Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service

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Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
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Operational area
CountryEngland
Counties Herefordshire
Worcestershire
Agency overview
Established1st April 1974
Employees332
Annual budget£35.4 Million
Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis
Facilities and equipment
Divisions3
Stations 25
Engines 41
Platforms 2
USAR 5 modules
Rescue boats 3
Website
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The Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service covering Herefordshire and Worcestershire in the West Midlands region of England. The two counties consist of around 1,500 square miles (3,900 km2), and a population of over 784,000 people.

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The service was created in 1974 when The County Of Hereford Fire Brigade and The Worcester City & County Fire Brigade were merged to create The County Of Hereford and Worcester Fire Brigade. The two counties were split up again in 1998 but the fire service remained, and is now run by a joint fire authority.

The service has 332 wholetime operational staff, 369 retained (part-time) staff, 21 Fire Control staff, as well as about 98 non-uniformed support staff. The busiest areas of Hereford and Worcester fire and rescue is Worcester and Wyre Forest both averaging roughly 1,500 call outs a year, the least busiest areas being Peterchurch and Fownhope averaging 1020 callouts a year. Evesham, Peterchurch & Wyre Forest stations are also home to the fire services realistic training facilities. Retained firefighters from Herefordshire train at Peterchurch Fire Station and The main training centre is at Droitwich fire station, and more complex training is undertaken at the Fire Service College in Moreton In Marsh. The smallest station in the area is Broadway, which is a small garage sitting off a narrow lane. The largest station is Wyre Forest, which has some of the best training facilities in the UK. It's also home to four pumps and six more vehicles, including a brand new Command Unit and Drone team

Neighbouring fire services include: Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Mid and West Wales, South Wales and the West Midlands.

Shift Patterns

Wholetime

The five wholetime fire stations within Herefordshire & Worcestershire have 1 appliance crewed 24/7 by four watches of; Blue, Red, Green & White, working on a shift pattern of two 9-hour day shifts and two 15-hour night shifts followed by four days off.

Day-crewed

The three day-crewed stations (along with the second appliance from Hereford & Worcester) have one appliance crewed for 12 hours a day by two watches of Alpha and Bravo, working on a shift pattern of four 12-hour shifts (from 07:00-19:00) then four days off. The appliance is manned by the retained crews at night

Retained

All stations in Herefordshire & Worcester have tetained crews in which 17 are solely retained. Retained firefighters are part-time and have to live or work within five minutes of the station and be available for up to 120 hours a week.

Fire stations and appliances North District (Worcestershire)

Station CallsignStation NameDuty SystemAppliances/CallsignsSpecialist SkillsShared Site
24Wyre ForestWholetime*/Retained/Volunteer241 Scania HC WrL*
242 Scania HRP*
243 Scania WrT
244 Scania WrT*
245 Land Rover L4V
248 Mercedes EPU
TBA Mercedes ICU*
MAN PM+HPV
MAN PM+HPHV
SARA
Water First Responders, Drone TeamYes; SARA & Police
25BromsgroveWholetime*/Retained251 Scania WrT
252 Scania CAFS HRP*
NoneYes; Police
27RedditchWholetime*/Retained271 Scania WrL
272 Scania HRP*
273 Scania CAFS WrL
Water First RespondersNo

Fire stations and appliances South District (Worcestershire)

Station CallsignStation NameDuty SystemAppliances/CallsignsSpecialist SkillsShared Site
21WorcesterWholetime*/Day Crewed*/Retained211 Scania WrL*
212 Scania HRP*
213 Iveco CA
215 Mercedes SWRU+IrbT*
216 Scania ALP*
Swift Water Rescue TeamNo
26Droitwich Spa & USARDay Crewed*/Retained
Wholetime (USAR)
261 Scania HC WrL
262 Scania UHRP*
265 Mercedes SWRU*
268 Iveco ISV
269 Mercedes LiRU
Vauxhall FIU
Mercedes YFT
2x Dennis TA
USAR:
SWRU+IrbT
PCV
SDU
3x MAN PM
5x USAR Pods
Urban Search And Rescue, Rope Rescue TeamNo
28EveshamDay Crewed*/Retained281 Scania HC WrL
282 Scania HRP*
2851x Mercedes SWRU+IrbT*
287 Scania WRC*
288 Mercedes EPU
Swift Water Rescue TeamNo
29PebworthRetained291 MAN WrLNoneNo
30BroadwayRetained302 Scania HRPNoneNo
31PershoreRetained311 Scania WrLa
1x WMA
Animal Rescue Team, Water First RespondersYes; Ambulance
32Upton-Upon-SevernRetained322 Scania CAFS HRPWater First RespondersNo
41MalvernDay Crewed*/Retained411 Scania WrT
412 Scania HC HRP*
415 Land Rover Defender L4V+ATV*
418 1x Dennis CSU*
419 1x Mercedes LiRU*, 1x RCSV
Rope Rescue Team, Water First RespondersNo
53Tenbury WellsRetained532 Scania HC HRPWater First RespondersNo

Fire stations and appliances West District (Herefordshire)

