Who We Are

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service is the statutory fire and rescue service covering Cornwall. Created under the Fire Services Act 1947 as "Cornwall County Fire Brigade", the name changed to "Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service" on 1 October 2009, leaving London and Cleveland as the only two UK fire services to use the name "Fire Brigade".

The service is administered by Cornwall Council, with a new Service Headquarters (SHQ) at Tolvaddon, which opened in 2015. 

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CFRCS Service operates 31 community fire stations, of which two are crewed day and night (wholetime), five are day-crewed (Monday to Sunday, 07:00 to 19:00) and the remainder are crewed by on-call firefighters, who live near to their fire station and can arrive there within five minutes of a call being received. Due to an influx in visitors during the summer months, Newquay is changed to a wholetime structure during the summer period. The breakdown of stations is as follows:

  • 2 wholetime shift / on-call stations
  • 5 wholetime day-crewed stations / on-call stations
  • 24 on-call stations

Around 730 people work in the Service, this is split between operational staff and a range of support staff including business support, health and safety, equality and diversity, training and development, engineering and workshops, procurement, critical control, performance and support for our people.

The work we do is extremely varied and includes everything from fighting fires and rescuing people, to attending road traffic collisions and promoting community safety within local schools and to the wider communities within Cornwall.

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