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Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) covers an area that is diverse in terms of its geography, and is made up of the cities of Stoke-on-Trent and Lichfield and the major towns of Stafford, Burton upon Trent, Cannock, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Tamworth and Leek.

SFRS has 33 stations and undertakes various activities aimed at making communities safer and stronger. Responding to emergencies is its first duty but the service also helps prevent fires in the home and at work.

It runs services designed to inform and help people to protect their homes and business premises, including educating children and raising awareness of road safety among drivers.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Wendy Williams
    is HMI for Staffordshire 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

1,049 square miles

Population

1.14m people
up2% local 5 yr change

Workforce

45% wholetime firefighters
55% on-call firefighters
0.57 per 1000 population local
0.57 national level
down20% local 5 yr change
down8% national 5 yr change

Assets

33 stations
46 fire engines

Incidents

2.6 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
1.9 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
3.1 national
2.7 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
4.1 national

Cost

£19.53 firefighter cost per person per year
£24.53 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Rebecca Bryant