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Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire & rescue service serving the county of Warwickshire in the West Midlands region of England. The service covers an area of 1,975 square kilometres and a population of around 556,750 people and includes Atherstone, Bedworth, Nuneaton, Rugby, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon, Kenilworth, Alcester and Wellesbourne.

The south of the county is largely rural and sparsely populated, and includes a small area of the Cotswolds, at the border with northwest Gloucestershire.

It employs over 450 staff and has 17 stations with 23 fire engines. The service is administered by Warwickshire County Council. Its headquarters are in Leamington Spa.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

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

764 square miles

Population

0.58m people
up5% local 5 yr change

Workforce

75% wholetime firefighters
25% on-call firefighters
0.55 per 1000 population local
0.57 national level
local 5 yr change
down8% national 5 yr change

Assets

17 stations
23 fire engines

Incidents

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

Cost

£25.05 firefighter cost per person per year
£24.53 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Kieran Amos