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Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service for the non-metropolitan county of Cambridgeshire and the unitary authority of Peterborough. Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service’s headquarters is located in Huntingdon.

The service was formed in 1974 from the merger of the Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely Fire Brigade and the Huntingdon and Peterborough Fire Brigade (which had been formed in 1965 from the merger of Huntingdonshire Fire Brigade and the Soke of Peterborough Fire Brigade). It currently operates 28 fire stations.

Connect with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

HMICFRS region and HMI

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

Contact Zoë Billingham
(e-mail address)

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

Service Area

1,308 square miles

Population

0.85m people 4% local 5 yr change

Workforce

66% wholetime 34% on-call
0.64 per 1000 population local 1 national level
26% local 5 yr change 17% national 5 yr change

Assets

27 stations 44 appliances

Incidents

2.4 fire incidents per 1000 population local 3.0 national
1.8 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local 3.1 national
4.3 false alarms per 1000 population local 4.1 national

Cost

£17,440 Firefighter cost per 1000 population per year £22,380 Firefighter cost per 1000 population per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Chris Strickland