Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service

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Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service
England Police Forces (Bedfordshire).svg
Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service area
Area Bedfordshire
Size 1,230 km2 (470 sq mi)
Population 576 800
Formed 1 April 1997
HQ Kempston
Staff 600
Stations 14
Co-responder No
Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Glen Ranger
Fire authority Combined Fire Authority
Website Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is an area covered and served by Central Bedfordshire Council, Bedford Borough Council and Luton Borough Council. The Service was previously named Bedfordshire & Luton Fire and Rescue Service from 1 April 1997, following the creation of a separate unitary authority of Luton.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service currently employ more than 600 staff on a variety of conditions of service. These include Firefighters on the Wholetime shift system; Firefighters on the Retained Duty System; Fire Officers on the Flexible Duty System, Fire Control Operators and non-operational staff.

The county's control room was due to move into a regional control centre in Cambridge in 2011 as part of the FiReControl project.[1]

The Firefighters currently working at the Counties five Wholetime stations are the first in the Country to work 24-hour shifts.

Fire stations[edit]

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service operates 14 fire stations, of which five are crewed on 24-hour shifts (wholetime), one day crewed (Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 17:00) and the remainder are crewed by retained firefighters who live near to their fire station and can arrive there within five minutes of a call-out.[2]


  • Dunstable (Two Rescue Pumps)
  • Luton (Two Rescue Pumps, Aerial Ladder Platform)
  • Stopsley (Rescue Pump, Emergency Support Unit, Incident Response Unit)

Wholetime / Retained[edit]

  • Bedford (Two Rescue Pumps, Aerial Ladder Platform, Two Operation Support Units, Rescue Boat)
  • Kempston (Two Rescue Pumps, Specialist Rescue Unit, Water Carrier)

Day Crewed[edit]


  • Ampthill (Rescue Pump, Water Tender)
  • Biggleswade (Rescue Pump, Water Tender)
  • Harrold (Rescue Pump, Multi Role Vehicle)
  • Potton (Rescue Pump, Welfare Unit)
  • Sandy (Rescue Pump, multi Role Vehicle)
  • Shefford (Rescue Pump, Multi Role Vehicle)
  • Toddington (Rescue Pump, Water Tender, Multi Role Vehicle, water carrier)
  • Woburn (Rescue Pump, Multi Role Vehicle)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "East of England - Fire and resilience". Department for Communities and Local Government. Retrieved 7 July 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ "About Us". Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 7 July 2009.