County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service is in the North East of England. It serves an area that includes Darlington, Derwentside, Durham, Easington, Wear and Tees.
Durham city and the larger industrial and commercial towns are in the east of the area. The west is predominantly rural, consisting of open moorland and wooded river valleys, and is sparsely populated. Darlington, the largest town, is undergoing significant regeneration.
The area has good rail and road links, and Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley international airports.
During the last 25 years the traditional industries, such as coal mining and steel manufacturing, have disappeared and have been replaced by high-tech factories and modern business parks in towns such as Peterlee and Sedgefield. Further regeneration is taking place in other local areas such as Spennymoor and Bishop Auckland.
The service aims to protect people and properties and prevent incidents, continue to improve its service in a sustainable way that offers value for money, and to invest in its workforce.
As well as responding to emergencies such as fire, flooding, road traffic collisions, animal rescue and missing persons searches, the service works in the community carrying out home fire safety checks and visits to schools to warn and inform people about potential dangers. The service is committed to supporting and working with children and young people and runs thriving Young Firefighters’ Association groups at several stations in the region.
For over 160 years, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has 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.