Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

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Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service
Operational area
Country  England
County  Cumbria
Agency overview
Established 1974 (1974)
Chief Fire Officer Dominic Harrison
Facilities and equipment
Stations 38
Official website

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 Abbreviations[edit]

  • Pump (WrL)
  • Light Four Wheel Pump (L4P)
  • Major Rescue Unit (MRV)
  • Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP)
  • General Purpose Vehicle (L4V)
  • Water Carrier/Tanker (WrC)
  • Wildfire Unit (WFU)
  • High Volume Pumping Unit (HVPU)
  • Incident Response Unit (IRU)
  • Command and Control Unit (CCU)
  • Welfare Unit (WU)

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 Appliances
03 Retained Aspatria King Street, Aspatria 1x WrL
41 Retained Bootle Station Road, Bootle 1x WrL
04 Retained Cockermouth Station Road, Cockermouth 1x WrL, 1x WU
05 Retained Egremont Chapel Street, Egremont 1x WrL
06 Retained Frizington Main Street, Frizington 1x WrL
07 Retained Keswick Penrith Road, Keswick 1x WrL, 1x L4P
08 Retained Maryport Mealpot Road, Maryport 2x WrL
09 Retained Seascale Gosforth Road, Seascale 1x WrL
10 Retained Silloth Solway Street, Silloth 1x WrL, 1X L4P
02 Wholetime Whitehaven Main Street, Hensingham 2x WrL, 1x WFU
01 Wholetime Workington Moorclose, Workington 2x WrL, 1x MRV

Barrow & South Lakeland Area[edit]

Station Callsign Duty System Station Name Station Address Appliances
61 Retained Ambleside Rydal Road, Ambleside 1x WrL, 1x L4P
63 Retained Arnside Silverdale Road, Arnside 1x WrL
40 Wholetime Barrow-In-Furness Phoenix Road, Barrow 2x WrL, 1x ALP, 1x MRV, 1x IRU, 1x L4V
42 Retained Broughton-In-Furness Foxfield Road, Broughton 1x WrL
43 Retained Coniston Yewdale Road, Coniston 1x WrL
45 Retained Grange-Over-Sands Kents Bank Road, Grange 1x WrL, 1x L4P
60 Wholetime/Retained Kendal Busher Walk, Kendal 2x WrL, 2x HVPU, 1x MRV
64 Retained Kirby Lonsdale New Road, Kirby Lonsdale 1x WrL
46 Retained Millom Millom Road, Millom 1x WrL, 1x L4P
66 Retained Milnthorpe Beetham Road, Milnthorpe 1x WrL
67 Retained Sedbergh Long Lane, Sedbergh 1x WrL, 1x L4P
69 Retained Staveley The Green, Staveley 1x WrL
47 Retained Ulverston The Ellers, Ulverston 2x WrL
48 Retained Walney Island Mill Lane, Walney 1x WrL
70 Retained Windermere Ellerthwaite Road, Windermere 1x WrL, 1x L4P

Carlisle & Eden Area[edit]

Station Callsign Duty System Station Name Station Address Appliances
22 Retained Alston Front Street, Alston 1x WrL
62 Retained Appleby Holme Street, Appleby-In-Westmorland 1x WrL, 1x L4P
23 Retained Brampton Greenfield Lane, Brampton 1x WrL
20 Wholetime Carlisle East Eastern Way, Durranhill, Carlisle 1x WrL, 1x ALP, 1x MRV
21 Wholetime Carlisle West Brookside, Raffles, Carlisle 1x WrL
65 Retained Kirby Stephen Christian Head, Kirby Stephen 1x WrL
24 Retained Lazonby Banktop, Lazonby 1x WrL
25 Retained Longtown Mary Street, Longtown 1x WrL
26 Retained Patterdale A592, Patterdale 1x WrL
27 Retained Penrith Kemplay Bank, Penrith 2x WrL, 1x WrC, 1x MRV, 1x CCU
68 Retained Shap Main Street, Shap 1x WrL
11 Retained Wigton Station Road, Wigton 1x WrL

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]
  • December 2009 - Dozens of firefighters fight a large blaze in Penrith's Morrisons Supermarket, which resulted in a complete rebuild of the store.

See also[edit]


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