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Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service is currently in our Engage stage of enhanced monitoring.

The area stretches from the outskirts of London to the South Midlands. It comprises the four districts of Buckinghamshire – Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe – and Milton Keynes.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service receives around 16,000 calls for assistance every year, of which about 7,000 are emergency incidents. It has 42 frontline and specialist fire and rescue vehicles and four urban search and rescue vehicles.

More than 100 people work in a variety of support services, including teams in risk assessment, vehicle workshops, finance, human resources and corporate planning.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

  • His Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Roy Wilsher is HMI for Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’s London and South Central fire region

HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this service

For over 160 years, His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary independently assessed and reported on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and policing, in the public interest.

In summer 2017, HMIC (now HMICFRS) took on inspections of England’s fire & rescue services, assessing and reporting on their efficiency, effectiveness and leadership.

Key facts – 2020/2021

Service Area

723 square miles

Population

0.82m people
up3% local 5 yr change

Workforce

74% wholetime firefighters
26% on-call firefighters
0.46 per 1000 population local
0.56 national level
up4% local 5 yr change
down5% national 5 yr change

Assets

20 stations
30 fire engines

Incidents

2.3 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
3.2 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
3.4 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
3.8 national

Cost

£20.08 firefighter cost per person per year
£25.22 firefighter cost per person per year (national)