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Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

The fire & rescue service provides a wide range of services (often in partnership and collaboration with others) to the people who live, work and visit the county and aims to achieve excellence in all that it does.

The service covers over 1,000 square miles, which includes a variety of urban and rural communities with a population of approximately 800,000. The county contains part of the National Forest and a substantial portion of the Peak District National Park.

The service employs over 800 people and has a total of 31 fire stations based in strategic areas to cover the local area, with the headquarters in Ripley, Derby (shared with Derbyshire Constabulary).

The service’s governing body is the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority which provides strategic leadership, monitors the costs incurred by the service and sets the budget.

Connect with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

HMICFRS region and HMI

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Zoë Billingham
    is HMI for Derbyshire 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

1,013 square miles


1.05m people 2% local 5 yr change


61% wholetime 39% on-call
0.69 per 1000 population local 1 national level
8% local 5 yr change 17% national 5 yr change


31 stations 63 appliances


2.3 fire incidents per 1000 population local 3.0 national
2.0 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local 3.1 national
2.5 false alarms per 1000 population local 4.1 national


£18,620 Firefighter cost per 1000 population per year £22,380 Firefighter cost per 1000 population per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Terry McDermott