Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

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Surrey Fire and Rescue Service
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Surrey Fire and Rescue Service area
Coverage
Area Surrey
Size 1,663 km2 (642 sq mi)
Population 1,067,200
Operations
Formed 1 April 1948
HQ Reigate
Staff 1,000+
Stations 24
Chief Fire Officer Russell Pearson
Fire authority Surrey County Council
Website Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

The Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service for the County of Surrey, England, with 24 fire stations. It comes under the administrative and legislative control of Surrey County Council, who fund the service by collecting a precept via council tax, and from central government funds, known as a grant settlement.

The fire and rescue service[edit]

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service employs approximately 1000 staff and looks after a population of over one million people spread across an area of 1663 square kilometres. The region features several large urban areas such as Guildford, Redhill and Woking; 64 miles of motorway; and is in close proximity to two major airports in London Gatwick and London Heathrow.

A total of 24 fire stations are strategically sited throughout the County. 17 of these are crewed on a wholetime basis, with fire engine crews available at the fire station 24 hours a day and seven are crewed on a part-time basis (i.e. the crew live and work in the near vicinity and are available on call).

Historically, fire cover was set to national standards that were defined back in the 1930s.

New equipment[edit]

On 26 March 2007, Surrey fire service took delivery of 12 Scanias, amongst the UK's most advanced fire appliances at that time. The vehicles seat eight firefighters instead of six, each has a "tough book" computer system that contains every address in the county.

They have a compressed air foam system or "CAFS" as it is known. This produces class 'A' foam through a hosereel or standard layflat hose. The class 'A' foam can be used to coat buildings and cars to continue absorbing heat after standard water would have run off. The system is useful for defensive firefighting operations but is unpopular with crews[citation needed] because the installation of a CAFS hosereel replaces one of the standard water hosereels used for offensive firefighting operations. A CAFS appliance carries only 60 m of hosereel compared to 120 m on the older appliances.

The fire service has received money to buy a new rescue boat which will be based at Walton-on-Thames and used during flooding incidents[citation needed].

Fire stations[edit]

Wholetime[edit]

  • Camberley (2 x Water Tender Ladders, Water Carrier, Unimog (Offroad wildfire vehicle) Landrover 4x4), Chertsey (Water Tender Ladder, Aerial Ladder Platform, Prime Mover), Dorking (Water Tender Ladder, Water Carrier, Landrover 4x4, Environment Protection Unit), Egham (Water Tender Ladder), Epsom (2 x Water Tender Ladders), Esher (Water Tender Ladder), Farnham (Water Tender Ladder, Water Carrier, Landrover 4x4), Godstone (Water Tender Ladder, Water Carrier, Incident Response Unit), Guildford (2x Water Tender Ladders, Aerial Ladder Platform, Prime Mover), Leatherhead (Water Tender Ladder, Water Carrier, British Red Cross Fire & Emergency Support Unit), Painshill (Water Tender Ladder, Incident Command Unit, Forward Command Vehicle), Reigate (2 x Water Tender Ladders, Search and Rescue Tender), Staines (Water Tender Ladder), Sunbury-on-Thames (Water Tender Ladder), Woking (2 x Water Tender Ladders)

Variable[edit]

  • Haslemere (2 x Water Tender Ladders, Landrover 4x4), Walton-on-Thames (2 x Water Tender Ladders, Swift Water Rescue Vehicle and Pod, Rigid Inflatable Boat)

Retained[edit]

See also[edit]

Other Surrey emergency services[edit]

External links[edit]