North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

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North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
North Yorkshire Fire logojpg.jpg
Operational area
Country England
CountyNorth Yorkshire
Agency overview
Annual calls15,000 (2016)
Chief Fire OfficerNigel Hutchinson
Facilities and equipment
Rescue boats3
Official website

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.[1]


Acomb fire station
Harrogate fire station
Selby fire station
Grassington fire station

The FRS has a total of 38 fire stations, 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:

  • 5 Wholetime Shift fire stations
  • 7 wholetime Day-crewed stations
  • 24 RDS stations
  • 2 Volunteer-crewed stations
  • 1 Headquarters and training centre[2]
Location 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 1 TRV*, 1 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 1 trv*, 1 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 RP
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 Hoods Bay Scarborough Retained 1 RP
Settle Craven Retained 1 RP
Sherburn Ryedale Retained 1 RP
Skipton Craven Retained 2 RP, 1 SCO
Stokesley Hambleton Retained 1 RP
Summerbridge Harrogate Retained 1 RP
Thirsk Hambleton Retained 1 RP
Goathland Scarborough Volunteer 1 VU
Lofthouse Harrogate Volunteer 1 L4V
Reserve/Training(Easingwold) Hambleton - 3 WRL, 4 RP


  • 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
  • GOTCHA = 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.[3] Additionally, the service experienced a drop in call-outs by 32% between 2003 and 2013.[4]

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.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Division on the FRS, coverage areas". Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 1 February 2007.
  2. ^ "Fire station status/number". Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Statistics and callout responses". Retrieved 1 February 2007.
  4. ^ "North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service reviews cover". BBC News. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Cornwall 999 team cleared of mix-up with North Yorkshire fire crew". BBC News. 25 April 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017.

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