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Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

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Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service logo.jpg
Operational area
CountyTyne and Wear
Agency overview
Employees1,151
Chief Fire OfficerChris Lowther QFSM
Facilities and equipment
Stations17
Website
www.twfire.gov.uk Edit this at Wikidata
A 2002 Dennis Sabre fire appliance (left) in traditional Tyne and Wear livery and a 2010 Volvo FL appliance (right) with new battenburg markings, pictured on the forecourt of Farringdon Community fire station in North Moor.
A 2002 Dennis Sabre fire appliance (left) in traditional Tyne and Wear livery and a 2010 Volvo FL appliance (right) with new battenburg markings, pictured on the forecourt of Farringdon Community fire station in North Moor.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, formerly known as the Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Fire Brigade, is the fire and rescue service for the metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear. The service provides emergency fire cover to the five metropolitan boroughs in the county: Newcastle Upon Tyne, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland, with a total population of 1.09 million people and a total geographical area of 538 km2 (208 square miles).[1] Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority is responsible for the running of the service, as well as the publication of performance indicators in accordance with its legal obligations.[2] In April 2017, Chris Lowther was appointed Chief Fire Officer.[3]

In November 2018, the service announced proposals to cut frontline operations in order to meet budget requirements imposed by the Government. The proposals are currently[when?] under public consultation.

History

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service was established as Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Fire Brigade in 1974 as a result of changes to area boundaries within the North East of England. Essentially, a fire service did exist through delivery of several smaller fire services established under the Fire Brigades Act 1938 which made it a requirement for local authorities to provide fire cover to their area,[4] although the smaller services were never united as one service as they are today until 1974. During the second World War, all local fire services in the region and on a national level created under the 1938 legislation were nationalised to form the National Fire Service, remaining this way until the Fire Services Act 1947 which handed control back of fire cover back to local authorities in 1948.[5][6] When the service was established in 1974, it brought together four small local fire services and parts of two others – Durham County Fire Brigade, Northumberland County Fire Brigade, Newcastle and Gateshead Fire Brigade, Sunderland Fire Brigade, and South Shields and Tynemouth Fire Brigade – to form the service that exists today.[5]

In June 2003, then Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott submitted a white paper to Parliament outlining reforms to the Fire Service in the UK. Part of the reforms outlined included changing the name of fire services across the UK to 'Fire and Rescue Service', giving greater emphasis to the changing role of the fire service.[7] In 2004, following further government publications, the name of the service was changed from Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Fire Brigade to Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service,[5] with post-2004 vehicle livery and all other parts of the service reflecting the name change. In 2006, the service had built six new fire stations under the Public Private Partnership initiative, replacing older fire stations that were in need of extensive upgrade; the service had also built a new headquarters in Washington to replace the previous headquarters on Pilgrim Street in the centre of Newcastle as well as a new Technical Services building.[8] In 2011, the location for the new Sunderland North fire station in Fulwell was announced, with the station expected to be opened in late 2014 and replacing the current station nearby.[9]

In July 2014, due to government budget cuts the fire and rescue service was forced to remove a frontline fire appliance from Swalwell and one from Wallsend fire station.[citation needed] May 2015 saw the introduction of two Targeted response vehicles to be based at Washington fire station.[citation needed] In September 2015 a further two targeted response vehicles would replace two fire appliances, one at Newcastle central and one at Sunderland central.[citation needed] Further cuts were implemented in October 2016, removing two more fire appliances, one at West Denton and one at Hebburn.[citation needed] On 1 November 2020 West Denton regained its second pump after savings in other areas were made to bolster the front-line fleet.[citation needed]

Fire stations

The service divides its area into three geographical zones. All fire stations, apart from three which are noted below, are wholetime-crewed:[10]

North

  • Byker
  • Gosforth
  • Newcastle Central
  • Tynemouth
  • Wallsend
  • West Denton

East

  • Birtley (day crewed, close call)
  • Chopwell (retained)
  • Gateshead
  • Swalwell
  • Washington

West

  • Farringdon
  • Hebburn
  • Marley Park
  • Rainton Bridge (day crewed, close call)
  • South Shields
  • Sunderland

See also

References

  1. ^ "About Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service". Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority". Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  3. ^ "New Chief Fire Officer for Tyne and Wear". Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Division within HO: Fire Service Department". The National Archives (United Kingdom). Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "History of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service". Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Timeline: 1248 to 1967". Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 19 March 2012.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Our Fire and Rescue Service" (PDF). Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 December 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Community Fire Stations". Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  9. ^ Wheeler, Katy (1 August 2011). "Site of new Sunderland fire station revealed as Fulwell base prepares to close". Sunderland Echo. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  10. ^ "Estates and Facilities Department - Asset Plan 2018-2023" (PDF). Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. June 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2021.

External links

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