Operational Firefighters are highly trained to respond to a wide range of emergency calls, including fires, road traffic collisions, special rescues, chemical spills and floods. Firefighters also spend time educating the public about fire safety by giving educational talks in schools and visiting individuals in their homes.
20 wholetime Stations, where full-time Firefighters provide 24 hour cover in four separate 'Watches'.
29 retained Stations, where retained Firefighters provide 24 hour cover. These Firefighters have other jobs as well as working for the Fire and Rescue Service. They are called to an emergency by radio pagers and serve the community in which they live and work.