Avon Fire and Rescue Service

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Avon Fire and Rescue Service
Operational area
Country  England
Region Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire
Agency overview
Established 1974 (1974)
Employees 930
Chief Fire Officer Kevin Pearson
Facilities and equipment
Stations 22
Official website

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) is the fire and rescue service covering the unitary authorities of Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire in South West England.


Avon Fire Brigade was created in 1974, when Avon county was created. In 1996, the county was abolished and four separate unitary authorities were created. Administration of the service was taken over by a joint fire authority made up of councillors from the four unitary authorities. In 2004, the Fire And Rescue Services Act was passed. To better reflect the changing roles and responsibilities of the fire service, Avon Fire Brigade changed its name to Avon Fire & Rescue Service.[1]

Community Safety[edit]

The role of a modern fire and rescue service has increased from fighting fires to cover the core functions of 'Protecting, Preventing and Responding'. Avon Fire & Rescue Service now has a wider remit promoting community safety through events and education work, alongside attending a range of incidents and emergencies from road traffic collisions and fires, to flooding and chemical spills. The fire service aims to cut the risk of fire developing in the first place by promoting safety messages to local residents and encouraging people to have working smoke alarms.[2]

Avon Fire & Rescue Service runs community safety campaigns. The summer 2009 campaign, 'Be BBQ Safe', included a hard hitting interview with a BBQ fire burns victim who spent the previous summer in intensive care after using nitro to light his BBQ.

The Car Clear scheme was launched in 2001, with the intention of promptly removing abandoned vehicles from streets. This eliminates the possibility of arson attacks.[3][4]


Avon Fire and Rescue Service badge

Avon Fire & Rescue Service has a fleet of 81 appliances including 51 Pumping Appliances [21 Water Tender Ladders, 15 Water Tenders, nine reserve Pumps, four Rescue Pumps and two Combined Aerial Rescue Pumps], eight New Dimension appliances [six Prime Movers, one Detection Identification Monitoring Van and one Incident Response Unit], three Turntable Ladders, two Rescue Tenders [one Reserve], and 17 other Special appliances. 28 Trailers, Boats, Pods and Fork Lift Trucks are used operationally. Avon Fire & Rescue Service also utilise a fleet of ancillary vehicles. These include 45 cars, 18 vans, four 4x4s, three MPVs, three PCVs, one Control Emergency Evacuation Vehicle and one Fire & Emergency Support Service vehicle. 19 Trailers are also used non-operationally.

As part of the now-defunct FiReControl project, Avon Fire & Rescue's control room was intended switch over to the regional control centre in Taunton. Originally scheduled to take place in May 2010, the cutover date was revised to November 2011,[5] before the plan was formally scrapped in December 2010.[6]

On 1 January 2009, Yate Fire Station was upgraded to wholetime / retained status meaning that firefighters are ready to respond to calls 24/7. Previously, the station was day crewed / retained, which meant that the station was only crewed from 0800–1700. Outside this time, firefighters responded to the station from their homes or work places.

In 2009, Avon took delivery of the first Polybilt bodied Combined Aerial Rescue Platform (CARP). It was allocated to Patchway fire station [7] but has since moved to Speedwell fire station.[8] A second Combined Aerial Rescue Pump is now with Avon at Bedminster fire station and went into service in February 2011.

On 6 May 2014, Kingswood Fire Station was closed to allow for a station refurbishment. It is due to be completed towards the end of 2014, when Speedwell Fire Station will close and all crew will move back to Kingswood. [9]

On 10 February 2015, Kingswood Fire Station reopened, and Speedwell Fire Station was closed. [10]

Fire stations[edit]

Avon Fire & Rescue operates out of 22 fire stations, of which seven are crewed day and night (wholetime), 12 are crewed by retained firefighters who live or work near to their fire station and can arrive there within five minutes of a call being received and three are a mixture of wholetime and retained. Avon also operate out of the Severn Park Joint Training Centre in Avonmouth. The breakdown of stations is as follows:

