County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

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County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service
Operational area
Country  United Kingdom
Country  England
County  County Durham
Agency overview
Established April 1, 1948 (1948-04-01)
Chief Fire Officer Susan Johnson
Facilities and equipment
Stations 19
Official website

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service covering an area of 623,260 acres (2,522 km2), for the unitary authority areas of County Durham and Darlington. The service borders with Cleveland Fire Brigade, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.


The service was formed on 1 April 1948 as a result of the Fire Services Act 1947; however in later years it progressed to become one of the largest fire services in the North East of England. The first Chief Fire Officer was C.V Hall and was appointed this position on 19 September 1947. The large area covered by the FRS was then divided into three areas, consisting of: Divisions A-C. The Service now has its own training school, workshops and HQ - located in Framwellgate Moor[1]


The Service has a range of retained fire stations, whole-time fire stations, community safety centres and both retained and full-time fire stations which cover a total population of 519,000. Currently there are:

  • Seven retained stations
  • Six whole time and retained stations
  • Two whole time stations
  • Four community fire safety centres[2]

Districts Darlington, Derwentside, Durham, Easington, Sedgefield, Wear and Tees.

Stations Barnard Castle, Darlington, Consett, High Handenhold, Durham, Crook, Seaham, Peterlee, Wheatley Hill, Spennymoor, Sedgefield, Newton Aycliffe, Stanhope, Bishop Auckland, Middleton-in-Teesdale.


  • Every 999 call made to the service will be answered within 1.46 seconds.
  • 70% of dwelling fires will be responded to within eight minutes and 90% within eleven minutes
  • 75% of all road accidents will be responded to within eleven minutes and 90% within fifteen minutes[3]

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