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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. Doncaster is the least densely populated area, covering large rural areas to the north east of the county.

The regional urban landscapes include listed buildings, universities, major hospitals, sports stadiums, shopping outlets, railway stations, airports, motorways and major roads. The region also has the Meadowhall Shopping Centre between Sheffield and Rotherham, with its own tram terminus, railway and bus station. A new railway station is planned there as part of the Government’s High Speed 2 network.

The mission of the service is to keep the people of South Yorkshire safe. This includes deployment of hundreds of firefighters, covering 22 fire stations, using dozens of specialist vehicles supported by dedicated control room and support staff.

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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

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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


1.41m people
up3% local 5 yr change


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


21 stations
27 fire engines


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


£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