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South Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Gwasanaeth Tân ac Achub De Cymru (Welsh)

Operational area
RegionSouth Wales[1]
Agency overview
Established1996 (1996)
Annual calls33,046[2] (2019–2020)
Chief Fire OfficerStuart Millington
Facilities and equipment
Rescue boats5
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South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS; Welsh: Gwasanaeth Tân ac Achub De Cymru) is the fire and rescue service covering the ten Welsh principal areas of Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Torfaen and Vale of Glamorgan.

SWFRS was created in 1996 by the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994, which reformed Welsh local government. It was created by a merger of the previous fire brigades of Mid Glamorgan, South Glamorgan and Gwent. It covers an area of around 1,100 square miles (2,800 km2) with a population of around 1.5 million.[2]

The fire authority which runs the service is a joint-board made up of councillors from the ten local authorities covered by the service.[2]

Since October 2017, SWFRS has shared its control room with Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and South Wales Police at the police headquarters in Bridgend,[3] an arrangement that is expected to save £1 million annually across both fire and rescue services.[4]

Fire stations

SWFRS operates 47 fire stations, of which 20 operate "wholetime" staffing (full-time firefighters) and 36 operate "retained" staffing (on-call firefighters), with some stations operating both crewing methods.[5]

SWFRS Fire Stations[5]
Station No. Station Name Crewing
01 Bridgend WT/OC
02 Porthcawl OC
03 Kenfig Hill OC
04 Cowbridge OC
05 Pencoed OC
06 Ogmore Vale OC
07 Pontycymmer OC
08 Maesteg WT/OC
09 Treorchy OC
10 Tonypandy WT/OC
11 Ferndale OC
13 Gilfach Goch OC
14 Pontyclun OC
15 Pontypridd WT/OC
16 Hirwaun OC
17 Aberdare WT/OC
18 Abercynon OC
19 Llantwit Major OC
20 Barry WT/OC
21 Aberbargoed WT/OC
22 Penarth WT
24 Caerphilly WT/OC
25 Treharris OC
26 Merthyr Tydfil WT/OC
27 Tredegar OC
28 Rhymney OC
30 Abercarn OC
31 Risca OC
32 Cwmbran WT
33 New Inn WT
34 Abersychan OC
35 Abertillery OC
37 Ebbw Vale WT
38 Brynmawr OC
39 Blaenavon OC
40 Abergavenny OC
41 Monmouth OC
42 Usk OC
43 Chepstow OC
44 Caldicot OC
45 Malpas WT
46 Maindee WT
47 Duffryn WT
49 Whitchurch WT
50 Roath WT
51 Cardiff Central WT
52 Ely WT

The service headquarters is located in Llantrisant, Glamorgan.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Covering most of what is commonly described as "South East Wales". There are wider definitions of South Wales.
  2. ^ a b c d "Strategic Plan 2020-2030" (PDF). South Wales Fire and Rescue Service. 1 April 2021. pp. 27–28. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  3. ^ "The South Wales Tri-Service Public Service and Joint Emergency Control Centre Tri-Service Centre Evaluation". Cardiff University. 14 May 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  4. ^ "National Framework for Fire and Rescue Services – Progress Report 2019" (PDF). Welsh Government. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  5. ^ a b "South Wales Fire & Rescue Service: "Fire Station Locations"" (PDF). 2020. Retrieved 1 September 2023.
  6. ^ "South Wales Fire & Rescue Service: "Contact Us"". Retrieved 1 September 2023.

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