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Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

Humberside Fire Authority is responsible for the fire & rescue service across the four unitary authority areas of the East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston upon Hull, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire. It serves a population of almost one million people spread over more than 2,000 square miles.

All 999 calls are received by the control room at service headquarters in Hessle. Fire engines are then mobilised from 30 stations across the service area. Firefighters are trained and ready to cope with a range of emergencies, not just fire. These include road, rail or air crashes, flood, animal rescues, chemical spills and even terrorist attack. The authority strives to provide a high-quality service to its communities and as a result has some of the best operational response standards in the country.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

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

Contact Phil Gormley (e-mail address)

HMICFRS’ 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

1,357 square miles


0.93m people local 5 yr change


59% wholetime 41% on-call
1.10 per 1000 population local 1 national level
10% local 5 yr change 17% national 5 yr change


29 stations 81 appliances


4.4 fire incidents per 1000 population local 3.0 national
5.7 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local 3.1 national
4.4 false alarms per 1000 population local 4.1 national


£27,770 Firefighter cost per 1000 population per year £22,380 Firefighter cost per 1000 population per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Chris Blacksell