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Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

The fire & rescue service serves Oxfordshire, the most rural South East county. It has a population of around 666,000, one third of which lives in towns or villages of fewer than 10,000 people.

The county is a popular visitor destination for its rural beauty, numerous market towns and Oxford city itself, which has earned a global reputation for its academic and architectural splendour. Oxford is also a global centre of publishing. Oxfordshire has consistently high levels of employment and the workforce is among the most highly-qualified in the country. World-class business clusters include bioscience, advanced motorsport engineering, scientific research and cryogenics.

The Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service has 24 stations. One of its main aims is to increase the diversity of its workforce to represent Oxfordshire’s communities more effectively. The service also aspires to secure a safer community in Oxfordshire by reducing the incidence of fire through partnerships, education, advice and enforcement and to sustain a highly effective, efficient and economic fire & rescue service, with best value at its heart.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Matt Parr
    is HMI for Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’s London and South Central fire region

Contact Matt Parr

HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this service

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.

Key facts – 2019/20

Service Area

1,006 square miles


0.69m people
up3% local 5 yr change


54% wholetime firefighters
46% on-call firefighters
0.61 per 1000 population local
0.57 national level
down16% local 5 yr change
down8% national 5 yr change


25 stations
35 fire engines


2.1 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
2.6 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
3.1 national
4.3 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
4.1 national


£21.95 firefighter cost per person per year
£24.53 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Rob MacDougall