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Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service operates from 23 strategically located sites across Shropshire. The service headquarters is in Shrewsbury and the training centre is in Telford. SFRS predominantly relies on On-Call Firefighters, drawn from their local communities, with a core of Whole time firefighters to provide capacity, resilience and specialist skills.

The county of Shropshire is England’s largest inland county occupying approximately 3,490 square kilometres. The English counties of Cheshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire and the Welsh counties of Powys and Wrexham border the county.

Shropshire is one the UK’s most rural counties, with a relatively low population spread out over a large area. The local risks within Shropshire are diverse, ranging from dwellings in remote, rural locations to major industrial centres and significant heritage properties. The county is rich with historic areas, having in excess of 7000 listed buildings.

The county has an extensive road transport network and the rail network carries heavy commercial traffic. Shropshire is home to numerous waterways including the River Severn and Shropshire Union Canal systems predominantly used for recreational activity.

The main commercial centres of the county are located in Telford and Shrewsbury, with smaller market towns having thriving community facilities for trade and leisure. Shropshire is also home to Royal Air Force Cosford and Shawbury, the latter being the armed forces’ central helicopter training school.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Wendy Williams
    is HMI for Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’s Western fire region

Contact Wendy Williams
(e-mail address)

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

Service Area

1,346 square miles

Population

0.49m people 3% local 5 yr change

Workforce

34% wholetime 66% on-call
1.32 per 1000 population local 1 national level
4% local 5 yr change 17% national 5 yr change

Assets

23 stations 47 appliances

Incidents

2.4 fire incidents per 1000 population local 3.0 national
1.6 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local 3.1 national
3.4 false alarms per 1000 population local 4.1 national

Cost

£23,690 Firefighter cost per 1000 population per year £22,380 Firefighter cost per 1000 population per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Rod Hammerton