Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service area
Area Warwickshire
Size 1,975.33 km2 (762.68 sq mi)
Population 546,600
Formed 1948
HQ Leamington Spa
Staff 550
Stations 16
Co-responder No
Chief Fire Officer Andy Hickmott
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Gary Phillips
Fire authority Warwickshire County Council
Website Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service serving the county of Warwickshire in the West Midlands region of England.

The service covers an area of 1,975.33 km² and a population of around 546,600 people. It employs 550 staff and has 16 fire stations with 32 fire engines.

The service is administered by Warwickshire County Council. Its headquarters are based in Leamington Spa.

A new interim Chief Fire Officer Andy Hickmott was appointed in May 2013 following Graeme Smith's retirement. He was in the fire service for 30 years and joined Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2009.


The service was created in 1948[1] by the Fire Services Act 1947 and was originally called Warwick County Fire Brigade.

It did not cover the cities of Coventry or Birmingham, which had their own fire brigades. In 1974 the service lost area to the newly created West Midlands Fire Service.

2007 warehouse fire[edit]

On 2 November 2007, crews were mobilised to a major fire at a vegetable packing plant operated by Wealmoor Ltd on an industrial estate in the village of Atherstone on Stour. Up to 100 firefighters and five ambulance crews were called to the scene and 16 fire engines were used to tackle the blaze. Part of the structure collapsed under the intensity of the fire.[2]

Four firefighters of the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service were killed: Ian Reid, who died in hospital, and Ashley Stephens, Darren Yates-Badley, and John Averis whose bodies were recovered from the debris.[3]

In February 2011, it was announced that two Watch Managers and one Station Manager, who were all at one time in command of the incident, were to face charges of manslaughter by gross negligence over the deaths of the men. They were acquitted in May 2012.[4] Warwickshire County Council was charged with failing to ensure safety at work[5] and pleaded guilty at a hearing in Wolverhampton in January 2012.[6] It was fined £30,000 in December 2012.[7]

Fire stations[edit]

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  1. ^ Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service Press Release - 50 Years Of The County Fire Service Warwickshire - 24 November 1998
  2. ^ "Firefighter dies tackling blaze". BBC News. 3 November 2007. 
  3. ^ "Four Firefighters believed dead". BBC News. 3 November 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Fire officers cleared over Atherstone warehouse deaths". BBC News. 30 May 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Charges over Warwickshire firefighters' deaths". BBC News. 28 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Firefighter warehouse deaths: Warwickshire council pleads guilty". BBC News. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Atherstone fire: Warwickshire County Council fined £30,000". BBC News (BBC). 7 December 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Brinklow fire station farewell". BBC News. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Tribute as fire station closes". Coventry Evening Telegraph. 22 October 1999. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Studley says farewell as station closes". Redditch Standard. 10 October 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Former fire station to be centre of village life". Government News. 30 March 2004. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  12. ^ "Warwick fire station closes". BBC News. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011.