Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service for the county of Derbyshire, England.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service
Operational area
Country United Kingdom
Country England
County Derbyshire
Agency overview
Chief Fire OfficerGavin Tomlinson
Facilities and equipment
Official website


The Fire Services Act 1947 created two brigades for Derbyshire - the County Borough of Derby Fire Brigade and the Derbyshire Fire Service. In 1974, local government reorganisation led to the creation of a single organisation for the county - Derbyshire Fire Service. The word 'rescue' was added to the title in the early 1990s to reflect the changing responsibilities of the service.[1]


There are 31 fire stations currently in operation with the service, consisting of:

  • Buxton, Wholetime/Retained
  • Chesterfield, Wholetime
  • Staveley, Wholetime/Retained
  • Alfreton, Wholetime/Retained
  • Ilkeston, Wholetime/Retained
  • Kingsway, Wholetime
  • Nottingham Road, Wholetime
  • Ascot Drive, Wholetime
  • Long Eaton, Wholetime/Retained
  • Glossop, Weekday Plus/Retained
  • Matlock, Weekday Plus/Retained
  • Swadlincote, Day Crewed/Retained
  • New Mills, Retained
  • Whaley Bridge, Retained
  • Chapel En Le Frith, Retained
  • Bradwell, Retained
  • Hathersage, Retained
  • Dronfield, Retained
  • Clowne, Retained
  • Bakewell, Retained
  • Bolsover, Retained
  • Shirebrook, Retained
  • Clay Cross, Retained
  • Ashbourne, Retained
  • Wirksworth, Retained
  • Crich, Retained
  • Ripley, Retained
  • Belper, Retained
  • Heanor, Retained
  • Duffield, Retained
  • Melbourne, Retained


There are a total of 58 front-line fire engines used by the Service, located at all of the stations. The specialist appliance fleet consists of (with stations they are based at in brackets):

  • 2 Aerial Ladder Platforms (Chesterfield and Ascot Drive)
  • 3 Water Rescue Units (Ripley, Kingsway and Buxton)
  • 2 Major Rescue Units (Staveley and Nottingham Road)
  • 1 Emergency Tender (Buxton)
  • 2 Water/Foam Carriers (Clay Cross and Ilkeston)
  • 1 Water Carrier (Buxton)
  • 2 Forward Control Units (Buxton and Long Eaton)
  • 1 Unimog Alfreton
  • 1 Command Unit (Ripley)
  • 2 Incident Response Units (Alfreton)
  • 1 High-Volume Pump (Ilkeston)
  • 1 Environmental Unit (Alfreton)
  • 1 Fire Investigation Dog Unit (HQ)
  • 1 Rope Rescue Unit (Matlock)[2]
  • 1 Motus Engineering Van (Heanor)

See also


  1. Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service 2010, p. 7.
  2. Types of fire appliances (accessed 2 Feb '07) Archived 2007-02-06 at the Wayback Machine


  • Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (2010). "The History of Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service", Internal Publication.
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