Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service has 27 stations with 41 fire engines strategically located across the two counties. All stations respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The service has around 680 firefighters, supported by 20 fire control staff and approximately 100 support staff. It also hosts one of 29 national urban search and rescue specialist units.
The service receives nearly 10,000 emergency calls each year requesting assistance at a wide variety of incidents, including property and countryside fires, road traffic collisions, collapsed structures, hazardous materials and animal and water rescues. It attends just over 6,500 incidents each year – more than 125 incidents every week.
For over 160 years, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has independently assessed and reported on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and policing, in the public interest.
In summer 2017, HMIC (now HMICFRS) took on inspections of England’s fire & rescue services, assessing and reporting on their efficiency, effectiveness and leadership.