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Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

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, which helps to reduce risks and improve safety for the public and businesses.

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.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

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

Contact Phil Gormley (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

905 square miles

Population

1.05m people 2% local 5 yr change

Workforce

69% wholetime 31% on-call
0.69 per 1000 population local 1 national level
18% local 5 yr change 17% national 5 yr change

Assets

27 stations 69 appliances

Incidents

2.6 fire incidents per 1000 population local 3.0 national
1.9 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local 3.1 national
2.9 false alarms per 1000 population local 4.1 national

Cost

£20,300 Firefighter cost per 1000 population per year £22,380 Firefighter cost per 1000 population per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Mark Cashin