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Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

Derbyshire fire & rescue service provides a wide range of services to the people who live and work in the county, as well as those who visit.

The service covers over 1,000 square miles, which includes a variety of urban and rural communities with a population of approximately 1,050,000. The county contains part of the National Forest and a substantial portion of the Peak District National Park.

The service employs over 800 people and has a total of 31 fire stations based in strategic areas to cover the local area, with the headquarters in Ripley (shared with Derbyshire Constabulary).

The service’s governing body is the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority which provides strategic leadership, monitors the costs incurred by the service and sets the budget.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

  • His Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Lee Freeman is HMI for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’s Eastern 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

1,015 square miles


1.06m people
up3% local 5 yr change


61% wholetime firefighters
39% on-call firefighters
0.55 per 1000 population local
0.56 national level
up6% local 5 yr change
down5% national 5 yr change


31 stations
41 fire engines


2.2 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
1.2 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
2.1 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
3.8 national


£22.04 firefighter cost per person per year
£25.22 firefighter cost per person per year (national)