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Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service provides an emergency response service to safeguard almost one million people every day, across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Its purpose is “Safer people, safer places.”

The service has 20 strategically located fire & rescue stations within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Each one is equipped and crewed to enable effective provision of not only emergency services in times of greatest need but also to undertake a great deal of prevention and education within the community. Fire & rescue stations also forge links with other organisations and associations to target vulnerable members of the community in relation to reducing domestic fires and their devastating consequences.

The command and control suite deals with about 15,000 calls each year, resulting in an average of 8,000 actual emergency incidents each year.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Zoë Billingham
    is HMI for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’ Eastern fire region

Contact Zoë Billingham

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 – 2019/20

Service Area

985 square miles


1.10m people
up5% local 5 yr change


74% wholetime firefighters
26% on-call firefighters
0.43 per 1000 population local
0.57 national level
down17% local 5 yr change
down8% national 5 yr change


20 stations
32 fire engines


1.9 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
3.3 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
3.1 national
2.6 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
4.1 national


£19.04 firefighter cost per person per year
£24.53 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Callum Faint