Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service

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Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.jpeg
Operational area
Country  England
Counties  Herefordshire
 Worcestershire
Agency overview
Established 1974 (1974)
Employees 332
Annual budget £32.6 million[1]
Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis
Facilities and equipment
Stations 27
Engines 41
Platforms 2
Rescues 1
USAR 5 modules
Rescue boats 4
Website
Official website

The Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service covering Herefordshire and Worcestershire in the West Midlands region of England. The two counties consist of around 1,500 square miles, and a population of over 750,000 people.

The service was created in 1974 when The County Of Hereford Fire Brigade and The Worcester City & County Fire Brigade were merged to create The County Of Hereford and Worcester Fire Brigade. The two counties were split up again in 1998 but the fire service remained, and is now run by a joint fire authority.

The service has 332 wholetime operational staff, 369 retained (part-time) staff, 21 Fire Control staff, as well as about 98 non-uniformed support staff. The busiest areas of Hereford and Worcester fire & rescue is Worcester and Redditch both averaging roughly 1,500 call outs a year, the least busiest areas being Peterchurch and Fownhope averaging between 10-20 callouts a year. Evesham & Peterchurch stations are also home to the fire services realistic training facilities. The main training centre is at Droitwich fire station.

Neighbouring fire services include: Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Mid and West Wales, South Wales and the West Midlands.

Fire Stations/Appliances Worcestershire Division[edit]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
19 Droitwitch (USAR) Retained 1x SWRU+IrbT, 1x PCV, 1x SDU, 3x MAN PM for 5x USAR Pods
21 Worcester Wholetime*/Day Crew Plus /Retained 2x WrT, 1x HRP, 1x ALP, 1x SWRU+IrbT*
22 Stourport-On-Severn Retained/Jump Crewed* 1x WrT, 1x EPU*
23 Bewdley Retained 1x WrT, 1x L4V+ATV
24 Kidderminster Wholetime*/Retained/Jump Crewed*/Volunteer 1x WrT, 1x HRP, 1x PM+HVP*, 1x PM+HVHL*, SARA
25 Bromsgrove Day Crew Plus*/Retained 1x WrT, 1x HRP
26 Droitwich Spa Day Crewed*/Retained/Jump Crewed* 1x WrT, 1x UHRP*, 1x ISU*, 1x SWRU*, 1x FIU, 1x YFT, 2x TA
27 Redditch Wholetime*/Retained 1x CP, 1x WrT, 1x HRP, 1x YFT
28 Evesham Day Crewed*/Retained/Jump crewed* 1x WrT, 1x HRP, 1x WRC* 1x SWRU+IrbT*
29 Pebworth Retained 1x WrT
30 Broadway Retained 1x HRP
31 Pershore Retained 1x WrTa, 1x WMA
32 Upton-Upon-Severn Retained 1x CRP
41 Malvern Day Crewed*/Retained/Jump Crewed* 1x WRT, 1x HRP, 1x L4V+ATV*, 1x LiRU*, 1x CSU*, 1x RCSV
53 Tenbury Wells Retained 1x HRP

Fire Stations/Appliances Herefordshire Division[edit]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
42 Ledbury Retained/Jump Crewed* 1x HRP, 1x WRC*
43 Fownhope Retained 1x WrT
44 Ross-On-Wye Retained 1x WrT, 1x CRP, 1x RAV
45 Whitchurch Retained 1x HRP, 1x RAV
46 Hereford Wholetime/Day Crew Plus*/Retained/Jump Crewed* 2x WrT, 1x UHRP*, 1x ALP*, 1x SWRU+IrbT*, 1x BB
47 Ewyas Harald Retained 1x HRP
48 Eardisley Retained 1x WrT
49 Kington Retained 1x HRP
50 Leintwardine Retained 1x HRP
51 Kingsland Retained 1x WrT
52 Leominster Retained/Jump Crewed 1x WrT, 1x HRP, 1x WRC
54 Bromyard Retained 1x WrTa, 1x HRP
55 Peterchurch Retained 1x HRP

Fire Appliance Glossary/Callsigns[edit]

