Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

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Surrey Fire and Rescue Service
Surrey Fire and Rescue logo.jpg
Operational area
Country  England
County  Surrey
Agency overview
Chief Fire Officer Russell Pearson
Facilities and equipment
Stations 24
Official website

The Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service for the County of Surrey, England, with 24 fire stations. It comes under the administrative and legislative control of Surrey County Council, who fund the service by collecting a precept via council tax, and from central government funds, known as a grant settlement.

The fire and rescue service[edit]

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service employs approximately 1000 staff and looks after a population of over one million people spread across an area of 1663 square kilometres. The region features several large urban areas such as Guildford, Redhill and Woking; 64 miles of motorway; and is in close proximity to the two largest airports in the United Kingdom: London Heathrow and London Gatwick.

A total of 24 fire stations are strategically sited throughout the County. 17 of these are crewed on a wholetime basis, with fire engine crews available at the fire station 24 hours a day and seven are crewed on a part-time basis (i.e. the crew live and work in the near vicinity and are available on call).

Historically, fire cover was set to national standards that were defined back in the 1930s.

Fire Stations/Appliances[edit]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
S10 Staines Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x Multi Role Vehicle
S11 Reigate Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x ICU, 1x Uni Mog
S12 Dorking Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x WrC, 1x L4T, 1x EPU*, 1x DIM*
S13 Leatherhead Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x WrC, 1x ALP, 1x FESU
S14 Godstone Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x WrC, 1x IRU*
S15 Oxted Retained 2x WrL
S16 Lingfield Retained 1x WrL
S17 Epsom Wholetime 2x WrL
S18 Walton-On-Thames Day Crewed/Retained/Cross Crewed* 2x WrL, 1x SWRU+IrbT*
S19 Sunbury-On-Thames Wholetime 1x WrL
S20 Esher Wholetime 1x WrL
S21 Painshill Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x H4V/ARU*, 1x ICCU*
S22 Guildford Wholetime/Retained 3x WrL, 1x ALP, 2x PM+ISU*
S23 Gomshall Retained 1x WrL
S24 Godalming Retained 2x WrL
S25 Haslemere Day Crewed/Retained 2x WrL, 1x L4T
S26 Farnham Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x WrC, 1x H4V/P*
S27 Dunsfold Retained 1x WrL, 1x L4T
S28 Cranleigh Retained 2x WrL
S29 Woking Wholetime 2x WrL, 1x L4T, 1x H4V/P*
S30 Camberley Wholetime 2x WrL, 1x WrC, 1x L4T, 1x H4V/P*
S31 Egham Wholetime 1x WrL
S32 Chobham Retained 1x WrL
S33 Chertsey Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x ALP, 1x BASU*, 1x PM+HVP*, 1x PM+HVHL*, 1x PM+MDD*
S34 Horley Operated by WSFRS 1x WrL
S35 Banstead Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x L4T

Fire Appliance Glossary/Callsigns[edit]

  • Water Ladder (WrL): P1/P2/P3
  • Water Carrier (WrC): W1
  • Light 4x4 Tender (L4T): M1
  • Heavy 4x4 Tender/Pump (H4T/P): M1/M2
  • Heavy 4x4 Vehicle/Animal Rescue Unit (H4V/ARU): M1
  • Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP): A1
  • Swift Water Rescue Unit + Inshore Rescue Boat (SWRU+IrbT): B3
  • Incident Command & Control Unit (ICCU): C1
  • Environmental Protection Unit (EPU): H1
  • Breathing Apparatus Support Unit (BASU): S3
  • Fire & Emergency Support Unit (FESU): S6
  • Prime Mover + High Volume Pump (PM+HVP): T8
  • Prime Mover + High Volume Hose Laying (PM+HVHL): T9
  • Prime Mover + Incident Support Unit (PM+ISU): T1/T2

CBRN Response:

  • Detection, Identification & Monitoring (DIM): H8
  • Incident Response Unit (IRU): H9
  • Prime Mover + Mass Decontamination Disrobe (PM+MDD): T10

In 2015 26 multi role Land Rover Defenders were added to the fleet, as well as new BMW X3 officer vehicles, Scania Wrcs and ALPs. The multi role vehicles are based at many stations, including Egham, Staines and Camberley.

Currently the following vehicles are used for the roles above:

WrL: Scania P280, Scania P280, Scania 94d 260, Volvo Saxon.

WrC: Mercedes-Benz Automatic, Scania P450

L4T: Land Rover Defender

H4T/P: Mercedes Benz Unimog

HV4/ARU: Mercedes-Benz Unimog

ALP: Volvo Angloco, Scania P370

SWRU+IrbT: Pioneer, Land Rover Defender, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

ICCU: Renault, Mercedes-Benz Vario, Forward Command: Ford Transit, Rapid Command: Vauxhall Combo

EPU: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

BASU: Ford Transit

FESU: Fiat Trigano Tribute

PM+HVP: Man Marshall Prime Mover

PM+HVHL: Man Marshall Prime Mover

PM+ISU: Man Marshall Prime Mover

DIM: Iveco Daily

IRU: Man Marshall Prime Mover

PM+MDD: Man Marshall Prime Mover

Additional Vehicles:

Other ARU: Ford Transit

Officer Vehicles: BMW X3, Vauxhall Astra

Personal Carriers: Ford Transit

Multi Role Vehicle: Land Rover Defender

Unknown Role: Mercedes-Benz Vito, Volkswagen Caddy

See also[edit]

Other Surrey emergency services[edit]

External links[edit]