Facts and Figures

All figures correct as of 10 November 2015.

Fire Stations

5 Retained Fire Stations
1 Whole time day staffed (St. Mary’s Airport)


10* Airport Firefighters
38 Retained Firefighters
1 Chief Fire Officer
11 Volunteers
2 (0.75 FTE) Support Staff
*8 also in retained figures

Fleet Information

2 fire appliances
2 foam tenders
3 off-island tractors
3 off-island trailers
2 light weight 4-wheel drive vehicles
1 Van
1 water/foam trailer


Category 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15
Primary fire 3 2 0 6 3 2
Secondary fire 3 3 8 1 8 4
False alarm 6 7 2 3 4 5
Chimney fire 1 1 0 0 2 3
Special service call 4 10 5 11 7 2

Incident Definitions

Primary fire: Fires in buildings including mobile homes fit for occupation (i.e. not wholly derelict), caravans, vehicles, outdoor storage, plant and machinery, agricultural and forestry premises/property, post boxes, tunnels, bridges, and any secondary fire if they involve casualties, rescues or escapes or spread from one secondary fire location.

Secondary fire: These are fires confined to locations such as single derelict building, single building under demolition, single tree, grassland, hedges, fences, railway embankments, refuse, and road furniture.

Chimney fire: This is a fire that is confined to a chimney.

Special service call: These are requests for the Fire Service to attend an incident that is outside of the Fire Service statutory duty. These are incidents such as road traffic incidents (RTA’s), animal rescues, flooding, drums washed up on beaches, chemical incidents, water delivery, assistance to the police.

Reinforcements: When a crew moves to another island to provide assistance.