Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service
Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.jpg
We Save Lives
Operational area
CountryEngland
CountyBuckinghamshire
Agency overview
Established1 April 1997 (1997-04-01)
Annual calls8090 (2016-17)
Employees470 (2019)
Chief Fire OfficerJason Thelwell
Facilities and equipment
Stations19
USARYes
Website
bucksfire.gov.uk Edit this at Wikidata

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (also known as Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire and Rescue Service), is the Local Authority Fire Service serving the English unitary authorities of Buckinghamshire and the Borough of Milton Keynes.

The Combined Fire Authority became operational on 1 April 1997 as a result of the Buckinghamshire Fire Services (Combination Scheme) Order 1996, which was approved in November 1996.[1]

Performance[edit]

In 2018/2019, every fire and rescue service in England and Wales was subjected to a statutory inspection by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HIMCFRS). Another cycle of inspections was carried out starting in 2021.The inspections investigate how well the service performs in each of three areas. On a scale of outstanding, good, requires improvement and inadequate, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service was rated as follows:

HMICFRS Inspection Buckinghamshire
Area Rating 2018/19[2] Rating 2021/22[3] Description
Effectiveness Requires improvement Requires improvement How effective is the fire and rescue service at keeping people safe and secure from fire and other risks?
Efficiency Requires improvement Requires improvement How efficient is the fire and rescue service at keeping people safe and secure from fire and other risks?
People Good Requires improvement How well does the fire and rescue service look after its people?

Fire stations and appliances[edit]

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue appliances

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service operates 19 fire stations,[4] of which two are crewed day and night by wholetime firefighters, ten are crewed by on-call firefighters who live near to their fire station and can arrive there within ten minutes of a call being received, and seven are crewed by a combination of wholetime and on-call firefighters.[5] Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service also operate a pool of "flexi-firefighters" who fill in gaps in wholetime crewing.[6]

Blue Light Hub[edit]

On 10 February 2016, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority (BMKFA) approved plans for a new combined station to be used alongside Thames Valley Police, South Central Ambulance Service, and NHS Blood and Transplant, named the "Blue Light Hub" to be built.[7][8] The new station is intended to house over 200 fire, police, and ambulance staff who will be relocating from various locations across Milton Keynes to work together in one central location.[9]

On 30 June 2020, fire crews from Great Holm and Bletchley fire stations moved into the new West Ashland fire station, inside the Blue Light Hub.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS 1996 No. 2924". Legislation.gov.uk. 19 November 1996. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Buckinghamshire 2018/19". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HIMCFRS). 17 December 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Buckinghamshire 2021/22". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HIMCFRS). 15 December 2021. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  4. ^ "About Us". Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 17 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Our On-Call Fire Stations". Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Annex B Fire Reform Executive Committee 20192016". Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority. 12 September 2016. pp. 61–62. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Crews move into brand new fire station at West Ashland". Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service. 1 July 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Fire Authority Approves Milton Keynes Station Marger". www.miltonkeynes.co.uk. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Two Bucks Fire Stations To Merge". Heart Four Counties. Retrieved 19 July 2019.

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