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East District

Steve Makepeace

Our district manager for East is Area Manager Steve Makepeace.

The East District contains both Rotherham and Doncaster.


Doncaster is a large town and the principal settlement of the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster. Doncaster has an international airport, and in recent years its centre has undergone regeneration including the development of an Education City campus, currently the largest education investment of its kind in the UK. Doncaster has also recently extended the Frenchgate Centre, a shopping centre and transport interchange.

Doncaster is a truly unique town - a cocktail of urban and rural where the delights of a modern bustling town centre are complemented by picturesque villages, historic market towns and unspoilt countryside.

According to the 2001 census, the urban sub-area of Doncaster had a population of 67,977 — together with Bentley and Armthorpe it forms an urban area with a population of 127,851. The wider metropolitan borough has a population of around 286,866.

Doncaster is covered by the following Fire stations:

  • Adwick-le-street
  • Askern
  • Doncaster
  • Edlington  
  • Rossington
  • Thorne


The town of Rotherham lies on the River Don, at its confluence with the River Rother, between Sheffield and Doncaster. Rotherham is surrounded by several smaller settlements, which together form the wider Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham. According to the 2001 Census the population of the Borough of Rotherham is 248,175, and that of the Rotherham urban sub-area 117,262.

A large part of Rotherham was hit by the floods in the summer of 2007. The floods brought huge disruption to the town, closing many of the roads, local schools, and the local transport system, as well as damaging personal and commercial property. Rotherham's neighbours Barnsley, Doncaster, and Sheffield were also badly flooded.

The nearby Ulley reservoir caused major concern for the town as the front centre section of the dam collapsed, threatening to break and release the water into nearby areas of Canklow, Catcliffe, Treeton, and Whiston, as well as a major electrical sub-station serving the city of Sheffield. South Yorkshire's fire service and police officers worked for hours with thirteen high-powered pumps to remove some of the water and lessen the pressure on the dam wall. Eventually they were able to lower the water level by several feet and reduce the immediate danger. By the summer of 2008, much of the reservoir and the surrounding country park were once again open for the public to enjoy.

Rotherham district is served by the following Fire Stations:

  • Aston Park
  • Dearne
  • Maltby
  • Rotherham