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Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service serves a resident population of over 1 million, divided between the five constituent councils of Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland in the North East of England. The service has 17 fire stations.

The population density accounts for 43 percent of the North East’s population in just six percent of the total land area.

As well as putting out fires, the service responds to road traffic accidents and rescuing people and animals from heights, water, confined spaces and more.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Andy Cooke is HMI for Tyne and Wear 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

208 square miles

Population

1.14m people
up2% local 5 yr change

Workforce

98% wholetime firefighters
2% on-call firefighters
0.53 per 1000 population local
0.57 national level
down12% local 5 yr change
down8% national 5 yr change

Assets

17 stations
24 fire engines

Incidents

6.2 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
2.8 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
3.1 national
5.7 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
4.1 national

Cost

£28.32 firefighter cost per person per year
£24.53 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Chris Lowther