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Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

PLEASE NOTE: On 1 April 2021, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service merged with the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service.

This fire & rescue service covers Hampshire, which is the third-most populous county in England, including the cities of Southampton, Portsmouth and Winchester, and its largest towns of Havant, Basingstoke, Gosport and Eastleigh.

85 percent of Hampshire is defined as rural and over a third of the county is within National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Hampshire has 11 district councils, 261 parish and town councils and 545,000 households, of which 71 percent are owner-occupied (2011 Census). Tourism is worth almost £3 billion annually to the Hampshire economy. Each year Hampshire is visited by 4.5 million staying visitors and a further 52 million day visitors.

At the close of 2015, the Chief Constable and more than 100 Hampshire Constabulary staff moved into the fire headquarters in Eastleigh, creating the first shared police and fire headquarters in the country.

Connect with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

HMICFRS region and HMI

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Matt Parr
    is HMI for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’s London and South Central fire region

Contact Matt Parr


HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this service

For over 160 years, Her 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

1,455 square miles


1.86m people
up2% local 5 yr change


58% wholetime firefighters
42% on-call firefighters
0.58 per 1000 population local
0.56 national level
down10% local 5 yr change
down5% national 5 yr change


61 stations
86 fire engines


2.1 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
1.9 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
3.7 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
3.8 national


£21.43 firefighter cost per person per year
£25.22 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Neil Odin