Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

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Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service
Operational area
County Cumbria
Agency overview
Established1974 (1974)
Chief Fire OfficerSteve Healey
Facilities and equipment
Official website

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service for the Shire county of Cumbria, England. Of the 38 fire stations, there are six wholetime (Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle (2 Stations East and West), Whitehaven, Workington and Ulverston). 2-day crewed (Kendal and Penrith) and 30 retained. Since 2012 the headquarters are at Penrith next to the headquarters of Cumbria Constabulary.


The recent history of Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service really starts in 1947 when the fire service as we know it today was formed. Prior to that there was the National Fire Service and before that there were various independent services run by volunteers in villages, towns and cities throughout the country. Cumbria Fire Service was formed in 1974 after local government was reorganised. It took in Cumberland Fire Service, Westmorland Fire Service, Carlisle and Barrow Fire Services and parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire. Cumbria is the second largest county in the UK. In 2005, the service changed its name to Cumbria Fire & Rescue service to reflect the new responsibilities it now has.

Fire Stations/Appliances[edit]

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has split Cumbria into three areas, each containing two of the county's districts, they are:

Allerdale & Copeland Area[edit]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
C03 Aspatria Retained 1x WrL
C41 Bootle Retained 1x DrP
C04 Cockermouth Retained/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x WelfU*
C05 Egremont Retained 1x WrL
C06 Frizington Retained 1x WrL
C07 Keswick Retained 1x DrP, 1x L4P
C08 Maryport Retained 2x WrL
C09 Seascale Retained 1x WrL
C10 Silloth Retained 1x WrL, 1X L4P
C02 Whitehaven Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x WFU*
C01 Workington Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 1x ErP, 1x WrL, 1x ICU*

Barrow and South Lakeland Area[edit]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
C61 Ambleside Retained 1x DrP, 1x L4P
C63 Arnside Retained 1x WrL
C40 Barrow-In-Furness Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x ALP*, 1x CEV*, 1x IRU*
C42 Broughton-In-Furness Retained 1x WrL
C43 Coniston Retained 1x DrP
C45 Grange-Over-Sands Retained 1x WrL, 1x L4P
C60 Kendal Day Crewed/Retained/Cross Crewed* 1x ErP, 1x WrL, 1x MRV*, 1x GPV*, 1x PM* for 1x HVP, 1x HVHL
C64 Kirkby Lonsdale Retained 1x WrL
C46 Millom Retained 1x WrL, 1x L4P
C66 Milnthorpe Retained 1x WrL
C67 Sedbergh Retained 1x DrP, 1x L4P
C69 Staveley Retained 1x WrL
C47 Ulverston Wholetime/Retained 1x ErP, 1x WrL
C48 Walney Island Retained 1x WrL, 1x ICU
C70 Windermere Retained 1x WrL, 1x L4P

Carlisle and Eden Area[edit]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
C22 Alston Retained 1x WrL
C62 Appleby Retained 1x WrL, 1x L4P
C23 Brampton Retained 1x WrL
C20 Carlisle East Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x ALP*, 1x MRV*
C21 Carlisle West Wholetime 1x ErP
C65 Kirkby Stephen Retained 1x WrL
C24 Lazonby Retained 1x DrP
C25 Longtown Retained 1x WrL
C26 Patterdale Retained 1x DrP
C27 Penrith Day Crewed/Retained/Cross Crewed* 1x ErP, 1x WrL, 1x WrC*, 1x MRV*, 1x CCU*, 1x PM+EPU*
C68 Shap Retained 1x DrP
C11 Wigton Retained 1x WrL

Fire Appliance Glossary/Callsigns[edit]

  • Water Rescue Ladder (WrL): P1/P2
  • Enhanced Rescue Pump (ErP): P1
  • Duel Role Pump (DrP): P1
  • Light 4x4 Pump (L4P): L1
  • Water Carrier/Driver Training (WrC): W1
  • Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP): A1/A2
  • Command & Control Unit (CCU): C1
  • Joint Incident Command Unit (ICU): C1 (Shared between Cumbria Constabulary and North West Ambulance Service)
  • Wildfire Unit (WFU): M1
  • Cobra Enabled Vehicle (CEV): M1
  • Welfare Unit (WelfU): S8
  • General Purpose Vehicle (GPV): T1
  • Prime Mover (PM): T8/T9


  • Environmental Protection Unit (EPU)
  • High Volume Pump (HVP)
  • High Volume Hose Layer (HVHL)

CBRN Response:

  • Incident Response Unit (IRU): H9

  • About The Special Appliances:
  • 2013 Volvo FL Enhanced Rescue Pumps: The enhanced rescue pumps (ErP) combine the normal role of a WrL and a rescue unit. Thus making them slightly larger.
  • 2006 Land Rover Defender Cobra Enabled Vehicle (CEV): A modified wildfire Land Rover to contain the Cold Cut Cobra System, which is currently on trial in Barrow.

Incidents of note[edit]

  • 8 January 2005 – Carlisle and North Cumbria Floods,[1] the worst flooding in living memory caused massive disruption and damage across the county. More than 3,000 properties were affected, 60,000 homes were without power and some areas of Carlisle were under 7 ft (2.1 m) of water.[2]
  • 5 November 2006 – Over 100 firefighters from across South Cumbria fought a major fire which eventually destroyed two of Barrow's largest superstores (MFI and Allied Carpets).[3]
  • 2 January 2008 – Dozens of firefighters fight a large blaze in Barrow's Matalan store, just next door to a construction site where MFI once stood.[4]
  • December 2009 – Dozens of firefighters fight a large blaze in Penrith's Morrisons Supermarket, which resulted in a complete rebuild of the store.
  • December 2015 – All areas of the county affected by major flooding from Storm Desmond. The worst affected areas were Carlisle, Cockermouth and much of the South Lakes, with thousands of homes/properties being destroyed and major damaged to affected areas.[citation needed]
  • 11 January 2017 – Over 50 firefighters fight a large blaze in the old House of Lords building connected to Bar Continental in Barrow-in-Furness. The fire caused the building to at least partially collapse.[5]
  • April 2017– a major fire broke out in the SIS Pitches factory in Maryport. Over 100 firefighters attended. This fire caused further structural damage and eventual collapse

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