Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

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Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service
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Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service area
Area Cumbria
Size 6,768 km2 (2,613 sq mi)
Population 498,800
Formed 1974
HQ Carleton, Penrith
Stations 38
Co-responder Yes
Chief Fire Officer Dominic Harrison
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Ian Cartwright
Fire authority Cumbria Fire and Rescue Authority
Website Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service for the Shire county of Cumbria, England. Of the 38 fire stations, there are six wholetime (Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle, Kendal, Whitehaven, Workington and Penrith) and 32 retained. Since 2012 the headquarters aret at Penrith next to the headquarters of Cumbria Constabulary.


The recent history of Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service really starts in 1947 when the fire service as we know it today was formed. Prior to that there was the National Fire Service and before that there were various independent services run by volunteers in villages, towns and cities throughout the country. Cumbria Fire Service was formed in 1974 after local government was reorganised. It took in Cumberland Fire Service, Westmorland Fire Service, Carlisle and Barrow Fire Services and parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire. Cumbria is the second largest county in the UK. In 2005, the service changed its name to Cumbria Fire & Rescue service to reflect the new responsibilities it now has.

Fire Appliance Profile[edit]

  • 47x Pumps
  • 8x Light Four Wheel Pumps (L4P)
  • 5x Major Rescue Units (MRV)
  • 4x Aerial Ladder Platforms (ALP)
  • 2x General Purpose Vehicles (L4V)
  • 1x Water Carrier/Tanker (WrC)
  • 1x High Volume Pumping Unit (HVPU)
  • 1x Welfare Unit
  • 1x Wildfire Unit
  • 1x Incident Response Unit (IRU)

Fire Stations[edit]

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has split Cumbria into three areas, each containing two of the county's districts, they are:

Allerdale & Copeland Area[edit]

Station Callsign Duty System Station Name Station Address
03 Retained Aspatria King Street, Aspatria
41 Retained Bootle Main Street, Bootle
04 Retained Cockermouth Station Road, Cockermouth
05 Retained Egremont Chapel Street, Egremont
06 Retained Frizington Main Street, Frizington
07 Retained Keswick Penrith Road, Keswick
08 Retained Maryport Mealpot Road, Maryport
09 Retained Seascale Gosforth Road, Seascale
10 Retained Silloth Solway Street, Silloth
02 Wholetime Whitehaven Main Street, Hensingham
01 Wholetime Workington Moorclose, Workington

Barrow & South Lakeland Area[edit]

Station Callsign Duty System Station Name Station Address
61 Retained Ambleside Rydal Road, Ambleside
63 Retained Arnside Silverdale Road, Arnside
40 Wholetime Barrow-In-Furness Phoenix Road, Barrow
42 Retained Broughton-In-Furness Foxfield Road, Broughton
43 Retained Coniston Yewdale Road, Coniston
45 Retained Grange-Over-Sands Kents Bank Road, Grange
60 Wholetime/Retained Kendal Busher Walk, Kendal
64 Retained Kirby Lonsdale New Road, Kirby Lonsdale
46 Retained Millom Millom Road, Millom
66 Retained Milnthorpe Beetham Road, Milnthorpe
67 Retained Sedbergh Long Lane, Sedbergh
69 Retained Staveley The Green, Staveley
47 Retained Ulverston The Ellers, Ulverston
48 Retained Walney Island Mill Lane, Walney
70 Retained Windermere Ellerthwaite Road, Windermere

Carlisle & Eden Area[edit]

Station Callsign Duty System Station Name Station Address
22 Retained Alston Front Street, Alston
62 Retained Appleby Holme Street, Appleby-In-Westmorland
23 Retained Brampton Greenfield Lane, Brampton
20 Wholetime Carlisle East Eastern Way, Durranhill, Carlisle
21 Wholetime Carlisle West Brookside, Raffles, Carlisle
65 Retained Kirby Stephen Christian Head, Kirby Stephen
24 Retained Lazonby Banktop, Lazonby
25 Retained Longtown Mary Street, Longtown
26 Retained Patterdale A592, Patterdale
27 Retained Penrith Kemplay Bank, Penrith
68 Retained Shap Main Street, Shap
11 Retained Wigton Station Road, Wigton

Incidents of note[edit]

  • 8 January 2005 - Carlisle and North Cumbria Floods,[1] the worst flooding in living memory caused massive disruption and damage across the county. More than 3,000 properties were affected, 60,000 homes were without power and some areas of Carlisle were under 7 ft (2.1 m) of water.[2]
  • 5 November 2006 - Over 100 firefighters from across South Cumbria fought a major fire which eventually destroyed two of Barrow's largest superstores (MFI and Allied Carpets).[3]
  • 2 January 2008 - Dozens of firefighters fight a large blaze in Barrow's Matalan store, just next door to a construction site where MFI once stood.[4]

See also[edit]


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