Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service
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|Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service|
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service area
|Size||5,921 km2 (2,286 sq mi)|
|HQ||South Park Avenue, Lincoln|
|Chief Fire Officer||Dave Ramscar|
|Deputy Chief Fire Officer||Nick Borrill|
|Fire authority||Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service|
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is the statutory fire and rescue service serving the non-metropolitan county of Lincolnshire in the East Midlands Region of the UK. This does not include North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, which are in the Yorkshire and the Humber Region.
The service employs approximately 900 firefighters and staff, with around 200 full-time firefighters. The county's 38 fire stations are allocated to one of three Divisions (East, West and South). The majority of Lincolnshire is covered by retained (part-time) staff, who attend on a call-out basis, due to the comparative large distances between main towns, and the county's spartan road network. In 2007, it was announced that the fire service had the UK's slowest average time to respond - ten minutes - due to the distances involved. The headquarters are based on South Park Avenue (A15) in the south of Lincoln.
Prior to 1974, when Lincolnshire was administratively three separate counties, there were three fire brigades for the geographic county, covering Kesteven, Holland and Lindsey, with Lindsey being the biggest, which formed in 1948. Grimsby had its own Grimsby Borough Fire Brigade. After 1974, much of the Lindsey Fire Brigade with Grimsby became part of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, and still is today. Prior to 1974, this would have covered two large oil refineries at Immingham and other large fire risks - indeed the Flixborough disaster in June 1974, the largest civilian explosion in the UK, took place soon after the separation of counties in the new Humberside area, although the Lincolnshire Fire Service, in nearby Gainsborough, would have been called for assistance.
Compared to many other parts of the UK, arson is not very common in the area covered by Lincolnshire Fire Service. However Lincolnshire does have an above-average serious road accident rate.
New fire service uniform
On Wednesday 1 April 2009 Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service were the first fire service to introduced the new fire service uniform for all fire services in the UK.
- Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service website
- Explanation of reorganisation of local fire brigades in 1974 at Humberside Fire Service
- New fire engines in February 2007
- Slowest response time in the UK in January 2007
- Lack of retained firefighters in September 2005
- Retained officers in Wragby in 2004