Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is responsible for serving the communities of Central Bedfordshire, Luton Borough Council, Bedford Borough Council.
Contact this service for:
- home and business safety checks
- advice for builders and building owners
- help installing smoke alarms
- school visits
- community events
- jobs, apprenticeships and volunteering
- youth and cadet schemes
Analyse data such as false alarms, fires and non-fire incidents updated quarterly.
Analyse data such as number of fire stations, appliances and budgets, updated annually.
Incidents, work force and other data
Current and historical data for this service are published on GOV.UK. This includes:
- the type of incidents attended
- causes of fires
- deaths and injuries from fire
- workforce numbers and diversity
- firefighter pensions
- fire prevention and protection activity
Fire and rescue services are required to publish the following financial information:
These requirements come from the local government transparency code 2015.
HMICFRS Inspection Results
Bedfordshire in their HMICFRS inspection report received the following gradings in the three inspection categories –
Effectiveness - Good
Efficiency - Requires improvement
People - Good
The report was published on 15 December 2021 and can be found at - Effectiveness, efficiency and people 2021/22 – Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service - HMICFRS (justiceinspectorates.gov.uk)
Who manages Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Chief Fire Officer: Andy Hopkinson
Fire and rescue authority Chair: John Chatterley
A combined authority covers more than one local authority area and is governed by locally elected councillors from the area. There is protected funding for fire and rescue.
Integrated Risk Management Plans (IRMP)
It is a requirement under the Fire and Rescue National Framework that each Fire and Rescue Authority must produce an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP). The IRMP should be easily accessible and publicly available. Each plan must reflect all foreseeable fire and rescue related risks that could affect their communities, whether they are local, cross-border, multi-authority and/or national in nature; set out its management strategy; reflect effective consultation throughout its development with the community, its workforce & partners, and cover at least a three-year timespan. Most Fire and Rescue Authority will review and update their IRMP on an annual basis.
View the long term plan for fire and rescue services in Bedfordshire (IRMP).
If you have a complaint about your fire and rescue service, please contact them directly. If you have completed their complaints process and are still not happy, find out who you can speak to next.