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Service Information

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue is the statutory Fire and Rescue Service for the area of South Yorkshire. We serve a population of approximately 1.29 million people.

Our mission is to keep the people of South Yorkshire safe. This includes our deployment of hundreds of firefighters, covering 22 fire stations, using dozens of specialist vehicles supported by dedicated control room and support staff employees.

We are governed by the South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority which is made up of 12 locally elected councillors. The Fire Authority publishes a constitution which sets out how the Authority operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local citizens. Some of these processes are required by the law, whilst others are a matter for the Authority to determine.

We use lots of different types of vehicles and equipment to carry out our emergency work. Most of our fire engines are supplied by Scania. We also have some other vehicles which perform some very specific functions. These include:

Small incident units– for attending smaller incidents, like grass and rubbish fires
Heavy rescue pumps– which carry specialist equipment for difficult incidents, like building collapses and animal rescues
High volume pumps– capable of pumping 8,000 litres of water a minute
Arial ladder platforms– for rescuing people and for getting water onto fires from height
Water rescue– including motorized boats and floatable walkways to deal with things like flood rescues
Command support units– these act as an operational hub at some of our larger incidents

View our full fleet list

This content was last updated on April 08th, 2015