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From North Lincolnshire

As the Community Protection Unit Manager (CPU) and a resident of North Lincolnshire I am tasked with ensuring that the resources and teams provided by Humberside Fire authority are managed as effectively as possible and to ensure the people, who work, live or visit our area of outstanding beauty are as safe as possible in their daily lives.

The North Lincolnshire area profile reflects a diverse rural, urban and cultural environment surrounded by rich agricultural land that has always provided a living for its population. Associated risks extend from historic Old Towns to numerous mixed industries including general fabrication, medium factory units and chemical plants. These key industries, vital to the UK economy are capable of annually producing thousands of tons of flammable and toxic chemicals. There is also the impressive industrial giant of TATA steel that is central to the UK steel sector and has major influences worldwide. As such, North Lincolnshire requires an emergency response model that befits a complex and diverse environment.

To ensure the delivery of an effective emergency response North Lincolnshire, the Community Protection Unit (NLCPU) provides a 24 hour emergency response model utilising 6 on-call stations, a fulltime station at Immingham (Rosper Road) and a mixed fulltime/oncall station at Scunthorpe (currently one of the largest Fire Stations in the UK).

My firefighters and staff in NLCPU are committed entirely to the safer communities, safer firefighters philosophy of the Humberside Fire & Rescue Service. The team consists of 3 wings with the primary functions of prevention, protection and response, supported by a dedicated management team that I lead from NLCPU Headquarters at Laneham Street in Scunthorpe.

This year alone we have successfully responded to large animal rescues, persons stuck in mud/ice, water rescue, rescues from burning buildings, multiple road traffic collisions, assisted bariatric people and provided an international conference of flood response to name but a few of our successes. We have made many rescues from danger and saved a number of lives and property and will continue to do so as part of our commitment to the County. As such NLCPU is a key safeguard in the protection of the local economy and the lives of the people who reside and work here.

Although we exist to react swiftly when things go wrong, it is vitally important to recognise the work of the protection and prevention teams. They work very hard to reduce the number of occasions when response teams are needed and also create an environment to allow people to escape quickly and safely. This includes working directly with community groups, health partners and the council to assist vulnerable people and ensure people are educated to prevent fire or accidents. We also ensure that our many public buildings such as hotels, concert halls and care homes are safe for use and inhabitation.

The fulltime firefighters are dedicated to the safety of people in North Lincolnshire. We will ensure that we are as professional as possible and inclusive to everyone in the area. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is an issue we can assist with or if you recognise an area of risk to the community which we can mitigate. Prevention really is the key!

Paul McCourt – CPU manager


Population 167,516

Size of Area 345 square miles

Personnel: 185

Fire Appliances: 14

32: Fires Put-out (stats from Feb 13)

94: Incidents Attended (stats from Feb 13)

Fire stations in this CPU


Barton Fire Station serves Barton and the surrounding area, it is crewed by on-call firefighters. The area is bordered to the North of the River Humber and is the site of the south part of the Humber Bridge. There is some industry in the area as well as many rural villages and the A15 dual carriageway.

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Brigg Fire Station, established in 1973, is crewed by on-call firefighters. It serves the market town and the surrounding areas. The M180 motorway cuts through this station area as do several rivers and drains.

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Crowle Fire Station, established in 1963, is crewed by on-call firefighters and it serves the town and the surrounding areas. The area is mainly rural with villages and associated road network. Part of Crowle’s border is where the River Humber flows into the River Trent.

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Epworth Fire Station, established in 1956, serves the town and surrounding areas. It is crewed by on-call firefighters. The area is rural with villages associated road networks. The M180 passes through the station area as do various drains and rivers. The eastern border of this station is made by the River Trent.

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Immingham West

Immingham West Fire Station, established in 2000, is crewed by fulltime firefighters. It serves Immingham and the surrounding areas. The area does have housing but is predominately heavy industrial. It is the location of the Lindsey Oil Refinery and also Humberside Airport. Part of Immingham Docks and Port are situated in the station area and the A180 dual carriageway cuts through it.

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Kirton in Lindsey

Kirton in Lindsay Fire Station, established in 1965, is crewed by on-call firefighters. It is the southernmost fire station in the Humberside area and it serves Kirton in Lindsay and the surrounding area. The area is rural with villages and associated road networks. The A15 dual carriageway cuts through this station area.

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Scunthorpe Fire Station, established in 1963, is also the North Lincolnshire CPU headquarters. It is crewed by fulltime firefighters. The station covers Scunthorpe and surrouding villages and has TATA Steel within its station area. There are several housing estates in the area as well as a large amount of industry and various open sources of water. The station area also covers a stretch of the M180 motorway. Scunthorpe Hospital is located within the staiton area.

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Winterton Fire Station, established in 1953, is crewed by on-call firefighters it serves the north Lincolnshire town and the surrounding area.

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  • Feb

    Bogus caller alert

    Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has had reports of companies receiving bogus calls from people pretending to be associated with the Fire Service, trying to sell them advertising space in publications.
  • Feb

    Residents urged to cook safely

    In a bid to reduce cooking related fires, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to think about safety in the kitchen. Cooking fires are the most common cause of house fires in the Humberside area and throughout January 2013 crews attended 34 house fires,over half of which were cooking related.
  • Feb

    Humberside Fire and Rescue Service asks community to nominate their local hero

    Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is asking members of the public to nominate their local hero. The winner will be chosen by public vote and will be honoured at the Service’s fifth annual Community Awards on Thursday 26 September.


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North Lincolnshire CPU
Laneham Street
DN15 6JP

Tel. 01724 295920

To enable us to assess the dwelling risk within our communities, our area is divided into 41 groupings of around 20,000 residents; we call these ‘risk regions’ and there are 41 such risk regions within our Service area, varying in geographical size. The dwelling risk rating is based upon the casualty and fatality rate per head of population, within each risk region.

Our Response Standards tell you how quickly we will have a fire engine in attendance at an incident. They are based on domestic risk areas, assessed as high, medium or low risk.

Two fire engines will be mobilised to dwelling fires and Road Traffic Collisions. The first will be in attendance within the following times, on a minimum of 90% of occasions.

• High Risk Area 8 Minutes
• Medium Risk Area 12 Minutes
• Low Risk Area 20 Minutes
• Road Traffic Collision in any Risk Area 15 Minutes

The second fire engine mobilised to a dwelling fire or a Road Traffic Collision will be in attendance within 5 minutes of the first fire engine arriving at the incident, on a minimum 80% of occasions. We are proud to say that, despite the standards we set for attending incidents across the service area being some of the most challenging in Great Britain, we consistently exceed our response targets.

North Lincs Risk Map

Risk Area Risk Rating
Axholme Low
Barton Low
Brumby Medium
Crosby Medium
Hibaldstow Low
Immingham (NL/NEL) Low
Scunthorpe Low
Winterton Low

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