Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service

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Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service
Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service logo.jpg
Operational area
Country  United Kingdom
Country  England
County  Suffolk
Agency overview
Chief Fire Officer Mark Hardingham
Facilities and equipment
Stations 35
Official website

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service covering Suffolk in East Anglia, England.[1] It was formed in 1948 as the Suffolk & Ipswich Fire Service, before changing after the 1974 Local Government Review to 'Suffolk Fire Service'. Following the 2004 Fire & Rescue Services Act, the service name was changed to Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service to better reflect its role.

Fire Stations/Appliances[edit]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
S01 Ipswich East Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 1x WrT, 2x WrL, 1x ALP, 1x OSU*, 1x IRU*
S02 Woodbridge Retained 1x WrL, 1x CSU*
S03 Ipswich (Princes Street) Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x ERPT, 1x WRU*
S04 Holbrook Retained/ 1x WrL, 1x PM+MDD*, 1x PM+MDR*
S05 Framlingham Retained 1x WrL
S06 Felixstowe Retained 2x WrL, 1x FESU
S07 Orford Retained 1x WrT
S08 Aldeburgh Retained 1x WrL
S09 Leiston Retained 1x PRT, 1x WrC
S10 Saxmundham Retained 1x WrT
S11 Wrentham Retained 1x WrT
S12 Reydon & Southwold Retained 1x WrL
S13 Halesworth Retained 1x WrL
S14 Bungay Retained 1x WrT
S15 Beccles Retained 1x WrL, 1x CSV*
S16 North Lowestoft Retained 1x WrL
S18 Stradbroke Retained 1x PRT
S19 Eye Retained 1x WrT
S20 Debenham Retained 1x WrT
S21 Needham Market Retained 1x WrT
S22 Stowmarket Retained 1x PRT
S23 Hadleigh Retained 1x WrT
S24 Nayland Retained 1x WrL
S25 Sudbury Retained 1x WrL, 1x PRT
S26 Long Melford Retained 1x WrL
S27 Clare Retained 1x WrL
S28 Haverhill Retained 1x WrT, 1x PRT, 1x FESU 1x BFU*
S29 Wickhambrook Retained 1x WrL
S30 Bury St Edmunds Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x CARP, 1x EPRT, 1x WRU*, 1x MPV+IrbT*
S31 Elmswell Retained 1x WrL
S32 Ixworth Retained 1x WrL, 1x CSV*
S33 Brandon Retained 1x WrT
S34 Mildenhall Retained 1x WrL
S35 Newmarket Retained 1x WrL, 1x PRT, 1x WrC
S36 Lowesoft South Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x EPRT, 1x WRU*, 1x MPV+IrbT*, 1x MOG*

Fire Appliance Glossary/Callsigns[edit]

  • Water Tender (WrT): P1
  • Water Ladder (WrL): P3/P4
  • Rescue Tender (RT): P5
  • Heavy Rescue Tender (HRT): R5
  • Combined Aerial Rescue Pump (CARP): A6
  • Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP): A6
  • Water Carrier (WrC): W7
  • Water Rescue Unit (WRU): R8
  • Multi Purpose Vehicle + Inshore Rescue Boat (MPV+IrbT): R9
  • Command Support Unit (CSU): C9
  • Bulk Foam Unit (BFU): S8
  • Fire & Emergency Support Unit (FESU): S8
  • Operational Support Unit (OSU): S9
  • Unimog (MOG): T9

CBRN Response:

  • Incident Response Unit (IRU): H9
  • Prime Mover + Mass Decontamination Disrobe (PM+MDD): T6
  • Prime Mover + Mass Decontamination Re-robe (PM+MDR): T7

Notable Incidents[edit]

  • 2010 - Little Cornard - 21 people injured after train derails on level crossing after a collision with a tanker[2]
  • 2010 - Lowestoft - over 100 firefighters in attendance at a meat processing factory fire [3]
  • 2011 - Ipswich - Psychiatric hospital fire. Patient nearly died after the fire alarm was ignored 8 times[4]
  • 2012 - Hadleigh - 10 crews attend fuel tankers on fire[5]
  • 2015 - Sudbury - 100 firefighters attend Nail bar fire[6]


Firefighting in Suffolk, Saward G., Lavenham Press, 1998

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