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Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service covers a region that includes several large urban areas, such as Guildford, Redhill and Woking. It also has 64 miles of motorway, proximity to two major airports and over 200 special risks throughout the county. There are 25 stations in Surrey.

As well as providing a response service to the people of Surrey, the service focuses its efforts on education – raising awareness among the most vulnerable people in order to reduce suffering caused by fires, road traffic collisions and other emergencies.

Surrey’s firefighters are trained to deal with a range of emergency situations, not just fires and road traffic collisions. The service works with other agencies to respond to accidents or emergencies in pipelines running through Surrey, dealing with emergencies that may involve hazardous or radioactive materials, and advising on fire safety requirements for building regulations.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

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

645 square miles


1.20m people
up2% local 5 yr change


84% wholetime firefighters
16% on-call firefighters
0.44 per 1000 population local
0.56 national level
down11% local 5 yr change
down5% national 5 yr change


25 stations
30 fire engines


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


£23.55 firefighter cost per person per year
£25.22 firefighter cost per person per year (national)