County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

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County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service
County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service.png
Operational area
Country  United Kingdom
Country  England
County  County Durham
Agency overview
Established 1 April 1948 (1948-04-01)
Chief Fire Officer Stuart Errington
Facilities and equipment
Stations 15
Official website

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service covering an area of 623,260 acres (2,522 km2), for the unitary authority areas of County Durham and Darlington. The service borders with Cleveland Fire Brigade, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.


The service was formed on 1 April 1948 as a result of the Fire Services Act 1947; however in later years it progressed to become one of the largest fire services in the North East of England. The first Chief Fire Officer was C.V Hall and was appointed this position on 19 September 1947. The large area covered by the FRS was then divided into three areas, consisting of: Divisions A-C. The Service now has its own training school, workshops and HQ - located in Framwellgate Moor[1]

Fire Stations/Appliances[edit]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
D01 Consett Wholetime/Retained 2x WrL, 1x GPV
D02 High Hadenhold Wholetime/Retained 2x WrL 1x GPV
D03 Seaham Day Crewed/Retained 2x WrL 1x GPV
D04 Peterlee Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x GPV, 1x PM+HVP*, 1x PM+HVHL*
D05 Wheatley Hill Retained 1x WrL
D06 Durham Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 3x WrL, 1x TRV, 1x ALP, 1x GPV, 1x EPU/HL*
D07 Stanhope Retained 1x WrL, 1x GPV
D08 Crook Retained 2x WrL
D09 Spennymoor Day Crewed/Retained 2x WrL 1x WrC
D10 Sedgefield Retained 1x WrL, 1x WelFU
D11 Newton Aycliffe Day Crewed/Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x ICCU* 1x GPV
D12 Bishop Auckland Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x SRU, 1x WRU*, 1x FRV*, 1xGPV+IrbT* 1x GPV
D13 Middleton In Teesdale Retained 1x WrL, 1x TRV
D14 Barnard Castle Retained 2x WrL, 1x GPV
D15 Darlington Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x TRV, 1x ALP, 1x GPV, 1x PM* for BFU, MDD

Fire Appliance Glossary/Callsigns[edit]

  • Water Rescue Ladder (WrL): P1/P2/P3
  • Targeted Response Vehicle (TRV): L1
  • Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP): A1
  • General Purpose Vehicle (GPV): T1
  • Environmental Protection Unit/Hose Layer (EPU/HL): W1
  • Prime Mover + High Volume Hose Layer (PM+HVHL): T8
  • Prime Mover + High Volume Pump (PM+HVP): T9
  • Prime Mover + Bulk Foam Unit (PM+BFU): S1
  • Special Rescue Unit (SRU): R2
  • General Purpose Vehicle + Inshore Rescue Boat (GPV+IrbT): T2
  • Water Rescue Unit (WRU): T3
  • Flood Response Vehicle (FRV): T4
  • Incident Command & Control Unit (ICCU): C1
  • Welfare Unit (WelFU): S2

CBRN Response:

  • Incident Response Unit (IRU): H9
  • Prime Mover + Mass Decontamination Disrobe (PM+MDD): T9

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