North Wales Fire and Rescue Service
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North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service
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Operational area
CountryUnited Kingdom
RegionNorth Wales
Agency overview
Established1996 (1996)
Chief Fire OfficerSimon Smith
Facilities and equipment
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The North Wales Fire and Rescue Service (Welsh: Gwasanaeth Tân ac Achub Gogledd Cymru) is the fire and rescue service covering the predominantly rural principal areas of Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd and Wrexham in the north of Wales.

The service was created in 1996 by the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994 which reformed Welsh local government, by a merger of the previous Clwyd and Gwynedd fire services. It covers an area of 2,400 square miles (6,200 km2) with around 670,000 people. The Service employs over 1000 staff in operational and support roles.[1]

The fire authority which administers the service is a joint board made up of councillors from Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd and Wrexham councils.

Fire stations and appliances

North Wales Fire & Rescue Service is the only fire service in the UK to not use electronic sirens. All of their fire appliances have either two-tone horns or Martinshorn fitted.

The fire & rescue service operates three duty crewing systems: they are wholetime (WT), day-crewed (DC) and an "on-call" retained duty system (RDS). Wholetime fire appliances are crewed twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Day-crewed appliances are crewed by wholetime firefighters based at the fire station between 8am and 6pm. The same firefighters then provide cover from home outside of these hours as retained firefighters. Retained firefighters are summoned to the fire station by pager from home or work to respond to emergency calls. Cross-crewing (CC) is a cost-cutting measure that sees various fire appliances being crewed by a single crew. This means, for example, if an appliance in the cross-crewing system responds to an incident, any other appliances in the system have to go off-the-run as they will have no crew. Many UK fire services have been forced to operate this system because of cuts to their budgets.

Station callsign Station name Duty system Appliances
WN01 Caernarfon DC/RDS/CC* 2x WrL, PM: HVP wfu foc
WN02 Bangor DC/RDS/CC* 2x WrL, ALP, WIU & IRBt*, IRU*
WN03 Holyhead DC/CC* 2x WrL, EPU, ET*
WN04 Dolgellau RDS/CC* WrL, DRP, CRV
WN05 Aberdyfi RDS WrL
WN06 Abersoch RDS WrL
WN07 Amlwch RDS WrL, DRP
WN08 Bala RDS WrL
WN09 Barmouth RDS WrL
WN10 Beaumaris RDS WrL
WN11 Benllech RDS WrL
WN12 Blaenau Festiniog RDS WrL, L6P
WN13 Harlech RDS WrL
WN14 Llanberis RDS WrL
WN15 Llangefni RDS WrL, DRP
WN16 Menai Bridge RDS WrL
WN17 Nefyn RDS WrL
WN18 Porthmadog RDS WrL
WN19 Pwllheli RDS 2x WrL, CRV drp
WN20 Rhosneigr RDS WrL
WN21 Tywyn RDS WrL
WN22 Llandudno DC/RDS/CC* 2x WrL, GPV*, 2x PM*: HVP, HLU
WN23 Colwyn Bay DC/CC* 2x WrL flood pod
WN24 Rhyl WT/RDS/CC* 2x WrL, ALP, GPV, ICU*
WN25 Abergele RDS WrL, DRP wfu
WN26 Betws-y-Coed RDS/CC* WrL, WIU & IRBt*
WN27 Cerrigydrudion RDS WrL
WN28 Conwy RDS WrL, DRP
WN29 Corwen RDS WrL, Wfu
WN30 Denbigh RDS WrL, DRP
WN31 Llanfairfechan RDS WrL
WN32 Llangollen RDS WrL, DRP, CRV
WN33 Llanrwst RDS WrL, DRP
WN34 Prestatyn RDS WrL
WN35 Ruthin RDS/CC* WrL, WIU & IRBt*
WN36 St. Asaph RDS WrL
WN37 Wrexham WT/CC* 3x WrL, ALP, ET*, EPU*, GPV
WN38 Deeside WT/RDS/CC* 2x WrL, WIU & IRBt*, FoC*
WN39 Buckley RDS WrL
WN40 Chirk RDS WrL
WN41 Flint RDS WrL
WN42 Holywell RDS WrL
WN43 Johnstown RDS WrL
WN44 Mold RDS WrL

Fire appliance glossary

  • WRL - Water Ladder: P1 / P2 / P3
  • DRP - Dual-Role Pump: M1
  • WfU - Wildfire Unit: W1
  • L2P - Light two-wheeled drive Pump: L1
  • L6P - Light six-wheeled drive Pump: L1
  • ALP - Aerial Ladder Platform: A1
  • WIU & IRBt - Water Incident Unit & Inflatable Rescue Boat: B1
  • ICU - Incident Command Unit: C1
  • EPU - Environmental Protection Unit: H1
  • ET - Emergency Tender: R1
  • FoC - Foam Carrier: S1
  • ISU - Incident Support Unit: S1
  • GPV - General Purpose Vehicle: T1 / T7
  • PM - Prime Mover: T8 / T9
  • CRV - Community Response Vehicle


  • HVP - High Volume Pump
  • HLU - Hose Layer Unit

Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear response

  • IRU - Incident Response Unit: H9

See also

External links


  1. ^ About Us Archived 2 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine From official website

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