North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

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North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
North Yorkshire Fire logojpg.jpg
Operational area
CountyNorth Yorkshire
Agency overview
Annual calls15,000 (2016)
Chief Fire OfficerAndrew Brodie[1]
Facilities and equipment
Rescue boats3
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North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service covering the seven districts of administrative county of North Yorkshire: Craven, Harrogate, Hambleton, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby; as well as the unitary authority of City of York. The service is divided into eight groups related to the above districts.[2]


Like all areas of the country, independent fire brigades developed in towns and cities across England which catered for the immediate area and were sponsored by the local authority. Examples within North Yorkshire were the Scarborough Fire Brigade, the Whitby Town Fire Brigade, and Pocklington Town Fire Brigade, which were merged in 1948 into the North Riding Fire Brigade.[3][4] York had a separate professional fire brigade instituted in 1940 (under a Fire act of 1938), which was subsumed into the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in 1996 when the City of York Council and the North Yorkshire Fire Authority combined their efforts into one fire authority.[5][6]

Fire stations and services have fluctuated with changing council and local authority areas and with cutbacks to the fire service itself. The North Riding Fire Brigade lost some of its most northern areas around Guisborough and Saltburn to the newly formed Teesside Fire service in 1968. Teesside later became Cleveland Fire Brigade.[7] The county boundary changes of 1974 had a profound effect on North Yorkshire, as the area it covered increased from 2,116 square miles (5,480 km2) to 3,207 square miles (8,310 km2) and saw an increase in stations from 30 to 34.[8][9] In the 1970s, the brigade closed Whixley fire station near Boroughbridge, and in 2013, Snainton fire station near Scarborough was closed too. Cover would be supplied from nearby Whitby and Scarborough fire stations.[10]

In 2016, in line with other fire and police force mergers, a proposal was put forward that North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue merge with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.[11]

In 2018, the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, also took on the role of Fire Commissioner for North Yorkshire.[12]


The FRS has a total of 38 fire stations,[13] The majority of these are crewed by staff on the retained duty system (RDS), with the minority being wholetime. Unlike other fire and rescue services in the United Kingdom, this FRS has two volunteer fire stations which are crewed fully by volunteers. Currently there are:

  • Five Wholetime Shift fire stations
  • Seven wholetime Day-crewed stations
  • 24 RDS stations
  • Two Volunteer-crewed stations
  • One Headquarters and training centre[14]
Name District Type Appliances
Acomb York Wholetime/Retained 2 RP, 1 IRU
Huntington York Wholetime/Retained 2 RP, 1 ALP
Harrogate Harrogate Wholetime 1 RP, 1 TRV, 1 ALP, 2 X PMs HVPU/HL,
Scarborough Scarborough Wholetime 1 RP, 1 TRV, 1 ALP,
York York Wholetime 1 RP, 1 WRU
Malton Ryedale Day Crewed/Retained 2 RP, 1 HRU/ISU, 1 WRU
Northallerton Hambleton Day Crewed/Retained 2 RP, 1 ICU
Richmond Richmondshire Day Crewed 1 RP, 2 X PM HVPU/HL, 1 WRU
Ripon Harrogate Day Crewed/retained 2 RP, 1 HRU/ISU, 1 WRU,
Selby Selby Day Crewed/RETAINED 2 RP, 1 WRU
Tadcaster Selby Day Crewed/Retained 2 RP, 1 HRU/ISU, 1 WB, 1 GOTCHA
Whitby Scarborough Day Crewed 1 RP, 1 WRU
Bedale Hambleton Retained 1 RP
Bentham Craven Retained 1 RP
Boroughbridge Harrogate Retained 1 RP, 1 WB
Colburn Richmondshire Retained 1 RP
Danby Scarborough Retained 1 RP
Easingwold Hambleton Retained 1 RP,
Filey Scarborough Retained 1 RP
Grassington Craven Retained 1 RP
Hawes Richmondshire Retained 1 RP
Helmsley Ryedale Retained 1 TRV
Kirkbymoorside Ryedale Retained 1 RP, 1 SCO
Knaresborough Harrogate Retained 1 RP
Leyburn Richmondshire Retained 1 RP
Lythe Scarborough Retained 1 RP
Masham Harrogate Retained 1 RP
Pickering Ryedale Retained 1 RP
Reeth Richmondshire Retained 1 RP
Robin Hood's Bay Scarborough Retained 1 RP
Settle Craven Retained 1 RP
Sherburn Ryedale Retained 1 TRV
Skipton Craven Retained 2 RP, 1 SCO
Stokesley Hambleton Retained 1 RP
Summerbridge Harrogate Retained 1 TRV
Thirsk Hambleton Retained 1 RP
Goathland Scarborough Volunteer 1 VU
Lofthouse Harrogate Volunteer 1 L4V
Reserve/Training(Easingwold) Hambleton - 3 WRL, 4 RP
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue appliance


