Surrey Fire and Rescue Service employs approximately 1000 staff and looks after a population of over one million people spread across an area of 1663 square kilometres. The region features several large urban areas such as Guildford, Redhill and Woking; 64 miles of motorway; and is in close proximity to two major airports in London Gatwick and London Heathrow.
A total of 24 fire stations are strategically sited throughout the County. 17 of these are crewed on a wholetime basis, with fire engine crews available at the fire station 24 hours a day and seven are crewed on a part-time basis (i.e. the crew live and work in the near vicinity and are available on call).
Historically, fire cover was set to national standards that were defined back in the 1930s.
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