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Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service area
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
Area Hampshire
Formed 1 April 1948
HQ Leigh Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire.
Stations 53
Co-responder 14 Stations
Chief Fire Officer John Bonney
Website Hampshire FRS
Fire authority Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority.
St Mary's Fire Station in Southampton

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service for the area of Hampshire, on the south coast of England. The service's chief officer is John Bonney.[1][2]



Hampshire fire and rescue service was formed on April 4, 1948, as a result of the Fire Services Act 1947. Previously, a new law had been passed requiring all local authorities to make provision for firefighting under the Fire Brigades Act 1938. Many meetings and discussions were held prior to the services creation in 1948 by the Hampshire fire service committees, to discuss who would be appointed the role of chief fire officer and how the service would be structured. Because the FRS was expanding, the service was under increasing pressure to open a service HQ. The FRS was originally hoping to use and acquire North Hill house located in Winchester for usage as the head quarters. However the building was owned by the Admiralty at the time and therefore the service was not allowed to buy the premises. In May 1948; the admiralty gave up the premises and allowed the service to operate it. However twenty years later in 1968, the service HQ moved to a floor of Ashburton Court, as well as the control room. In 1997, Hampshire County Council lost control of the FRS, transferring responsibility to the newly formed Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority.[3]


The service operates 53 fire stations, the majority of these however are retained, but there are also whole-time and two day-manned stations. Currently there are:

  • 42 Retained stations
  • 9 Wholetime stations
  • 2 Day-manned stations[4]

First responders Stations

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service works in partnership with the South Central Ambulance Service to provide emergency medical cover to a small part of Hampshire. The 14 areas that have been identified as having a greater need for ambulance cover. The aim of a First responder team is to preserve life until the arrival of either a Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) or an ambulance. First responder vehicles are equipped with oxygen and automated external defibrillator (AED) equipment. 14 of Hampshire fire stations operating as First responders:

  • Bordon
  • Hartley Wintney
  • Liphook
  • Romsey
  • Ringwood
  • New Milton
  • Hyde
  • Horndean
  • Petersfield

See also



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