Station CallsignStation NameDuty SystemAppliances/CallsignsSpecialist SkillsShared Site
42LedburyRetained422 Scania HC HRP
428 Mercedes ICU
Drone TeamNo
43FownhopeRetained431 MAN WrLNoneNo
44Ross-On-WyeRetained441 Scania CAFS WrL
442 MAN HRP
445 Mercedes RAV
Water First RespondersNo
45WhitchurchRetained452 Scania HRP
455 Mercedes RAV
NoneNo
46HerefordWholetime*/Day Crewed*/Retained461 1x Scania HC WrL*
462 Scania UHRP*
463 MAN WrT
466 Scania ALP*,
465 Mercedes SWRU+IrbT*
468 Land Rover L4V
BB
Swift Water Rescue TeamNo
47Ewyas HaroldRetained472 Scania HRPNoneNo
48EardisleyRetained481 Scania WrLNoneNo
49KingtonRetained492 Scania HRPNoneNo
50LeintwardineRetained502 Scania HC HRPWater First RespondersNo
51KingslandRetained511 Scania HC WrLGuideline Laying TeamNo
52LeominsterRetained521 Iveco CA
522 Scania HC HRP
527 Scania WRC
NoneNo
54BromyardRetained541 Iveco CA
542 Scania HRPA
Animal Rescue Team, Water First RespondersNo
55PeterchurchRetained552 MAN HRP
557 Scania WRC
NoneYes; Police

Fire appliance glossary/callsigns

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Hereford and Worcester Fire appliances

Pump

Standard firefighting appliance based on either

Key/Callsign = WrT - Without 135 Ladder (1/3/4) & WrL - With 135 Ladder (1/3)

Heavy Rescue Pump

A WrL with heavy cutting equipment, some also have rescue platforms instead of a 135 ladder. They are based on either

Key/Callsign = HRP (2)

Pump/Heavy Rescue Pump With Animal Rescue

A Modified pump which has a specific locker to carry animal rescue equipment. They're based on either

Key/Callsign = WrLa (1), HRPA (2)

Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) Pump/Rescue Pump

A pump or heavy rescue pump which has a modified locker or pump bay to pump specialist compressed foam. They are based on either

Key/Callsign = CAFS WrL (1/3), CAFS HRP (2)

Ultra Heavy Rescue Pump

A Rescue Pump, that carries ultra heavy lifting gear instead of a ladder. It's currently based on

High Capacity Pump/Rescue Pump

A pump which has a 3000L water tank & a 3000L portable dam & battery operated cutting gear. It is based on

Key/Callsign = HC WrT (1/3), HC WrL(1/3), HC HRP (2)

Compact Appliance

A pump which is smaller than a standard appliance, but still carries 93% of the equipment. It is based on

Key/Callsign = (CA): 1/3

Young Firefighters Tender/Training Appliance

Spare pumps that are no longer operational that are used in youth activities and core training. They are based on either

Key = YFT/TA

Reserve Pumps

The current reserve pumps are

Restricted Access Vehicle

An appliance with 4x4 capabilities to access incidents that cannot be reached with a standard appliance, they also carry a CAFS system. They're Based on

Key/Callsign = RAV (5)

Water Carrier

An appliance loaded with a 8000L tank of water to supply at incidents with either a weak or no water source. They're based on either

Key/Callsign = WrC (7)

Aerial Ladder Platform

An appliance with a Bronto Skylift. It is based on

Light 4x4 Vehicle

an appliance used for off-road firefighting. It can also pull a Crayford Argocat and rescue boats. It's currently based on

Key = L4V (5/8), L4V+ATV (5)

Swift Water Rescue Unit + Inshore Rescue Boat

A specialised unit & boat which is focused on water related incidents. It is based on

Key/Callsign = SWRU+IrbT (5)

Incident Command/CommandSupport Unit

An appliance used as a Base Of Operations at large scale incidents. Its based on

Key/Callsign = CSU/ICU (8)

Environmental Protection Unit

A specialised unit jointly operated by both the H&WFRS & the Environment Agency at incidents that affect nature and dangerous chemicals. It is based on

Key/Callsign = EPU (8)

Incident Support Vehicle

An appliance which delivers extra equipment or personal facilities at large incidents. It is based on

Key/Callsign = ISV (8)

Line Rescue Unit

A specialised unit loaded with mountain rescue essentials. It is based on

Key/Callsign = LiRU (9)

High Volume Pumping Unit

A specialised unit provided by the Government to pump or remove large amounts of water at an incident. The unit consists of

Key/Callsign = PM+HVP (M10)

Key/Callsign = PM+HVHL (P10)

Fire Investigation Unit

A unit which investigates the cause of suspicious or large scale fires Key = FIU

Red Cross Support Vehicle

A volunteer unit which cares for those affected by an incident Key = RCSV

West Midlands Ambulance Standby

Some of the Fire Stations allocate empty appliance bays for the West Midlands Ambulance Service to standby at. Key = WMA

Blood Bike Standby

An allocated place for blood bikers to standby inbetween calls Key =(BB)

'SARA'

Where Hereford & Worcesters branch of Severn Area Rescue Association are located.

CBRN Response

Urban Search & Rescue (USAR)

Key/Callsign = SDU (S136)

Key/Callsign = PCV (S138)

Key/Callsign PM (M54/M55/M56)

Pods:

Rank structure

RankRole
FirefighterCarrying out day-to-day duties within the station and firefighting
Crew CommanderIn charge of 1 fire appliance at a Wholetime/Day crewed station, in charge of a watch at retained stations & in charge of incidents with 1 appliance
Watch CommanderIn charge of a watch at Wholetime/Day Crewed/Retained Stations & in charge of incidents with 2-3 appliances
Station CommanderIn charge of 2 or more Stations and takes command at incidents with more than 3 appliances
Group CommanderIn charge of a group of stations in an area & takes command of incidents with more than 8 appliances
Area CommanderIn charge of all stations either in Herefordshire or Worcestershire & takes charge at incidents with more than 10 appliances
Assistant Chief Fire OfficerIn charge of the brigade when both the CFO & DCFO are unavailable & will take charge at incidents with more than 12 appliances
Deputy Chief Fire OfficerIn charge of the brigade when the CFO is unavailable, Commander of the High Volume Pumping Unit & takes charge of incidents with more than 15 appliances
Chief Fire OfficerIn charge of the brigade & will take charge of incidents with more than 15 appliances

Notable incidents

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