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Cleveland Fire Brigade

Cleveland Fire Brigade covers the areas of Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees. The brigade has 14 stations across Cleveland.

The region has a mix of densely populated areas with high levels of deprivation and some more affluent or rural areas. 38 out of 79 wards within its boundaries are among 10 percent of the most deprived in the country.

The region has a major chemical production area, with 9,000 to 11,000 tanker movements a day, and 9 percent of national control of major accident hazard sites (COMAH).

The brigade also provides cover for two nuclear reactors, 6 Biomass/Energy Waste Power Stations, as well as the Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority and shared coverage of an international airport.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

  • His Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Michelle Skeer is HMI for Cleveland Fire Brigade
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’s Northern 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

231 square miles


0.57m people
up1% local 5 yr change


80% wholetime firefighters
20% on-call firefighters
0.69 per 1000 population local
0.56 national level
down5% local 5 yr change
down5% national 5 yr change


14 stations
21 fire engines


6.6 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
2.1 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
4.9 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
3.8 national


£30.24 firefighter cost per person per year
£25.22 firefighter cost per person per year (national)