Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service serves a resident population of over 1 million, divided between the five constituent councils of Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland in the North East of England. The service has 17 fire stations.
The population density accounts for 43 percent of the North East’s population in just six percent of the total land area.
As well as putting out fires, the service responds to road traffic accidents and rescuing people and animals from heights, water, confined spaces and more.
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.