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Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

Cheshire is located in North West England. The area includes the historic city of Chester and the prominent towns of Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Wilmslow. The county is mostly rural with several small towns and villages.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has 28 stations, four community safety centres and three community fire protection offices. Its headquarters is in Winsford.

The service responds to emergency incidents across the four unitary council areas of Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Halton and Warrington. It also provides community safety advice.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Andy Cooke is HMI for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’s Northern 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

906 square miles

Population

1.07m people
up3% local 5 yr change

Workforce

73% wholetime firefighters
27% on-call firefighters
0.54 per 1000 population local
0.57 national level
down6% local 5 yr change
down8% national 5 yr change

Assets

28 stations
39 fire engines

Incidents

2.2 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
2.4 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
3.1 national
3.0 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
4.1 national

Cost

£23.61 firefighter cost per person per year
£24.53 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Mark Cashin