Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service.jpg
Operational area
Country  England
County  Lincolnshire
Agency overview
Established 1974 (1974)
Employees 900
Chief Fire Officer Nick Borrill
Facilities and equipment
Stations 38
Official website

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue (LFR) is the statutory fire and rescue service serving the non-metropolitan county of Lincolnshire in the East Midlands Region of the UK. This does not include North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, which are covered by Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.

The area covered is a large mainly rural, with LFR coming under the authority of Lincolnshire County Council. Lincoln is the only City within the area, as well as large towns such as Grantham, Boston, Skegness, Spalding and Gainsborough. The rest of the area's inhabitants are spread over other medium-sized towns and villages, linked by rural roads that have one of the highest RTC (Road Traffic Collision) rates in the United Kingdom.

East Coast Flooding is one of the main risks to the area, seen in the 2013 east coast tidal surge. The town of Boston and surrounding areas of southern Lincolnshire and Norfolk were affected.


The service employs approximately 900 firefighters and staff, with around 250 full-time firefighters. The county's 38 fire stations are allocated to one of three Divisions (East, West and South). The majority of Lincolnshire is covered by retained duty staff (RDS), who attend on a call-out basis. The retained staff are supported by full-time firefighters (wholetime) based at 9 different stations around the county. They also offer specialist skills and equipment, such as rope/high-line rescue, water rescue, animal rescues etc. Lincolnshire firefighters have supported rescue efforts nationally, such as in the floods of 2007 and most recently the Berkshire flooding in 2014 and Cumbria/North Yorkshire floods of 2015. The headquarters are on South Park Avenue (A15) in the City of Lincoln, with its Waddington Training Facility located to the south of the city using a former part of the RAF Waddington site.


Prior to 1974, when Lincolnshire was administratively three separate counties, there were three fire brigades for the geographic county, covering Kesteven, Holland and Lindsey, with Lindsey being the biggest, which formed in 1948. Grimsby had its own Grimsby Borough Fire Brigade. After 1974, much of the Lindsey Fire Brigade with Grimsby became part of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, and still is today. Prior to 1974, this would have covered two large oil refineries at Immingham and other large fire risks - indeed the Flixborough disaster in June 1974, the largest civilian explosion in the UK, took place soon after the separation of counties in the new Humberside area, although the Lincolnshire Fire Service, in nearby Gainsborough, would have been called for assistance.

Fire Stations/Appliances[edit]

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has 38 Fire Stations:

  • 9 Wholetime Stations (WDS) - Manned by full-time firefighters either on a 24/7 shift system or 'Lincs Crewing System'. (explained below)
  • 29 Retained Duty System Stations (RDS) - Manned by on-call firefighters.

Currently there are 2 wholetime stations in Lincoln which work a 24/7 shift system. Each Station has 4 Watches (Red,Blue,Green,White) that work 2 days - 2 nights - 4 Rest days. The other 7 wholetime stations work the 'Lincolnshire Crewing System'. Each station has 2 Watches (Blue & Green) which work 4 days then 4 rest days. The days they are on duty they provide wholetime night cover from purpose built living accommodation that is within close proximity to the station.

Each wholetime station in Lincolnshire also has an RDS attachment that crew the second appliances and support the WDS staff.

