North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

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North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
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Operational area
CountryEngland
County North Yorkshire
Agency overview
Annual calls15,000 (2016)
Chief Fire Officer Andrew Brodie [1]
Facilities and equipment
Divisions8
Stations 38
Engines 58
Platforms 3
Rescues 3
HAZMAT 1
Rescue boats 3
Website
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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. [2]

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History

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. [3] [4] 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. [5] [6]

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. [7] 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. [8] [9] 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. [10]

In 2016, in line with other fire and police force mergers, a proposal was put forward that North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue merge with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service. [11]

In 2018, the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, also took on the role of Fire Commissioner for North Yorkshire. [12]

Stations

The FRS has a total of 38 fire stations, [13] 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:

NameDistrictTypeAppliances
Acomb YorkWholetime/Retained2 RP, 1 IRU
Huntington YorkWholetime/Retained2 RP, 1 ALP
Harrogate HarrogateWholetime1 RP, 1 TRV, 1 ALP, 2 X PMs HVPU/HL,
Scarborough ScarboroughWholetime1 RP, 1 TRV, 1 ALP,
York YorkWholetime1 RP, 1 WRU
Malton RyedaleDay Crewed/Retained2 RP, 1 HRU/ISU, 1 WRU
Northallerton HambletonDay Crewed/Retained2 RP, 1 ICU
Richmond RichmondshireDay Crewed1 RP, 2 X PM HVPU/HL, 1 WRU
Ripon HarrogateDay Crewed/retained2 RP, 1 HRU/ISU, 1 WRU,
Selby SelbyDay Crewed/RETAINED2 RP, 1 WRU
Tadcaster SelbyDay Crewed/Retained2 RP, 1 HRU/ISU, 1 WB, 1 GOTCHA
Whitby ScarboroughDay Crewed1 RP, 1 WRU
Bedale HambletonRetained1 RP
Bentham CravenRetained1 RP
Boroughbridge HarrogateRetained1 RP, 1 WB
Colburn RichmondshireRetained1 RP
Danby ScarboroughRetained1 RP
Easingwold HambletonRetained1 RP,
Filey ScarboroughRetained1 RP
Grassington CravenRetained1 RP
Hawes RichmondshireRetained1 RP
Helmsley RyedaleRetained1 TRV
Kirkbymoorside RyedaleRetained1 RP, 1 SCO
Knaresborough HarrogateRetained1 RP
Leyburn RichmondshireRetained1 RP
Lythe ScarboroughRetained1 RP
Masham HarrogateRetained1 RP
Pickering RyedaleRetained1 RP
Reeth RichmondshireRetained1 RP
Robin Hood's Bay ScarboroughRetained1 RP
Settle CravenRetained1 RP
Sherburn RyedaleRetained1 TRV
Skipton CravenRetained2 RP, 1 SCO
Stokesley HambletonRetained1 RP
Summerbridge HarrogateRetained1 TRV
Thirsk HambletonRetained1 RP
Goathland ScarboroughVolunteer1 VU
Lofthouse HarrogateVolunteer1 L4V
Reserve/Training(Easingwold)Hambleton-3 WRL, 4 RP
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue appliance North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.jpg
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue appliance

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. [15] Additionally, the service experienced a drop in call-outs by 32% between 2003 and 2013. [16] The total number of incidents attended in the 2014-15 year was 6,874, of which 3,777 were false alarms. [17]

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. [18]

Notable incidents

See also

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