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North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

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North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
North Yorkshire Fire logojpg.jpg
Operational area
CountyNorth Yorkshire
Agency overview
Annual calls15,000 (2016)
Chief Fire OfficerAndrew Brodie[1]
Facilities and equipment
Rescue boats3
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North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service covering the seven districts of administrative county of North Yorkshire: Craven, Harrogate, Hambleton, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby; as well as the unitary authority of City of York. The service covers and area of 3,209 square miles (8,310 km2) and serves a population of 830,000.[2] It is divided into eight groups related to the above districts.[3]


Like all areas of the country, independent fire brigades developed in towns and cities across England which catered for the immediate area and were sponsored by the local authority. Examples within North Yorkshire were the Scarborough Fire Brigade, the Whitby Town Fire Brigade, and Pocklington Town Fire Brigade, which were merged in 1948 into the North Riding Fire Brigade.[4][5] York had a separate professional fire brigade instituted in 1940 (under a Fire act of 1938), which was subsumed into the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in 1996 when the City of York Council and the North Yorkshire Fire Authority combined their efforts into one fire authority.[6][7]

Fire stations and services have fluctuated with changing council and local authority areas and with cutbacks to the fire service itself. The North Riding Fire Brigade lost some of its most northern areas around Guisborough and Saltburn to the newly formed Teesside Fire service in 1968. Teesside later became Cleveland Fire Brigade.[8] The county boundary changes of 1974 had a profound effect on North Yorkshire, as the area it covered increased from 2,116 square miles (5,480 km2) to 3,207 square miles (8,310 km2) and saw an increase in stations from 30 to 34.[9][10] In the 1970s, the brigade closed Whixley fire station near Boroughbridge, and in 2013, Snainton fire station near Scarborough was closed too. Cover would be supplied from nearby Whitby and Scarborough fire stations.[11]

In 2016, in line with other fire and police force mergers, a proposal was put forward that North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue merge with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.[12]

In 2018, the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, also took on the role of Fire Commissioner for North Yorkshire.[13]


The service has a total of 38 fire stations.[2] The majority of these are crewed by retained firefighters, with the minority being wholetime or day-crewed.[14] North Yorkshire also has two fire stations which are crewed by volunteers. The breakdown of station crewing is:[14][15]

  • Five wholetime shift fire stations
  • Seven wholetime day-crewed stations
  • 24 retained stations
  • Two volunteer-crewed stations

In addition to the fire stations, there is a headquarters and control room in Northallerton and a training centre in Easingwold. The fire service also shares the transport and logistics hub in Thirsk with North Yorkshire Police.[14]

Name District[15] Crewing system[14]
Acomb City of York & Selby Wholetime
Huntington City of York & Selby Wholetime
Harrogate Craven & Harogate Wholetime
Scarborough Scarborough & Ryedale Wholetime
York City of York & Selby Wholetime
Malton Scarborough & Ryedale & Rydale Day-crewed / Retained
Northallerton Hambleton & Richmondshire Day-crewed / Retained
Richmond Hambleton & Richmondshire Day-crewed / Retained
Ripon Craven & Harogate Day-crewed / Retained
Selby City of York & Selby Day-crewed / Retained
Tadcaster City of York & Selby Day-crewed / Retained
Whitby Scarborough & Ryedale Day-crewed / Retained
Bedale Hambleton & Richmondshire Retained
Bentham Craven & Harrogate Retained
Boroughbridge Craven & Harogate Retained
Colburn Hambleton & Richmondshire Retained
Danby Scarborough & Ryedale Retained
Easingwold Hambleton & Richmondshire Retained
Filey Scarborough & Ryedale Retained
Grassington Craven & Harrogate Retained
Hawes Hambleton & Richmondshire Retained
Helmsley Scarborough & Ryedale & Rydale Retained
Kirkbymoorside Scarborough & Ryedale & Rydale Retained
Knaresborough Craven & Harogate Retained
Leyburn Hambleton & Richmondshire Retained
Lythe Scarborough & Ryedale Retained
Masham Craven & Harogate Retained
Pickering Scarborough & Ryedale & Rydale Retained
Reeth Hambleton & Richmondshire Retained
Robin Hood's Bay Scarborough & Ryedale Retained
Settle Craven & Harrogate Retained
Sherburn Scarborough & Ryedale & Rydale Retained
Skipton Craven & Harrogate Retained
Stokesley Hambleton & Richmondshire Retained
Summerbridge Craven & Harogate Retained
Thirsk Hambleton & Richmondshire Retained
Goathland Scarborough & Ryedale Volunteer
Lofthouse Craven & Harogate Volunteer
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue appliance
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue appliance

Incidents and statistics

The FRS received a total number of 19,000 emergency calls in 2007, as well as this the service also dealt with 9,000 incidents that year.[16] Additionally, the service experienced a drop in call-outs by 32% between 2003 and 2013.[17] The total number of incidents attended in the 2014-15 year was 6,874, of which 3,777 were false alarms.[18]

By 2016, this had dropped to 15,000 and received notoriety when a crew in Harrogate was delayed in getting to a car fire after it emerged they had been sent to the wrong location by a control room in Cornwall. NYFRS shares its control room operations with the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service during peak periods. A later investigation determined that the mix-up was down to the caller not supplying timely information rather than the Cornish operator not having 'local' knowledge.[19]

Notable incidents


See also


  1. ^ Fox, Alexa (22 July 2019). "New chief officer for fire service". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service". HMICFRS. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Division on the FRS, coverage areas". Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 1 February 2007.
  4. ^ "Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre | Fire Brigade". Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Pocklington History - The Great Fire of Pocklington". Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Fire Authority - North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service". Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  7. ^ "The North Yorkshire Fire Services (Combination Scheme) Order 1995". Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Roger Mardon fire service history - Fire Brigades - England - Changes 1948-1974". Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Roger Mardon fire service history - Fire Brigades - England 1948". Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Roger Mardon fire service history - Fire Brigades - England 1974". Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Then and now: Fire station's red sliding doors close for good". The Yorkshire Post. 6 April 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  12. ^ Prest, Victoria (20 October 2016). "North Yorkshire and Humberside fire brigade merger suggested". Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Fire service 'raided budget reserves'". BBC News. 20 November 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  14. ^ a b c d "Our fire stations". North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  15. ^ a b "Fire stations map" (PDF). North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  16. ^ "Statistics and callout responses". Retrieved 1 February 2007.
  17. ^ "North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service reviews cover". BBC News. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  18. ^ "The future of your Fire & Rescue Service" (PDF). North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. p. 9. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  19. ^ "Cornwall 999 team cleared of mix-up with North Yorkshire fire crew". BBC News. 25 April 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  20. ^ "1984: Historic York Minster engulfed by flames". BBC News. 9 July 1984. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  21. ^ "12 die as Aberdeen-bound plane crashes in storm. 12 die as plane crashes in field". HeraldScotland. 25 May 1995. Retrieved 22 July 2019.

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