Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service
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Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service
Operational area
Agency overview
Established1974 (1974)
Chief Fire OfficerJohn Beard
Facilities and equipment
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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 (two stations East and West), Whitehaven, Workington and Ulverston). two day-crewed (Kendal and Penrith) and 30 retained. Since 2012, the headquarters are at Penrith next to the headquarters of Cumbria Constabulary.


Prior to 1947, 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, Westmorland Fire Service, Carlisle and Barrow Fire Services and parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire. In 2005, the service changed its name to Cumbria Fire & Rescue service to reflect the new responsibilities it now has.

Fire stations and appliances

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

Allerdale & Copeland area

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
C01 Workington Regular / On-call 1x ErP, 1x WrL, 1x JICU, 1x YFFP
C02 Whitehaven Regular / On-call 2x WrL, 1 x WFU
C03 Aspatria On-call 1x WrL
C04 Cockermouth On-call 1x WrL, 1x WelfU
C05 Egremont On-call 1x WrL
C06 Frizington On-call 1x WrL
C07 Keswick On-call 1x WrL, 1x WFU
C08 Maryport On-call 1x WrL 1 RRV
C09 Seascale On-call 1x WrL
C10 Silloth On-call 1x WrL, 1x WFU
C41 Bootle On-call 1x WrL
C46 Millom On-call 1x WrL, 1x WFU

Barrow and South Lakeland area

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
C61 Ambleside Retained 1x DrP, 1x WFU
C63 Arnside Retained 1x RRV
C40 Barrow Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 1x ErP, 1x WrL, 1x ALP*, 1x MDU
C42 Broughton Retained 1x WrL
C43 Coniston Retained 1x DrP
C45 Grange-Over-Sands Retained 1x WrL, 1x WFU
C60 Kendal Wholetime/Retained/Cross Crewed* 1x ErP, 1x WrL, 1x GPV*, 1x PM* for 1x HVP, 1x HVHL
C64 Kirkby Lonsdale Retained 1x WrL
C66 Milnthorpe Retained 1x WrL
C67 Sedbergh Retained 1x DrP, 1x WFU
C69 Staveley Retained 1x RRV
C47 Ulverston Day Crewed/Retained 2x WrL
C48 Walney Island Retained 1x WrL, 1x ICU
C70 Windermere Retained 1x WrL, 1x WFU

Carlisle and Eden area

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
C22 Alston Retained 1x WrL
C62 Appleby Retained 1x WrL, 1x WFU
C23 Brampton Retained 1x WrL
C20 Carlisle East Wholetime/Cross Crewed* 1x WrL, 1x ALP*, 1x RB
C21 Carlisle West Wholetime 1x ErP
C65 Kirkby Stephen Retained 1x WrL
C24 Lazonby Retained 1x DrP
C25 Longtown Retained 1x WrL
C26 Patterdale Retained 1x DrP
C27 Penrith Day Crewed#/Retained/Cross Crewed* 1x ErP, 1x WrL, 1x WrC*, 1x ICU*, 1x PM+EPU*, JICU
C68 Shap Retained 1x DrP
C11 Wigton Retained 1x WrL
  1. Penrith Day Crew works 09:00-17:00 Monday to Sunday. At 17:00 PDC becomes the Retained appliance.

Fire appliance glossary / callsigns

  • Cumbria fire appliances
    Water Rescue Ladder (WrL): P1/P2
  • Enhanced Rescue Pump (ErP): P1
  • Dual Role Pump (DrP): P1
  • Water Carrier/Driver Training (WrC): W1
  • Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP): A2
  • Command & Control Unit (CCU): ELS8
  • Joint Incident Command Unit (JICU): C1 (Shared between Cumbria Constabulary and North West Ambulance Service)
  • Wildfire Unit (WFU): M1
  • Welfare Unit (WelfU): S4
  • General Purpose Vehicle (GPV): T1
  • Prime Mover (PM): T8/T9
  • Rescue Boat (RB)
  • Mass Decontamination Unit (MDU)
  • Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) R1


  • Environmental Protection Unit (EPU)
  • High Volume Pump (HVP)
  • High Volume Hose Layer (HVHL)
  • About The Special Appliances:
  • 2013 Volvo FL Enhanced Rescue Pumps: The enhanced rescue pumps (ErP) combine the normal role of a WrL and a rescue unit. Thus making them slightly larger.
  • 2006 Land Rover Defender Cobra Enabled Vehicle (CEV): A modified wildfire Land Rover to contain the Cold Cut Cobra System, which is currently on trial in Barrow.

Incidents of note

  • 8 January 2005 - Carlisle and North Cumbria Floods,[1] 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.[2]
  • 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).[3]
  • 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.[4]
  • 11 January 2017 - Over 50 firefighters fight a large blaze in the old House of Lords building connected to Bar Continental in Barrow-in-Furness. The fire caused the building to at least partially collapse.[5]

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