  • RP = Rescue Pump
  • ALP = Aerial Ladder Platform
  • HRU/ISU = Heavy Rescue Unit/Incident Support Unit
  • ICU = Incident Command Unit
  • WB = Water Bowser
  • IRU = Incident Response Unit
  • WRL = Water Rescue Ladder
  • SCO = Agrocat (Moorland Fighting Kit)
  • WRU = Water Rescue Unit
  • SRR = Specialist Rope Rescue
  • VU = Volunteer Unit (4x4)
  • HVPU/HL = High Volume Pumping Unit/Hose Layer
  • TRV = Targeted Response Vehicle
  • TRV* = TRV at Day Crewed are first response appliances

Incidents and statistics[edit]

The FRS received a total number of 19,000 emergency calls in 2007, as well as this the service also dealt with 9,000 incidents that year.[15] Additionally, the service experienced a drop in call-outs by 32% between 2003 and 2013.[16] The total number of incidents attended in the 2014-15 year was 6,874, of which 3,777 were false alarms.[17]

By 2016, this had dropped to 15,000 and received notoriety when a crew in Harrogate was delayed in getting to a car fire after it emerged they had been sent to the wrong location by a control room in Cornwall. NYFRS shares its control room operations with the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service during peak periods. A later investigation determined that the mix-up was down to the caller not supplying timely information rather than the Cornish operator not having 'local' knowledge.[18]

Notable incidents[edit]

  • 9 July 1984 - the York Minster fire - 150 firefighters from across North Yorkshire fought the blaze which caused over £1 million worth of damage and was believed to have been caused by lightning[19]
  • 24 May 1995 - the Dunkeswick air crash[20]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fox, Alexa (22 July 2019). "New chief officer for fire service". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Division on the FRS, coverage areas". Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 1 February 2007.
  3. ^ "Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre | Fire Brigade". Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Pocklington History - The Great Fire of Pocklington". Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Fire Authority - North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service". Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  6. ^ "The North Yorkshire Fire Services (Combination Scheme) Order 1995". Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Roger Mardon fire service history - Fire Brigades - England - Changes 1948-1974". Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Roger Mardon fire service history - Fire Brigades - England 1948". Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Roger Mardon fire service history - Fire Brigades - England 1974". Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Then and now: Fire station's red sliding doors close for good". The Yorkshire Post. 6 April 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  11. ^ Prest, Victoria (20 October 2016). "North Yorkshire and Humberside fire brigade merger suggested". Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Fire service 'raided budget reserves'". BBC News. 20 November 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  13. ^ "North Yorkshire". HMICFRS. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Fire station status/number". Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  15. ^ "Statistics and callout responses". Retrieved 1 February 2007.
  16. ^ "North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service reviews cover". BBC News. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  17. ^ "The future of your Fire & Rescue Service" (PDF). North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. p. 9. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  18. ^ "Cornwall 999 team cleared of mix-up with North Yorkshire fire crew". BBC News. 25 April 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  19. ^ "1984: Historic York Minster engulfed by flames". BBC News. 9 July 1984. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  20. ^ "12 die as Aberdeen-bound plane crashes in storm. 12 die as plane crashes in field". HeraldScotland. 25 May 1995. Retrieved 22 July 2019.

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