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Surrey Fire and Rescue Service
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service crest.svg
Operational area
CountryEngland
CountySurrey
Agency overview
Chief Fire OfficerSteve Owen-Hughes MBE QFSM DL
Facilities and equipment
Stations25
Engines31
Trucks1
Platforms1
HAZMAT2
USAR4
Wildland25
Rescue boats3
Website
www.surreycc.gov.uk/community/fire-and-rescue Edit this at Wikidata
Surrey's 2015 registered aerial ladder platform
Surrey's 2015 registered aerial ladder platform

The Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service for the County of Surrey, England, with 25 fire stations. It comes under the administrative and legislative control of Surrey County Council, acting as the Fire Authority who fund the service by collecting a precept via council tax, and from central government funds, known as a grant settlement, and provide the political leadership for the service.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service delivers prevention and protection to citizens against fires and many other life-threatening incidents as well as responding to all types of emergencies. It was established under the Fire and Rescue act, the Fire Safety Order and the Civil Contingencies act. It is part of Surrey County Council's Community Protection Group which includes other citizen focused services including trading standards, coronary service, emergency planning, military partnership, community resilience and corporate health and safety. The chief fire officer heads up the services that make up the Surrey Community Protection Group and is also the chairman of Surrey Local Resilience Forum.

Organisation

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service employs approximately 800 staff and looks after a population of over 1 million people spread across an area of 1,663 km2 (642 square miles). The region features several large urban areas such as Guildford, Redhill and Woking; 64 miles (103 km) of motorway, and is in close proximity to the two largest airports in the United Kingdom: London Heathrow and London Gatwick.

Guildford fire station on Ladymead
Guildford fire station on Ladymead

A total of 25 fire stations are strategically located throughout the county. Twelve of which are crewed on a fully whole-time basis, with fire engine crews on duty at the fire station 24 hours a day; one fire station is crewed by whole-time and retained firefighters, and two fire stations operate on a day-crewed/retained basis - during the day fire appliances are crewed by whole-time firefighters operating from the station with retained on-call backup as and when required, whereas during the evening and at night the fire station operates on an entirely on-call retained basis with firefighters responding from home. Three stations are crewed solely on a day crewing basis from 7:00-19:00, however neighbouring stations cover the area at night. Seven fire stations are crewed solely on a retained on-call basis. All retained on-call firefighters must live within a five-minute drive of the fire station.

Historically, fire cover was set to national standards that were defined back in the 1930s but today are based on local risk.

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, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service was rated as follows:

HMICFRS Inspection Surrey
Area Rating 2018/19[1] Rating 2021/22[2] Description
Effectiveness Requires improvement Requires improvement How effective is the fire and rescue service at keeping people safe and secure from fire and other risks?
Efficiency Inadequate Requires improvement How efficient is the fire and rescue service at keeping people safe and secure from fire and other risks?
People Requires improvement Requires improvement How well does the fire and rescue service look after its people?

See also

References

  1. ^ "Surrey 2018/19". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HIMCFRS). 20 December 2018. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Surrey 2021/22". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HIMCFRS). 15 December 2021. Retrieved 10 January 2022.