Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

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Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service
Operational area
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Established1974 (1974)
Chief Fire OfficerJohn Beard
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Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service for the Shire county of Cumbria, England. Since 2012, the headquarters for the service's 38 fire stations are at Penrith next to the headquarters of Cumbria Constabulary.


Prior to 1947, 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. In 2005, the service changed its name to Cumbria Fire & Rescue service to reflect the new responsibilities it now has.

Fire stations[edit]

Of the 38 fire stations,[1] there are six wholetime in Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle East and West, Whitehaven, Workington and Kendal), of which three are supported by retained firefighters; two day-crewed (Ulverston and Penrith); and 30 retained.

The fire stations are split Cumbria into three areas, each containing two of the county's districts, they are:[2]

Allerdale and Copeland
  • Aspatria
  • Bootle
  • Cockermouth
  • Egremont
  • Frizington
  • Keswick
  • Maryport
  • Millom
  • Seascale
  • Silloth
  • Whitehaven
  • Wigton
Barrow and South Lakeland
  • Ambleside
  • Arnside
  • Barrow
  • Broughton
  • Coniston
  • Grange
  • Kendal
  • Kirkby Lonsdale
  • Milnthorpe
  • Sedbergh
  • Staveley
  • Ulverston
  • Walney
Carlisle and Eden
  • Alston
  • Appleby
  • Brampton
  • Carlisle East and West
  • Kirkby Stephen
  • Lazonby
  • Longtown
  • Patterdale
  • Penrith
  • Shap

Incidents of note[edit]

  • 8 January 2005 – Carlisle and North Cumbria Floods,[3] 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.[4]
  • 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).[5]
  • 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.[6]
  • 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.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service Operations". Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Find my location station". Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 17 April 2021.
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