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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 around 1,300 square miles.

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 attacks.

All 999 calls are received by the control room at service headquarters in Hessle. Fire engines are then mobilised from 31 stations across the service area.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

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

HMICFRS’ role in inspecting this service

For over 160 years, His 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 – 2020/2021

Service Area

1,357 square miles


0.93m people
up1% local 5 yr change


56% wholetime firefighters
44% on-call firefighters
0.84 per 1000 population local
0.56 national level
local 5 yr change
down5% national 5 yr change


31 stations
43 fire engines


3.6 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
5.2 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
4.0 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
3.8 national


£31.03 firefighter cost per person per year
£25.22 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Chris Blacksell