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South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is in the southernmost county in the Yorkshire and the Humber region. It serves the four metropolitan boroughs of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. South Yorkshire is twice as densely populated as the England average. The service serves a population of approximately 1.29 million.

The service is governed by the South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority, which is made up of 12 locally elected councillors.

The service has 21 fire stations.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Andy Cooke is HMI for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’s Northern 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

599 square miles

Population

1.41m people
up3% local 5 yr change

Workforce

85% wholetime firefighters
15% on-call firefighters
0.44 per 1000 population local
0.57 national level
down7% local 5 yr change
down8% national 5 yr change

Assets

21 stations
27 fire engines

Incidents

4.2 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
2.4 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
3.1 national
3.2 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
4.1 national

Cost

£22.48 firefighter cost per person per year
£24.53 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Alex Johnson – appointed January 2020