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.
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.