Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service
Operational area
CountryEngland
CountyShropshire
Agency overview
Established1948 (1948)
Employees645
Chief Fire OfficerRod Hammerton
MottoPutting Shropshire's Safety First
Facilities and equipment
Stations23
Engines46
Platforms2
Rescues2
Rescue boats2
Website
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The Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service covering Shropshire, including Telford and Wrekin, in the West Midlands region of England.

Shropshire's Fire and Rescue Service is provided by 512 full-time and retained firefighters based at 23 fire stations around the county. They currently deploy 46 operational vehicles and a number of specialist appliances.

Organisation and management

Fire Authority

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is governed by elected Council representatives from Shropshire's two unitary councils, Shropshire Council and Telford and Wrekin Council. Together these representatives make up the Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority, chaired by an elected councillor.

Day-to-day operational control of the service is vested in a chief fire officer, Rod Hammerton.[1]

Executive control

Within the organisation the chief fire officer has full responsibility for the service and also manages finance and resources.

The remainder of executive duties fall to the senior management team, consisting of and assistant chief fire officer with responsibility for service delivery and an assistant chief fire officer with responsibility for corporate services.[2]

Performance

An aerial appliance of the Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has achieved consistently high marks in external audits carried out by the Audit Commission.[3][4]

Every fire and rescue service in England and Wales is periodically subjected to a statutory inspection by His Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS). The inspections investigate how well the service performs in each of three areas. On a scale of outstanding, good, requires improvement and inadequate, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service was rated as follows:

HMICFRS Inspection Shropshire
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 Good Good How efficient is the fire and rescue service at keeping people safe and secure from fire and other risks?
People Good Good How well does the fire and rescue service look after its people?

Notable incidents

See also

References

  1. ^ "Organisation and Management". shropshirefire.gov.uk. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Organisational Chart: Structure as of January 2021" (PDF). Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Audit Commission". 19 January 2012.
  4. ^ http://cpa.audit-commission.gov.uk/FireScorecard.aspx?taxid=107370[bare URL]
  5. ^ "Shropshire 2018/19". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS). 20 June 2019. Retrieved 22 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Shropshire 2021/22". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS). 27 July 2022. Retrieved 30 June 2023.
  7. ^ Douglas-Home, Charles, ed. (25 June 1983). "Army depot fire costs millions". The Times. No. 61, 568. p. 1. ISSN 0140-0460.