Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service
|Established||April 1, 1997|
|Facilities and equipment|
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 Firefighters currently working at the Counties five Wholetime stations are the first in the Country to work 24-hour shifts.
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.
- Dunstable (Two Rescue Pumps)
- Luton (Two Rescue Pumps, Aerial Ladder Platform)
- Stopsley (Rescue Pump, Emergency Support Unit, Incident Response Unit)
Wholetime / Retained
- Bedford (Two Rescue Pumps, Aerial Ladder Platform, Two Operation Support Units, Rescue Boat)
- Kempston (Two Rescue Pumps, Specialist Rescue Unit, Water Carrier)
- Leighton Buzzard (Two Rescue Pumps, Incident Command Unit)
- Ampthill (Rescue Pump, Water Tender)
- Biggleswade (Rescue Pump, Water Tender)
- Harrold (Rescue Pump, Multi Role Vehicle)
- Potton (Rescue Pump, Welfare Unit)
- Sandy (Rescue Pump, multi Role Vehicle)
- Shefford (Rescue Pump, Multi Role Vehicle)
- Toddington (Rescue Pump, Water Tender, Multi Role Vehicle, water carrier)
- Woburn (Rescue Pump, Multi Role Vehicle)
A typical Bedfordshire fire engine