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Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

The fire & rescue service serves Oxfordshire, the most rural South East county. One third of the population live in towns or villages of fewer than 10,000 people.

The Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service has 25 stations. It works to reduce the incidence of fire through partnerships, education, advice and enforcement and to sustain an effective, efficient and economic fire & rescue service.

The service collaborates with Thames Valley Fire and Rescue Service partners, Buckinghamshire and Royal Berkshire, to improve the service to the public. This joint working has resulted in the joint purchasing of fire engines and equipment and breathing apparatus equipment sets. They have a joint joint control room that handles all emergency calls across the three services.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

  • His Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Roy Wilsher is HMI for Oxfordshire 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 has 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

1,006 square miles


0.70m people
up3% local 5 yr change


55% wholetime firefighters
45% on-call firefighters
0.61 per 1000 population local
0.56 national level
down9% local 5 yr change
down5% national 5 yr change


25 stations
34 fire engines


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


£24.23 firefighter cost per person per year
£25.22 firefighter cost per person per year (national)