Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service
Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service
Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service
Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service area
Area Cumbria
Size 6,768 km²
Population 498,800
Formed 1974
HQ Station Road, Cockermouth, Allerdale
Stations 38
Co-responder Yes
Chief Fire Officer Dominic Harrison
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Ian Cartwright
Website Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service
Fire authority Cumbria Fire and Rescue Authority
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Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service for the Shire county of Cumbria, England. Of the 38 fire stations, there are six wholetime (Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle, Kendal, Whitehaven, Workington and Penrith ) and 32 retained. The headquarters are based in central Cockermouth, and training centre at Penrith.



The recent history of Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service really starts in 1947 when the fire service as we know it today was formed. Prior to that there was the National Fire Service and before that there were various independent services run by volunteers in villages, towns and cities throughout the country. Cumbria Fire Service was formed in 1974 after local government was reorganised. It took in Cumberland Fire Service, Westmoreland Fire Service, Carlisle and Barrow Fire Services and parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire. Cumbria is the second largest county in the UK. In 2005, the service changed its name to Cumbria Fire & Rescue service to reflect the new responsibilities it now has.


For a complete list of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service's fleet see here: [1]

Workington fire station


Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has split Cumbria into three areas, each containing two of the countys districts, they are:

Region Population Area Headquarters Wholetime stations Retained stations
Barrow and South Lakeland 176,780 1,631.26 km² Barrow-in-Furness Barrow-in-Furness, Kendal Ambleside, Arnside, Broughton-in-Furness, Coniston, Dalton-in-Furness (Barrow), Grange-over-Sands, Kirkby Lonsdale, Milnthorpe, Sedbergh, Staveley, Ulverston, Walney (Barrow), Windermere
Carlisle and Eden 155,000 3,196.42 km² Carlisle Carlisle Alston, Appleby, Brampton (Carlisle), Kirkby Stephen, Lazonby, Longtown (Carlisle), Patterdale, Penrith, Shap
Allerdale and Copeland 164,600 1,995.38 km² Workington Workington, Whitehaven Aspatria, Bootle, Cockermouth, Egremont, Frizington, Keswick, Maryport, Millom, Seascale, Silloth, Wigton

Incidents of note

  • 8 January 2005 - Carlisle and North Cumbria Floods [2], the worst flooding in living memory caused massive disruption and damage across the county. More than 3,000 properties were affected, 60,000 homes were without power and some areas of Carlisle were under 7 ft (2.1 m) of water.[3]
  • 5 November 2006 - Over 100 firefighters from across South Cumbria fought a major fire which eventually destroyed two of Barrow's largest superstores (MFI and Allied Carpets)[4].
  • 2 January 2008 - Dozens of firefighters fight a large blaze in Barrow's Matalan store, just next door to a construction site where MFI once stood [5].

See also

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