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
C01 Alford Retained 1x WrLR
C02 Bardney Retained 1x WrLR 1x WSU
C03 Billingborough Retained 1x WrLR, 1x CRV
C04 Billinghay Retained 1x WrLR
C05 Binbrook Retained 1x WrLR
C06 Boston Wholetime/Retained 2x WrLR, 1x ALP, 1x WRU (Inc 2x RIB), 1x FloodRes
C07 Bourne Retained 1x WrLR, 1x RIB, 1x CRV
C08 Brant Broughton Retained 1x WrLR
C09 Caistor Retained 1x WrLR
C10 Corby Glen Retained 1x WrLR
C11 Crowland Retained 1x WrLR, 1x CRV
C12 Donington Retained 1x WrLR, 1x HVP/HVHL*
C13 Gainsborough Wholetime/Retained 2x WrLR, 1x WRU (Inc 2x RIB), 1x FloodRes, 1x HVP/HVHL*
C14 Grantham Wholetime/Retained 2x WrLR, 1x RSU, 1x CRV, 1x HVP/HVHL*, 1x FESU
C15 Holbeach Retained 1x WrLR, 1x WrC, 1x CRV
C16 Horncastle Retained 1x WrLR, 1x CRV
C17 Kirton Retained 1x WrLR, 1x CRV
C18 Leverton Retained 1x WrLR, 1x CRV
C19 Lincoln North Wholetime/Retained 2x WrLR, 1x RSU, 1x WRU (Inc 2x RIB)
C20 Lincoln South Wholetime/Retained 2x WrLR, 1x ALP, 1x IRU, 1x FESU
C21 Long Sutton Retained 1x WrLR, 1x Amb
C22 Louth Wholetime/Retained 2x WrLR, 1x WRU (Inc 2 x RIB), 1x CRV
C23 Mabelthorpe Retained 1x WrLR
C24 Market Deeping Retained 1x WrLR, 1x CRV
C25 Market Rasen Retained 1x WrLR, 1x CSU
C26 Metheringham Retained 1x WrLR
C27 North Hykeham Retained 1x WrLR
C28 North Somercoats Retained 1x WrLR, 1x CRV
C29 Saxilby Retained 1x WrLR 1 x CRV
C30 Skegness Wholetime/Retained 2x WrLR, 1x ALP, 1x TRV
C31 Sleaford Wholetime (inc USAR)/Retained 2x WrLR, 1x CRV, 1x TRV, 1x TSU, 1x SDU, 3x PM+5x USAR Pods
C32 Spalding Wholetime/Retained 2x WrLR, 1x WRU (Inc 2x RIB)
C33 Spilsby Retained 1x WrLR
C34 Stamford Retained 2x WrLR, 1x Amb
C35 Waddington Retained 1x WrLR
C36 Wainfleet Retained 1x WrLR
C37 Woodhall Spa Retained 1x WrLR, 1x RIB, 1x Amb
C38 Wragby Retained 1x WrLR, 1x CRV

Fire Appliance Glossary[edit]

  • WrLR - Water Ladder Rescue
  • WSU - Welfare Support Unit
  • ALP - Arial Ladder Platform
  • WRU - Water Rescue Unit
  • RIB - Rigid Inflatable Boat
  • RSU - Rescue Support Unit
  • HVP/HVHL - High Volume Pump/High Volume Hose layer (*Shared on rolling basis between 3 stations throughout year to maintain competency)
  • CRV - Co-Responder Vehicle (Working with East Midlands Ambulance Service)
  • Amb - Fire Ambulance (Part of the Joint Ambulance Conveyance Project with East Midlands Ambulance Service, explained more below)
  • FloodRes - Flood Response Trailer (Containing 5x Rescue Crafts)
  • TRV - Technical Rescue Vehicle
  • IRU - Incident Response Unit
  • WrC - Water Carrier
  • CSU - Command Support Unit
  • FESU - Fire Emergency Support Unit (Red Cross)

Urban Search & Rescue (USAR):

  • SDU - Search & Rescue Dog Unit
  • PM - Prime Mover
  • TSU - Technical Support Unit


  • 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

Co-Responder / Joint Ambulance Conveyance Project[edit]

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service works in partnership with the East Midlands Ambulance Service(EMAS) to provide emergency medical cover to select areas of Lincolnshire. Currently, 11 areas have been identified as having a greater need for ambulance cover. The aim of a co-responder team is to preserve life until the arrival of either a Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) or an ambulance.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue are the first Fire and Rescue Service in the United Kingdom to operate actual 'Fire Ambulances'. Three ambulances where trialed at Stamford, Woodhall Spa and Long Sutton fire stations. They were used to transport the patient to hospital care, assisting EMAS with freeing up ambulance crews and allowing the patient to reach hospital care sooner than waiting for EMAS transport.

Co-Responder Vehicles and Ambulances are equipped with:

  • Defibrillator
  • Bag and mask resuscitator
  • Oxygen
  • Airways suction units
  • Standard first aid equipment
  • Entonox (gas and air)

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