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Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

Shropshire is England’s largest inland county occupying approximately 3,490 square kilometres. It has a relatively low population spread out over a large area. The county has many historic areas, and has more than 7,000 listed buildings.

The local risks within Shropshire are diverse, ranging from dwellings in remote, rural locations to major industrial centres and significant heritage properties.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service operates from 23 strategically located stations 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.

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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

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

1,347 square miles

Population

0.50m people
up5% local 5 yr change

Workforce

40% wholetime firefighters
60% on-call firefighters
0.89 per 1000 population local
0.57 national level
down7% local 5 yr change
down8% national 5 yr change

Assets

23 stations
28 fire engines

Incidents

2.3 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
2.4 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
3.1 national
3.4 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
4.1 national

Cost

£26.54 firefighter cost per person per year
£24.53 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Rod Hammerton