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Surrey’s first female firefighter retires after 30 years

Paula Hartwell joined Surrey Fire and Rescue Service in January 1993 as the services first female firefighter, and after 30 years she’s hanging up her helmet. Since joining the service as a firefighter at Chertsey Fire Station, Paula went on to become a Leading Firefighter, followed by a Watch Commander in fire stations as well … Continue reading

Improving fire and rescue service culture

London Fire Brigade’s Independent Culture Review, chaired by Nazir Afzal OBE, has been published which has found a ‘culture of racism and misogyny’ in the Brigade. We would like to thank all those who took part in it for their honesty and courage in sharing their experiences. As a service we acknowledge the report and … Continue reading

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service and Surrey Police team up to promote road safety through football

On Friday 4 November Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s football team played host to Surrey Police, with the shared goal of improving road safety during the winter period. The fixture was planned to highlight the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and general road safety during the winter period. Those in … Continue reading

Surrey announces new Chief Fire Officer

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service have appointed Dan Quin as their new permanent Chief Fire Officer. Dan has been acting-up as Chief Fire Officer since June 2022, prior to that he was the county’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer since October 2019. He has served his whole career within Surrey Fire and Rescue Service since joining … Continue reading

Safe Drive Stay Alive Makes Live Return

Safe Drive Stay Alive returns to Dorking Halls next month, for its first live performances in three years. The live show has been performed in front of 190,000 young people between the ages of 16-19 since its inception in 2005 and is an emotionally engaging and thought-provoking education production, coordinated by Surrey Fire and Rescue … Continue reading

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service show support for menstrual dignity

On Tuesday 11 October Surrey Fire and Rescue Service lit up Guildford Fire Station in a show of support for Binti, an international menstrual dignity charity based in Surrey. The service will be looking to supplement Surrey County Council’s ground-breaking initiative, as the first UK council to provide free period products across the county and … Continue reading

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service donates another vehicle to Ukraine

Two Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) staff members set off to Poland yesterday (Thursday 6 October) to donate another 4×4 Land Rover to the Ukrainian Fire and Rescue Service. This donation is part of the National Fire Chief Council and UK charity FIREAID’s convoy 4. Convoy 3, which was delivered in May this year, … Continue reading

16 new firefighters join Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

Yesterday (Sunday 7 August), Surrey Fire and Rescue Service welcomed 16 new firefighters at a pass out parade. The firefighters will be based at a Haslemere, Banstead, Walton, Egham, Camberley, Dorking, Godstone, Fordbridge, Guildford, Esher, Woking and Leatherhead Fire Stations. The group were presented their certificates and welcomed to the service by the Service’s Chief … Continue reading

Fire, Police and MOD partners ‘water bomb’ Hankley Common wildfire

Yesterday (Wednesday 27 July) Surrey Fire and Rescue Service received support in the form of water bombing, provided by the Ministry of Defence. An Airbourne Solutions Eurocopter AS350 helicopter made numerous trips from Frensham Pond to Hankley Common yesterday in a bid to help the service mitigate the spread of the fire. Yesterday marked day … Continue reading

Fordbridge Veterans Hub Celebrates One-Year Anniversary        

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service staff joined the Veterans to celebrate Fordbridge Veterans Hub’s one-year anniversary, enjoying refreshments, reminiscing and listening to speeches from invited guests including the Mayor of Spelthorne. The Fordbridge Hub was formed by the North Surrey Armed Forces Partnership and was the second of its kind to be hosted by the … Continue reading

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service donates two vehicles to Ukraine

Six Surrey Fire and Rescue Service staff members set off to Poland today (Tuesday 3 May) to donate two 4×4 Landrover vehicles to the Ukrainian Fire and Rescue Service. The vehicles, which have been decommissioned by the service, are typically used for off-road/rural firefighting, however during COVID they were used to deliver PPE around the … Continue reading

Surrey welcomes 30 new firefighters and Fire Dog Suki and kicks off Platinum Jubilee celebrations!

Yesterday (Sunday 24 April), Surrey Fire and Rescue Service welcomed 30 new firefighters and Fire Investigation Dog Suki, at a pass out parade in Reigate. The firefighters will be based at a 15 Surrey fire stations, including: Fordbridge, Leatherhead, Guildford, Esher, Woking, Camberley, Epsom, Godstone, Egham, Walton, Dorking, Banstead, Godlaming, Oxted and Haslemere. Suki, a … Continue reading

Joint Service Leadership Team and Fire Officers Association Communication – Unofficial Surrey Fire and Rescue Service Facebook Accounts

There are a number of pages on Facebook which claim to either represent Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) or the views of fire and rescue trade unions. These sites have launched attacks on members of SFRS staff – both senior managers and frontline colleagues. We strongly deny any association with these pages, they do … Continue reading

UK’s first firefighter wearing a bone anchored hearing aid joins Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s On-call Trainee Firefighter Dave Newman is the UK’s first bone anchored hearing aid wearing firefighter. Dave is currently taking part in a modular firefighter training course. He has been supported through some high-risk exercises this week to ensure he, and many others like him, can fulfil their dreams of becoming … Continue reading

Inspection report shows Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is in “much better shape”

A new report, published today (Wednesday 15 December 2021), shows improvements have been made to Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS). The report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) showed an improvement in six out of the 11 categories assessed – five of which have been rated as ‘good’. … Continue reading

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