North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
|Annual calls||15,000 (2016)|
|Chief Fire Officer||Andrew Brodie|
|Facilities and equipment|
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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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:
- Five Wholetime Shift fire stations
- Seven wholetime Day-crewed stations
- 24 RDS stations
- Two Volunteer-crewed stations
- One Headquarters and training centre
|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|
|Boroughbridge||Harrogate||Retained||1 RP, 1 WB|
|Kirkbymoorside||Ryedale||Retained||1 RP, 1 SCO|
|Robin Hood's Bay||Scarborough||Retained||1 RP|
|Skipton||Craven||Retained||2 RP, 1 SCO|
|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
- 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
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. Additionally, the service experienced a drop in call-outs by 32% between 2003 and 2013. The total number of incidents attended in the 2014-15 year was 6,874, of which 3,777 were false alarms.
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.
- 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
- 24 May 1995 - the Dunkeswick air crash
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- Fire Engine
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