Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service


Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

Infobox UK Fire and Rescue
name = Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service




area = Cambridgeshire and Peterborough UA
start = 1974 (merger)
population = 0.7 million
size = 3,389 km²
staff =
BM = Tom Carroll, Chief Fire Officer
stations = 28
HQ = Huntingdon


web = http://www.cambsfire.gov.uk/
FA = Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service for the non-metropolitan county of Cambridgeshire and the unitary authority of Peterborough.

The brigade was formed in 1974 from the merger of the Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely Fire Brigade and the Huntingdon and Peterborough Fire Brigade (which had been formed in 1965 from the merger of Huntingdonshire Fire Brigade and the Soke of Peterborough Fire Brigade) all of which had existed since 1948.Cambridgeshire County Council was the fire authority until 1998 when Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority was formed following local government reorganisation in the county. The fire authority comprises 17 elected councillors, 13 from Cambridgeshire County Council and four from Peterborough City Council. The authority meets four times a year at brigade headquarters, situated at Hinchingbrooke Cottage on the outskirts of Huntingdon. Meetings are open to the general public. [ [http://www.cambsfire.gov.uk/fetch?src=xml/about/council The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority] Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (retrieved 09 December 2007)]

The majority of fire cover in Cambridgeshire is provided by retained fire stations. 21 out of 28 fire stations are wholly crewed by retained firefighters. Retained firefighters are men and women who are on-call at certain times during the week. They may be on call in their own time or in work time (with the support of their employer). Retained firefighters can expect to attend fires, road traffic accidents and support all kinds of other incidents.In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the use of retained firefighters (who are part-time, but are paid when on duty) rather than volunteers is standard. The Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade is one of few of its kind in the United Kingdom. Nowadays it effectively functions as a retained fire station except that its members provide their services unpaid. The Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade operate and respond to calls as directed by the Cambridgeshire Fire Service. [Walton, Jemma [http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/features?articleid=3063217 Meet Peterborough's Volunteer Fire Brigade team] Peterborough Evening Telegraph, 26 July 2007]

References

ee also

* Fire service in the United Kingdom
* History of fire brigades in the United Kingdom
* Cambridgeshire Constabulary
* East of England Ambulance Service

External links

* [http://www.cambsfire.gov.uk/ Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service]


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