South Wales Fire and Rescue Service

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South Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Operational area
Country  Wales
Region South Wales
Agency overview
Established 1996 (1996)
Employees 1000
Chief Fire Officer Huw Jakeway
Facilities and equipment
Stations 52
Website
Official website

The South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (Welsh: Gwasanaeth Tân ac Achub De Cymru) is the fire and rescue service covering the ten Welsh principal areas of Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Torfaen and Vale of Glamorgan.

The SWFRS was created in 1996 by the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994 which reformed Welsh local government. It was created by a merger of the previous fire brigades of Mid Glamorgan, South Glamorgan and Gwent. It covers an area of around 1,000 square miles (3,000 km2) with a population of around 1.4 million.[1]

The fire authority which runs the service is a joint-board made up of councillors from the ten principal areas covered by the service.

Fire Stations/Appliances[edit]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
WS01 Bridgend Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x L4P, 1x TRU, 1x FltbdU*
WS02 Porthcawl Retained 1x WrL
WS03 Kenfig Hill Retained 1x WrL
WS04 Cowbridge Day Manned 1x WrL, 1x L4P
WS05 Pencoed Retained 1x WrL
WS06 Ogmore Vale Retained 1x WrL
WS07 Pontycymmer Retained 1x WrL
WS08 Maesteg Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x L4P, 1x WrC*
WS09 Treorchy Retained 1x WrL
WS10 Tonypandy Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x L4P, 1x GPV, 1x BASU*, 1x WelU*
WS11 Ferndale Retained 1x WrL
WS12 Porth Retained 2x WrL, 1x L4P
WS 13 Gilfach Goch Retained 1xWrL
WS14 Pontyclun Retained 1x WrL
WS15 Pontypridd Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x L4P, 1x WrC*, 1x HRU
WS16 Hirwaun Retained 1x WrL
WS17 Aberdare Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x L4P, 1x WrC*, 1x PM+HLU*, 1x GPV
WS18 Abercynon Retained 1x WrL
WS19 Llantwit Major Retained/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x FoT*
WS20 Barry Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x ALP, 1x WrC*, 1x SRU, 1x GPV
WS21 Aberbargoed Retained 1x WrL
WS22 Penarth Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x CIU*, 1x WIU+IrbT*
WS24 Caerphilly Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x L4P, 1x WrC*, 1x GPV, 1x BASU*
WS25 Treharris Retained 1x WrL
WS26 Merther Tydfil Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x ALP, 1x TRU, 1x GPV,

1x IRU

WS27 Tredegar Retained 1x WrL, 1x L4P
WS28 Rhymney Retained 1x WrL, 1x L4P
WS30 Abercarn Day Manned/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x L4P, 1x CIU*, 1x GPV
WS31 Risca Retained 1x WrL
WS32 Cwmbran Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x WrC*, 1x ICCU*, 1x PM+MDU*,

1x GPV

WS33 New Inn Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x CIU*, 1x PM+HVP*, 1x GPV
WS34 Abersychan Retained 1x WrL, 1x L4P
WS35 Abertillery Day Manned/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x L4P, 1x GPV, 1x BASU*
WS37 Ebbw Vale Day Manned/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x TRU, 1x LiRU*, 2x WIU+IrbT*
WS38 Brynmawr Retained 1x WrL, 1x L4P
WS39 Blaenavon Retained 1x WrL, 1x L4P
WS40 Abergavenny Retained 2x WrL, 1x L4P, 1x GPV
WS41 Monmouth Retained 2x WrL, 1x L4P
WS42 Usk Retained/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x L4P, 1x PM+HLU*
WS43 Chepstow Retained 2x WrL
WS44 Caldicot Day Crewed/Cross Manned* 1x WrL, 1x L4P, 1x GPV, 1x RRIU*
WS45 Malpas Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 1x Wrl, 1x SRU, 1x TRU, 3x PM+5x USAR Pods, 1x GPV, 1x RRIU*
WS46 Maindee Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x ALP, 1x WIU+IrbT*
WS47 Duffryn Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x SRU, 1x GPV, 1x DIM*, 1x IRU*
WS49 Whitchurch Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x L4P, 1x FoT*, 1x PM+SalU*, 1x FltbdU*
WS50 Roath Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x GPV
WS51 Cardiff Central Wholetime 2x WrL, 1x ALP, 1x GPV
WS52 Ely Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x TRU, 1x GPV

Fire Appliance Glossary/Callsigns[edit]

  • Water Ladder (WrL): P1/P2
  • Light 4x4 Pump (L4P): L8
  • Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP): A4
  • Water Carrier (WrC): W7
  • Foam Tender (FoT): S6
  • Prime Mover + Hose Layer Unit (PM+HLU): T4
  • Prime Mover + High Volume Pump (PM+HVP): T9
  • Prime Mover + High Volume Hose Layer (PM+HVHL): T8
  • Breathing Apparatus Support Unit (BASU): S1
  • Welfare Unit (WelU): S2
  • Salvage Unit (SalU): S1
  • General Purpose Vehicle (GPV): T1
  • Incident Command & Control Unit (ICCU): C1
  • Special Rescue Unit (SRU): R1
  • Technical Rescue Unit (TRU): R5
  • Line Rescue Unit (LiRU): R1
  • Water Incident Unit (WIU) + Inshore Rescue Boat (IrbT): B1
  • Flatbed Unit (FltbdU): T3
  • Road/Rail Incident Unit (RRIU): S3
  • Chemical Incident Unit (CIU): H1
  • Environmental Protection Unit (EPU): H2


CBRN Response:

  • Detection Identification & Monitoring Unit (DIM): H8
  • Incident Response Unit (IRU): H9
  • Prime Mover (PM) + Mass Decontamination Unit (MDU): T9


Urban Search and Rescue (USAR):

  • General Purpose Vehicle (GPV): T1
  • Prime Mover (PM): T7/T8/T9

Pods:

  • 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Where We Are". South Wales Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°33′12″N 3°23′52.25″W / 51.55333°N 3.3978472°W / 51.55333; -3.3978472