Appliances deploying from Temple station
Yate fire station
Keynsham fire station
Command Unit from Kingswood
Station Number Location Type Appliances
01 Command & Mobilising Centre Wholetime 1 CEEV
02 Thornbury Retained 1 WrL, 1 WrT
03 Yate Wholetime/Retained 1 WrL, 1 WrT, 1 PM & SFoU pod
04 Patchway Wholetime 1 WrL, 1 DIM
05 Avonmouth Wholetime 1 RP, 1 WrT, 1 RT, 1 WelU, 1 RailRU
06 Southmead Wholetime 1 WrL, 1 L4V & HLTr
07 Portishead Retained 1 WrL, 1 WrT
08 Pill Retained 1 WrT
09 Temple, Bristol Wholetime 1 RP, 1 WrT, 1 TL, 1 LiRU, 1 BASU
10 Kingswood Wholetime 1 WrL, 1 WrT, 1 CU, 1 CSU
12 Bath Wholetime/Retained 1 RP, 1 WrL, 1 WrT, 1 TL, 1 WrSU & IRB, 1 AWrRU
13 Keynsham Retained 1 WrL, 1 FESS
14 Brislington Wholetime 1 WrL, 1 ERU, 1 PM, 1 SFoU pod, 1 MSU pod
15 Bedminster Wholetime 1 CARP, 1 WrL, 1 SWrR & IRB, 1 AWrRU & RB
16 Nailsea/USAR Day Crewing/Retained 1 WrL, 1 WrT, 5 PM, 1 HVPU pod, 1 HLU pod, 4 USAR pods, 1 SFoU pod, 2 PCVs
17 Clevedon Retained 1 WrL, 1 WrT
18 Weston-super-Mare Wholetime/Retained 1 RP, 1 WrL, 1 WrT, 1 TL, 1 ATRU & Hcft, 1 IRU, 1 PM, 1 USAR pod, 1 MDD pod
19 Yatton Retained 1 WrL, 1 L4V & HLTr
20 Chew Magna Retained 1 WrT
21 Radstock Retained 1 WrL
22 Paulton Retained 1 WrT
23 Blagdon Retained 1 WrL
24 Winscombe Retained 1 WrT
28 Technical Services Workshops 9 reserve Pumps, 1 reserve Major Rescue Tender
30 Driving School Training 1 WrL, 2 WrT


  • All Terrain Rescue Unit (ATRU)
  • Animal & Water Rescue Unit (AWrRU)
  • Breathing Apparatus Support Unit (BASU)
  • Combined Aerial Rescue Pump (CARP)
  • Command Support Unit (CSU)
  • Command Unit (CU)
  • Control Emergency Evacuation Vehicle (CEEV)
  • Detection, Identification & Monitoring Van (DIM)
  • Environmental Response Unit (ERU)
  • Fire & Emergency Support Service (FESS)
  • High Volume Pumping Unit (HVPU)
  • Hose Layer Trailer (HLTr)
  • Hose Laying Unit (HLU)
  • Hovercraft (Hcft)
  • Incident Response Unit (IRU)
  • Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB)
  • Light Four-Wheeled-Drive Vehicle (L4V)
  • Line Rescue Unit (LiRU)
  • Major Salvage Unit (MSU)
  • Mass Decontamination Disrobe (MDD)
  • Personnel Carrying Vehicle (PCV)
  • Prime Mover (PM)
  • Rail Rescue Unit (RailRU)
  • Rescue Boat (RB)
  • Rescue Pump (RP)
  • Rescue Tender (RT)
  • Specialist Foam Unit (SFoU)
  • Swift Water Rescue (SWrR)
  • Turntable Ladder (TL)
  • Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)
  • Water Safety Unit (WrSU)
  • Water Tender (WrT)
  • Water Tender Ladder (WrL)
  • Welfare Unit (WelU)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "History". Avon Fire & Rescue Service. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.avonfire.gov.uk/avon/your+safety
  3. ^ "Car removal plan beats torchings". BBC News. 17 September 2002. Retrieved 23 January 2012. [...] in 2001 Avon Fire Brigade embarked upon its Car Clear scheme to remove abandoned vehicles from Bristol's streets as soon as possible. 
  4. ^ "Press Release – Car Clear saves Avon taxpayers over £6.5m". Avon Fire and Rescue Service. 6 June 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2012. Martin Glanvill, Arson Task Force manager, said: "Car Clear has been a huge success over the last six years and during this time we have seen a big reduction in the number of vehicle fires. [...]" 
  5. ^ http://www.swfirecontrol.co.uk/whatisfirecontrol.asp
  6. ^ "Control room scrapping 'will help Devon and Somerset". BBC News. 20 December 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  7. ^ http://www.polybilteurope.com/news/view/102
  8. ^ http://www.avonfire.gov.uk/avon/all-areas/940-investing-for-the-future
  9. ^ http://www.avonfire.gov.uk/all-areas/1200-kingswood-fire-station-closes-temporarily-for
  10. ^ http://www.avonfire.gov.uk/south-gloucestershire-news/1412-newly-refurbished-kingswood-fire-station-reopens

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