Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service area
Area Shropshire & Telford and Wrekin
Size 3,487 km2 (1,346 sq mi)
Population 454,900
Formed 1948
HQ Shrewsbury
Staff 500 (wholetime & retained)
Stations 23
Co-responder Yes
Chief Fire Officer John Redmond
Fire authority Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority
Website Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

The Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service covering Shropshire, including Telford and Wrekin, in the West Midlands region of England.

Shropshire's Fire and Rescue Service is provided by 500 full-time and retained firefighters based at 23 fire stations around the county. They currently deploy 46 operational vehicles and a number of specialist appliances.

Organisation and Management[edit]

Fire Authority[edit]

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is governed by Elected Council representatives from Shropshire's two unitary Councils, Shropshire Council and Telford and Wrekin Council, together these representatives make up the Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority, chaired by an elected Councillor, the current Chair is Cllr. Stuart West.

Day to day Operational control of the service, is vested in the Chief Fire Officer (CFO), the current CFO is John Redmond.[1]

Executive Control[edit]

Within the organisation the CFO has full responsibility for the service also manages Finance and Resources.

The remainder of executive duties falls to the senior management team, consisting of:

  • Assistant Chief Fire Fire Officer - Steve Worrall who responsible for Community Safety, Service Delivery and Operations
  • Assistant Chief Fire Officer - Louise McKenzie who is responsible for Human Resources, Training, Development, Performance Review and Risk, Information and Communications Technology, Administration and Chaplaincy


An aerial appliance of the Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is one of the highest performing UK fire services, achieving consistently high marks in external audits carried out by the Audit Commission.[2][3]

Fire stations[edit]

Shropshire has a total of 23 stations:



The fire station in Church Stretton, manned by retained firefighters, with its two engines.

Fire Appliances[edit]

The Service operates a fleet of mainly Scania and Dennis Sabre appliances painted in a distinctive red and white scheme, in contrast to the more common red and yellow 'battenburg' scheme popular with many UK services. Special appliances are mainly Volvo based.

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