Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service

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

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue 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 in the Yorkshire and the Humber Region.


The service employs approximately 900 firefighters and staff, with around 200 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 (part-time) staff, who attend on a call-out basis, due to the comparative large distances between main towns, and the county's spartan road network. In 2007, it was announced that the fire service had the UK's slowest average time to respond - ten minutes - due to the distances involved. The headquarters are based on South Park Avenue (A15) in the south of Lincoln.


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.

Compared to many other parts of the UK, arson is not very common in the area covered by Lincolnshire Fire Service. However Lincolnshire does have an above-average serious road accident rate.

Fire Stations/Appliances[edit]

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

Fire Appliance Glossary/Callsigns[edit]

  • Water Ladder Rescue (RP): P1
  • Water Ladder (WrL): P2
  • Water Carrier (WrC): W1
  • Prime Mover + High Volume Pump (PM+HVP): T8
  • Prime Mover + High Volume Hose Layer (PM+HVHL): T9
  • Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP): A1
  • Command Support Unit (CSU): C1
  • Fire & Emergency Support Unit (FESU): S1
  • Personnel Carrying Vehicle (PCV): T1
  • Co-Responder Vehicle (CRV): V1
  • Ambulance (Amb): V1

Technical Rescue Team:

  • Rescue Support Unit (RSU): R1
  • Technical Support Unit (TSU): R2
  • Water Incident Unit + Inshore Rescue Boat (WIU+IrbT): R3
  • Technical Rescue Vehicle (TRV): R4

Urban Search & Rescue (USAR):

  • Search & Rescue Dog Unit (SDU): R9
  • Prime Mover (PM): T7/T8/T9


  • 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

CBRN Response:

  • Incident Response Unit (IRU): H8
  • Prime Mover + Mass Decontamination Disrobe (PM+MDD): T9


Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service works in partnership with the East Midlands Ambulance Service 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. 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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