Surrey Fire and Rescue Service looks after approximately 1.18 million people spread across approximately 1,676 square kilometres in a county that includes several large urban areas such as Guildford, Redhill and Woking. Surrey has some 103 kilometres of motorway, there are two major airports nearby and there are more than 1000 sites identified as posing high risk throughout the county.
As well as providing an emergency response service to the people of Surrey, we focus our efforts on education – raising awareness amongst the most vulnerable people in order to reduce suffering caused by fires, road traffic collisions and other emergencies.
Surrey's firefighters are trained to deal with a range of emergency situations, not just fires and road traffic collisions. These activities include working with other agencies to respond to widespread flooding and other water rescue incidents or dealing with emergencies that may involve hazardous materials. We also provide information and advice on community issues affecting public safety as well as enforcing fire safety legislation. We aim to work in a more collaborative way in the future to deal with emergencies and make Surrey a safer place to live, visit and do business.
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service's Chief Officers Group (COG) consists of an Assistant Chief Fire Officer and the Head of Intelligence and Mobilising who are responsible for delivering defined areas working with Area Commanders. COG meetings are regularly attended by other Senior Fire Officers and Finance representatives as required according to the agenda. The COG is headed by the Chief Fire Officer, who retains overall accountability.