint fire authority.[1]

Operations

The service's Chief Fire Officer is Jonathon Pryce, replacing Nathan Travis, who retired in March 2021.[2]

In October 2019, HWFRS entered into a formal alliance with neighbouring Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.[4] The alliance covers procurement, following previous cooperation on computer systems, fire control and risk management. In June 2020, the two services announced that they were considering a single fire control centre.[5]

HWFRS has 332 wholetime operational staff, 369 retained (part-time) staff, 21 Fire Control staff, as well as about 98 non-uniformed support staff. The busiest areas of Hereford and Worcester fire and rescue is Worcester and Wyre Forest both averaging roughly 1,500 callouts a year, the least busiest areas being Peterchurch and Fownhope averaging 10–20 callouts a year. Evesham, Peterchurch & Wyre Forest stations are also home to the fire services realistic training facilities. Retained firefighters from Herefordshire train at Peterchurch Fire Station and The main training centre is at Droitwich fire station, and more complex training is undertaken at the Fire Service College in Moreton In Marsh. The smallest station in the area is Broadway, which is a small garage sitting off a narrow lane. The largest station is Wyre Forest. It is also home to four pumps and six more vehicles, including a Command Unit and Drone team

Neighbouring fire services include: Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Mid and West Wales, South Wales and the West Midlands.

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, Herefordshire Fire and Rescue Service was rated as follows:

HMICFRS Inspection Hereford and Worcester
Area Rating 2018/19[6] Rating 2021/22[7] Description
Effectiveness Good 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 Requires improvement Good How well does the fire and rescue service look after its people?

Fire stations

HWFRS splits its fire stations into three districts – North and South, both of which are located in Worcestershire, and West in Herefordshire.[8]

Each fire station is crewed using one of three duty systems, or a combination:[8]

As of 2021, there were 228 wholetime and 379 retained firefighters across the 25 fire stations.[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Fire Authority Annual Report 2020-2021" (PDF). Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b Wilson, John (29 March 2021). "Herefordshire's new fire chief named". Hereford Times. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service". HMICFRS. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service". BBC News. 17 October 2019. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service". BBC News. 24 June 2020. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Hereford and Worcester 2018/19". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HIMCFRS). 20 December 2018. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Hereford and Worcester 2021/22". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HIMCFRS). 15 December 2021. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  8. ^ a b "Fire Stations". Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  9. ^ "Wholetime firefighters". Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  10. ^ "On-call firefighters". Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 29 March 2021.