Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service logo.jpg
Operational area
CountryEngland
CountyWarwickshire
Agency overview
Annual calls11341 (2018)
Employees550
Chief Fire OfficerBen Brook
Facilities and equipment
Stations17
Engines30
Platforms1
Rescue boats1
Website
www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fireandrescue Edit this at Wikidata

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service serving the county of Warwickshire in the West Midlands region of England.

The service covers an area of 1,975 km2 (763 square miles) and a population of around 546,600 people. It employs 550 staff and has 17 fire stations with 30 fire engines.

The service is administered by Warwickshire County Council. Its headquarters are in Leamington Spa.

In July 2021, Ben Brook was appointed Chief Fire Officer following the retirement of Kieran Amos (who had served in the role since April 2019). Brook was formerly the Assistant Chief Fire Officer for WFRS, having served in West Midlands Fire Service before that.

History

The service was created in 1948[1] by the Fire Services Act 1947 and was originally called Warwick County Fire Brigade.

It did not cover the cities of Coventry or Birmingham, which had their own fire brigades. In 1974 the service lost area to the newly created West Midlands Fire Service.

2007 warehouse fire

Main article: 2007 Warwickshire warehouse fire

On 2 November 2007, crews were mobilised to a major fire at a vegetable packing plant operated by Wealmoor on an industrial estate in the village of Atherstone on Stour. Up to 100 firefighters and five ambulance crews were called to the scene and 16 fire engines were used to tackle the blaze. Part of the structure collapsed under the intensity of the fire.[2]

Four firefighters of the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service were killed: Ian Reid, who died in hospital, and Ashley Stephens, Darren Yates-Badley, and John Averis whose bodies were recovered from the debris.[3]

In February 2011, it was announced that two watch managers and one station manager, who were all at one time in command of the incident, were to face charges of manslaughter by gross negligence over the deaths of the men. They were acquitted in May 2012.[4] Warwickshire County Council was charged with failing to ensure safety at work[5] and pleaded guilty at a hearing in Wolverhampton in January 2012.[6] It was fined £30,000 in December 2012.[7]

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, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service was rated as follows:

HMICFRS Inspection Warwickshire
Area Rating 2018/19[8] Rating 2021/22[9] 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 Good 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?

Fire stations and appliances

WFRS operate a total of 17 fire stations. These are displayed on a map,[10] and listed as follows:[11]

WFRS Stations
Station Crewing Type
Nuneaton Wholetime
Bedworth Retained
Coleshill Day Crewed
Polesworth Retained
Atherstone Peak Demand & Retained
Rugby Wholetime
Kenilworth Retained
Leamington Spa (HQ) Wholetime
Southam Retained
Fenny Compton Retained
Shipston-on-Stour Retained
Stratford-upon-Avon Day Crewed Plus & Retained
Bidford-on-Avon Retained
Alcester Wholetime
Henley-in-Arden Retained
Wellesbourne Retained
Gaydon Peak Demand

The Headquarters of the service is at Leamington Spa Fire Station. This is where the Fire Control Room is also located.[12]

WFRS's stations run on four types of shift

The service operate the following vehicles as follows:[13]

WFRS Vehicles
Vehicle Number
Standard Rescue Pump 26 (23 on the run)
Light Rescue Pump 10 (7 on the run)
Turntable Ladder 1
Environmental Protection Unit 1
High Volume Pump 1
Logistics Support Vehicle 1
Road Traffic Collision Unit 1
Water Rescue Unit 1
Foam Tender 1
Water Bowser 2
Mass Decontamination Unit 1
Boats 2
Large Animal Rescue 1
Small Fire Unit 2 (1 in service)
Combined Breathing Apparatus/Command Support Vehicle 1
Command Support Vehicle 1

WFRS also operates 14 "Command Response Vehicles", which are staffed by senior officers and positioned around the county[13]

See also

References

  1. ^ Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service Press Release – 50 Years Of The County Fire Service Warwickshire – 24 November 1998
  2. ^ "Firefighter dies tackling blaze". BBC News. 3 November 2007.
  3. ^ "Four Firefighters believed dead". BBC News. 3 November 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Fire officers cleared over Atherstone warehouse deaths". BBC News. 30 May 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Charges over Warwickshire firefighters' deaths". BBC News. 28 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Firefighter warehouse deaths: Warwickshire council pleads guilty". BBC News. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Atherstone fire: Warwickshire County Council fined £30,000". BBC News. BBC. 7 December 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Warwickshire 2018/19". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HIMCFRS). 20 December 2018. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  9. ^ "Warwickshire 2021/22". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HIMCFRS). 12 January 2022. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  10. ^ "Warwickshire fire stations". Google My Maps. Retrieved 1 May 2021.
  11. ^ "Find a fire station". Warwickshire County Council. Retrieved 19 April 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Headquarters". Warwickshire County Council. Retrieved 19 April 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ a b "Fire and rescue service". Warwickshire County Council. Retrieved 19 April 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)