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Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is a large rural service covering the picturesque Lake District to the Pennines in the east, and from the industrialised West Cumbrian coast to the estuaries in the south of the county. Cumbria is the third-largest county in England by area.

The service has 38 stations. There is a great emphasis on community safety work and much of the day-to-day operation of the service revolves around this concept. Since 2012 the service’s headquarters is based at Penrith, next to Cumbria Constabulary’s headquarters.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Phil Gormley is HMI for Cumbria 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

2,613 square miles

Population

0.50m people local 5 yr change

Workforce

38% wholetime 62% on-call
1.10 per 1000 population local 1 national level
17% local 5 yr change 17% national 5 yr change

Assets

38 stations 53 appliances

Incidents

2.8 fire incidents per 1000 population local 3.0 national
1.7 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local 3.1 national
3.5 false alarms per 1000 population local 4.1 national

Cost

£23,820 Firefighter cost per 1000 population per year £22,380 Firefighter cost per 1000 population per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Steve Healey