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Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Bedfordshire covers an area of approximately 123,500 hectares. The area is principally rural and incorporates a several market towns, including Ampthill, Biggleswade, Woburn and Leighton Buzzard. Larger towns include Bedford, Kempston, Luton, Stopsley and Dunstable.

The service covers a large and diverse community as well as London Luton Airport, and a significant road network including the M1 and A1(M) motorways. Bedfordshire is growing as a national distribution hub and has a number of large industrial sites and warehouses. Countywide rivers present the service with problems during spate flooding conditions.

The service has 14 fire stations and an emergency communication centre. There are five wholetime stations.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Roy Wilsher is HMI for Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’s Eastern fire region

HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this service

For over 160 years, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary 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.

Key facts – 2019/20

Service Area

477 square miles


0.67m people
up5% local 5 yr change


71% wholetime firefighters
29% on-call firefighters
0.60 per 1000 population local
0.57 national level
down2% local 5 yr change
down8% national 5 yr change


14 stations
19 fire engines


2.8 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
2.6 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
3.1 national
3.4 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
4.1 national


£23.75 firefighter cost per person per year
£24.53 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Andrew Hopkinson