Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service cover an area of 1,643 kilometers square and is responsible to 1.5 million people. It is the statutory fire and rescue service of Hertfordshire, England but is managed by the Fire Authority which is an internal part of Hertfordshire County Council. Today, the service is administered by Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher and he’s assisted by Deputy Chief Fire Officer Jon Mills.
The headquarters is based in Hertford but the Training and Development Center and Fire Control Center are based in Longfield, Stevenage.
The service performs variety of tasks- they put out fires, rescue people trapped in collapsed building or enclosed spaces, attend to traffic accidents. As a matter of fact, in 2005, the service witnessed what is thought to be the largest fire since World War II.
The service has 32 operating stations, 11 of which are crewed 24 hours while 18 are crewed by retained firefighters who live nearby the stations so they can come over within 5 minutes after a call is received, and 1 station is crewed during day time only.
For wholetime stations, they have at Hemel Hempstead which owns 2 Water Rescue Ladders, 1 Decontaminations & Environmental Protection Unit, and a 4×4; another station is at Rickmansworth which owns Water rescue Ladder and Incident Support Unit; then there is a station at Watford which has 2 Water Rescue Ladders, Aerial Ladder Platform and a 4×4; then at Garston which has a Water Rescue Ladder; St. Albans which owns 2 Water rescue Ladder and an Incident Response Unit; at Borehamwood which has Water Rescue Ladder; at potters Bar which also has a Water Rescue Ladder; at Chestnut which owns Water Rescue Ladder; at Welwyn Garden City which owns Water Rescue Ladder, High Volume Pump Unit, and a 4×4; then at Stevenage which own s2 Water Rescue Ladders, 1 Aerial Ladder Platform and 4×4; and at Hertford which owns Water Rescue Ladders and Control Support Unit.
For stations operating based on retained duty system, they have it at Hitchin which owns Water Rescue Ladder and Incident Support Unit; Baldock & Letchworth which owns Water Rescue Ladder; Royston which has Water Rescue Ladder; at Bishops Stortford which has Water Rescue Ladder; at Sawbridgeworth, Much Hadham, Ware, Harpenden, Wheathampstead, Welwyn, Hoddesdon, Redbourn, Bushey, Kings Langley, Berkhamstead, Tring, and Markyate which all have Water Rescue Ladder.
The only station operating only at daytime is at Hatfield which owns Water Rescue Ladder, Rescue Support Unit, Fireboat and 4×4.