Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service

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Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Operational area
Country  United Kingdom
Country  England
County Bedfordshire
Agency overview
Established April 1, 1997 (1997-04-01)
Employees 600
Facilities and equipment
Stations 14
Website
Official website

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is an area covered and served by Central Bedfordshire Council, Bedford Borough Council and Luton Borough Council. The Service was previously named Bedfordshire & Luton Fire and Rescue Service from 1 April 1997, following the creation of a separate unitary authority of Luton.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service currently employ more than 600 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 non-operational 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.[1]

The Firefighters currently working at the Counties 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.[2]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
AM Ampthill Retained 1x RP, 1x RwT
BE Bedford Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x RP, 1x ALP, 1x WRU+IrbT*, 1x OSU*, 1x PM+MDR*, 1x PM+MDD*
BI Biggleswade Retained 1x RP, 1x RwT
DU Dunstable Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 2x RP, 1x TRU*, 1x OSU*
HA Harrold Retained 1x RP, 1x MRV
KE Kempston Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x RP, 1x WrC, 1x SRU*
LB Leighton Buzzard Day Crewed/Cross Crewed* 2x RP, 1x ICU*
LU Luton Wholetime 2x RP, 1x ALP
PO Potton Retained/Cross Crewed* 1x RP, 1x ISU*
SA Sandy Retained 1x RP, 1x MRV
SH Shefford Retained 1x RP, 1x MRV
ST Stopsley Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 1x RP, 1x RSU*, 1x PM+HMSU*, 1x IRU*
TO Toddington Retained 1x RP, 1x RwT, 1x WrC, 1x MRV
WO Woburn Retained 1x RP, 1x MRV

Fire Appliance Glossary/Callsigns[edit]

  • Rescue Pump (RP): 2/2A/2B
  • Rural Water Tender (RwT): 3
  • Incident Support Unit (ISU): 4
  • Operational Support Unit (OSU): 4
  • Prime Mover + Hazardous Materials Support Unit (PM+HMSU): 4
  • Rescue Support Unit (RSU): 5
  • Specialist Rescue Unit (SRU): 5
  • Technical Support Unit (TSU): 5
  • Multi Role Vehicle (MRV): 6M
  • Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP): 7
  • Water Carrier (WrC): 8
  • Water Rescue Unit + Inshore Rescue Boat (WRU+IrbT): 9
  • Incident Command Unit (ICU): 30


CBRN Response:

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

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "East of England - Fire and resilience". Department for Communities and Local Government. Retrieved 7 July 2009.  Archived 29 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "About Us". Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 7 July 2009.