Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Operational area
Country  England
Agency overview
Established 1925 (1925)
Employees 1,000
Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher
Facilities and equipment
Stations 30
Official website

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service for the county of Hertfordshire, England. It is administered by a Fire Authority which is an internal part of Hertfordshire County Council. The Chief Fire Officer is Roy Wilsher, assisted by Deputy Chief Fire Officer John Mills.

The Service Headquarters is located in Hertford whilst the Training and Development Centre and Fire Control Centre are located in Stevenage.

In December 2005, the FRS dealt with what is thought to be the largest fire since World War II following an explosion at the Buncefield oil depot near Hemel Hempstead. The incident saw a large scale national response involving many UK brigades.


  • Water Ladder (WrL): the standard front line fire appliance
  • Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP): provides high-reach capability for fires and rescues
  • Rescue Support Unit (RSU): carries heavy cutting gear for larger incidents involving 3 or more cars, HGV's, trains, and planes
  • Incident Support Unit (ISU): mobilised to larger incidents, it primarily carries damage control kit
  • Decontamination & Environmental Protection Unit (DEPU): mobilised to deal with and protect the public and fire crews at chemical incidents
  • Command Support Unit (CSU): provides an on-site control point at larger incidents
  • Light 4x4 vehicle: for moving equipment and firefighters where a normal WrL would have difficulty gaining access
  • Incident Response Unit (IRU): a Government-provided vehicle for mass deonctamination
  • High Volume Pump (HVP): New Dimension vehicle for moving mass quantities of water at fires or during flooding


Station Number Location Type Appliances Registrations
01 Hemel Hempstead Wholetime 2 WrL, 1 DEPU KX59 MGU, KX10 EOV, EU55 PGZ
02 Markyate Retained 1 WrL EU55 ETX
03 Tring Retained 1 Wrl EU55 ETT
04 Berkhamsted Retained 1 WrL GN58 FDV
06 Kings Langley Retained 1 WrL KE53 VFJ
07 Rickmansworth Day crewed plus 1 WrL, 1 ISU KX60 EPC, EU55 PGE
08 Bushey Retained 1 WrL GN58 FDY
09 Watford Wholetime 2 WrL, 1 ALP KX10 EOT, KX60 EDK, EU54 ZXJ
10 Garston Wholetime 1 WrL KX13 EZP
11 St Albans Wholetime 2 WrL, 1 RSU, 1 IRU KX59 MGO, KX60 EDC, EJ15 DYR, DG53 FYY
12 Redbourn Retained 1 WrL EU54 ZVE
14 Borehamwood Wholetime 1 WrL, 1 4x4 KX60 EDL
15 Potters Bar Day crew plus 1 WrL KX60 EDR
16 Cheshunt Wholetime and Retained 2 WrL KG52 WDE, EU58 FWP
17 Hoddesdon Retained 1 WrL KX60 EDO
18 Hatfield Day Crewed 1 WrL, 1 4x4, 1 Water rescue unit KX60 EDF
19 Welwyn Garden City Wholetime & Retained 2 WrL, 1 HVP, 1 4x4 EU54 ZVD, KX60 EDJ, WX54 VKE
20 Welwyn Retained 1 WrL EU06 OZW
21 Wheathampstead Retained 1 WrL EU55 ETZ
22 Harpenden Retained 1 WrL EU54 ZVA
23 Stevenage Wholetime 2 WrL, 1 ALP, 1 4x4 KX59 MGJ, KX60 EDP, EK51 DNY
24 Hertford Wholetime & Retained 2 WrL, 1 CSU KG52 WDD, EU58 FWR, GN57 LVW
25 Ware Retained 1 WrL KE53 VFK
26 Much Hadham Retained 1 WrL GN58 FDX
27 Sawbridgeworth Retained 1 WrL KE53 VFH
28 Bishop's Stortford Day Crewed and Retained 2 WrL KG52 WDJ, EU09 FKN
29 Buntingford Retained 1 WrL GN58 FDU
30 Royston Day Crewed and Retained 2 WrL, 1 4x4 EU06 OZV, KX13 EZR
31 Baldock & Letchworth Wholetime & Retained 2 WrL KG52 WDF, EU09 FKK
32 Hitchin Day Crewed and Retained 2 WrL, 1 ISU KG52 WDM, EU09 FJK, EU55 PGF


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External links[edit]

  • Hertfordshire fire and rescue services website -->[1]