Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service.jpg
Operational area
Country United Kingdom
Country England
County Bedfordshire
Agency overview
Established1 April 1997 (1997-04-01)
Facilities and equipment
Official website

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is the fire and rescue service for the ceremonial county of Bedfordshire in England, including the unitary authorities of Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, and Luton.

Bedfordshire Fire Brigade was recreated in 1947 after the disbanding of the National Fire Service. Luton began operating an independent brigade when it became a county borough in 1964. In 1974, the Luton brigade was re-absorbed into Bedfordshire, which was renamed Bedfordshire Fire Service. It was later renamed to Bedfordshire & Luton Fire and Rescue Service in 1997,[1] on the same day that Luton became a unitary authority. This reflected that Luton was no longer in the administrative county of Bedfordshire, though Luton remained in the ceremonial county. The brigade changed to its current name in 2012, three years after the administrative county was abolished and divided into two unitary authorities.[2]

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service currently employ more than 550 staff on a variety of conditions of service. These include Firefighters on the Wholetime shift system; Firefighters on the Retained Duty System; Fire Officers on the Flexible Duty System; Fire Control Operators and support staff.

The county's control room was due to move into a regional control centre in Cambridge in 2011 as part of the FiReControl project.[3]

The firefighters currently working at the county's five wholetime stations are the first in the country to work 24-hour shifts.

Fire Stations/Appliances[edit]

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service operates 14 fire stations, of which five are crewed on 24-hour shifts (wholetime), one day crewed (Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 17:00) and the remainder are crewed by retained firefighters who live near to their fire station and can arrive there within five minutes of a call-out.[4]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
FGB01 Ampthill Retained 1x RP, 1x RWT
FGB02 Bedford Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x RP, 1x ALP, 1x WRU+IRBt*, 1x OSU*, 1x PM+MDR*, 1x PM+MDD*
FGB03 Biggleswade Retained 1x RP, 1x RWT
FGB04 Dunstable Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 2x RP, 1x TRU*
FGB05 Harrold Retained 1x RP, 1x MRV
FGB06 Kempston Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x RP, 1x WrC, 1x SRU*
FGB07 Leighton Buzzard Day Crewed/Cross Crewed* 2x RP, 1x ICU*
FGB08 Luton Wholetime 2x RP, 1x ALP
FGB09 Potton Retained/Cross Crewed* 1x RP, 1x ISU*
FGB10 Sandy Retained 1x RP, 1x MRV
FGB11 Shefford Retained 1x RP, 1x MRV
FGB12 Stopsley Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 1x RP, 1x RSU*, 1x PM+HMSU*, 1x MDU*
FGB13 Toddington Retained 1x RP, 1x RWT, 1x WrC, 1x MRV
FGB14 Woburn Retained 1x RP, 1x MRV

Fire Appliance Glossary/Callsigns[edit]

  • Rescue Pump (RP): P1/P2
  • Rural Water Tender (RWT): P3
  • Incident Support Unit (ISU): 4
  • Operational Support Unit (OSU): 4
  • Prime Mover + Hazardous Materials Support Unit (PM+HMSU): H4
  • Rescue Support Unit (RSU): R5
  • Specialist Rescue Unit (SRU): R5
  • Technical Rescue Unit (TRU): R5
  • Multi Role Vehicle (MRV): 6M
  • Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP): A7
  • Water Carrier (WrC): W8
  • Water Rescue Unit + Inshore Rescue Boat (WRU+IRBT): B9
  • Incident Command Unit (ICU): C30

CBRN Response:

  • Prime Mover + Mass Decontamination Rerobe (PM+MDR): 95
  • Prime Mover + Mass Decontamination Disrobe (PM+MDD): 96
  • Prime Mover + Mass Decontamination Unit (MDU): 99


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Bedfordshire Fire Services (Combination Scheme) Order 1996". The National Archives. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Bedfordshire Fire Services (Combination Scheme) (Variation) Order 2012". The National Archives. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  3. ^ "East of England - Fire and resilience". Department for Communities and Local Government. Archived from the original on 29 September 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
  4. ^ "About Us". Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 7 July 2009.