  • Pump, Standard firefighting appliance based on either; Dennis Sabre, Mercedes Atego, Man, Scania P94D, Scania P270 & Scania P280 chassis (WrT): 1 / 3
  • Pump With Animal Rescue, Modified Scania P94D pump to carry animal rescue equipment (WrTa): 1 / 3
  • Heavy Rescue Pump, Standard firefighting appliance with heavy cutting equipment based on either; Dennis Sabre, Mercedes Atego, Man, Scania P94D, Scania P270 & Scania P280 chassis (HRP): 2
  • Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) Pump, custom Scania P280 Rescue Pump with a modified locker to deliver compressed foam (CP) 3
  • Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) Rescue Pump, Man Rescue Pump with a modified locker to deliver compressed foam (CRP) 2
  • Ultra Heavy Rescue Pump, Modified Scania P280 Rescue Pump, that carries ultra heavy lifting gear instead of a ladder (UHRP): 2
  • Young Firefighters Tender, older variants of a Dennis Sabre pump used in youth activities (YFT): N/A
  • Training Appliance, older variants of a Dennis Sabre Pump used in core training (TA): N/A
  • Restricted Access Vehicle, a Mercedes Sprinter with 4x4 capabilities to access incidents that cannot be reached with a standard appliance, they also carry a CAFS system (RAV): 5
  • Water Carrier, Scania P94 & Scania P310 chassis loaded with a large tank of water to supply at incidents with either a weak or no water source (WrC): 7
  • Aerial Ladder Platform, custom Scania P270 chassis with a Bronto Skylift (ALP): 6
  • Light 4x4 Vehicle, a custom Land Rover Defender used for off-road firefighting (L4V): 5,
  • Light 4x4 Vehicle + All Terrain vehicle, As above but with a Crayford Argocat 8x8 used for off-road rescues (L4V+ATV): 4 / 5
  • Swift Water Rescue Unit + Inshore Rescue Boat (SWRU+IrbT): 5
  • Command Support Unit, Converted Dennis bus used as a Base Of Operations at large scale incidents (CSU): 8
  • Environmental Protection Unit, A Mercedes Sprinter operated by both the H&WFRS & the Environment Agency at incidents that affect nature and dangerous chemicals (EPU): 8
  • Incident Support Unit (ISU): 8
  • Line Rescue Unit, A Mercedes Sprinter loaded with mountain rescue essentials (LiRU): 8
  • Prime Mover + High Volume Pump (PM+HVP): M10
  • Prime Mover + High Volume Hose Layer (PM+HVHL): P10
  • Fire Investigation Unit (FIU)
  • Red Cross Support Vehicle (RCSV)
  • West Midlands Ambulance Standby (WMA)
  • Blood Bike Standby (BB)
  • 'SARA' Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA)

CBRN Response:


Urban Search & Rescue (USAR):

  • Search & Rescue Dog Unit (SDU): S136
  • Personnel Carrier Vehicle (PCV): S138
  • Prime Mover (PM): M54/M55/M56

Pods:

  • Module 1 - Technical Search Equipment
  • Module 2 - Heavy Transport, Confined Space & Hot Cutting
  • Module 3 - Breaching & Breaking Equipment
  • Module 4 - Multi Purpose Vehicle
  • Module 5 - Shoring Operations

Rank Structure[edit]

Rank Role
Firefighter Carrying out day-to-day duties within the station and firefighting
Crew Commander In charge of 1 fire appliance at a Wholetime/Day crewed station, in charge of a watch at retained stations & in charge of incidents with 1 appliance
Watch Commander In charge of a watch at Wholetime/Day Crewed/Retained Stations & in charge of incidents with 2-3 appliances
Station Commander In charge of 2 or more Stations and takes command at incidents with more than 3 appliances
Group Commander In charge of a group of stations in an area & takes command of incidents with more than 8 appliances
Area Commander In charge of all stations either in Herefordshire or Worcestershire & takes charge at incidents with more than 10 appliances
Assistant Chief Fire Officer In charge of the brigade when both the CFO & DCFO are unavailable & will take charge at incidents with more than 12 appliances
Deputy Chief Fire Officer In charge of the brigade when the CFO is unavailable, Commander of the High Volume Pumping Unit & takes charge of incidents with more than 15 appliances
Chief Fire Officer In charge of the brigade & will take charge of incidents with more than 15 appliances

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