Fire cover for the county is provided by Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, which is governed by Derbyshire Fire Authority.
The overall purpose of Derbyshire Fire Authority is:
“To make Derbyshire a safer place to live, work and visit”
We have a total of 31 Fire Stations spread over the county. The 12 wholetime stations are staffed, using shift systems, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The 19 retained stations are staffed on a part-time basis from people in the local community who work or live near to their fire station and are able to respond quickly to a notified emergency. The control room personnel handle all the emergency calls and mobilise the appropriate response.
We also attend incidents other than those involving fire, such as road traffic collisions, chemical emergencies, major accident hazards, rescues, large scale emergencies and many more.
We carry out an increasing range of activities to reduce the number of fires and other emergencies occurring, but we still mobilise to approximately 17,000 emergency incidents a year, and over 24,000 calls a year are dealt with by our Command and Control personnel.
Public safety is paramount for Derbyshire and this is reflected in the fleet of constantly updated modern firefighting appliances. There are currently 44 fire appliances covering the county along with other 'special appliances' such as Aerial Ladder Platforms (capable of rescue from heights of up to 32m), Emergency Tenders (primarily for road traffic accidents), Water Carriers and a special Environmental Unit.