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Lofthouse  Volunteer Fire Station North Yorkshire
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No: 36006   Contributor: Pete Ashpool   Year: 2013   Manufacturer: Land Rover   Country: United Kingdom
Lofthouse Volunteer Fire Station North Yorkshire

Landrover Fire tender, carries a portable pump and hoses ect plus small equipment but no Breathing Appreatus, guess its as close to the German Fire Appliance classed has a TSF.They get quiet a few road traffic accidents on their ground they are supported by two Retained stations (the village is like a dead end and there are two roads out one towards MASHAM(Retained station) and Pattley Bridge(Retained station)
Picture added on 07 September 2013 at 08:39
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Volunteer fire stations are very few and far between in the UK, except for some remote areas of Scotland.

With all the cutbacks going on among fire services in Britain, I have always wondered why there are not more volunteer fire stations like Lofthouse.

In most countries, around 75% or more of all operational firefighters are unpaid volunteers.

The fact that such a large majority are not on the payroll means that - far from being forced to cut costs - other countries can add fire stations, instead of closing them.

I agree that this unit is rather similar to the German TSF specification, except that these now have to carry BA sets. As you may know, Germany has a long tradition of volunteer fire companies too, with over 96% of all firefighters belonging to unpaid volunteer brigades.

Added by Rob Johnson on 05 September 2018.
There is one other volunteer fire station in North Yorkshire with a Land Rover appliance, Goathland.
What other English fire services have volunteer fire stations ?

Added by Craigw on 08 September 2018.
Craig - I am told there are a few in either Devon or Cornwall too. All, including Scotland and Wales, are in remote rural areas or islands.

Although most cites and large towns in other countries have full time fire stations, many also have volunteers, even in major cities. Tokyo has over 200 as well as 80 full time stations. Berlin has 54 alongside 35 full time ones, and has recently added a new one - while Santiago with 5.5 million citizens is 100% unpaid volunteer.

Added by Rob Johnson on 11 September 2018.
Did Grassington not have a volunteer crew? Borth in Cerridigion also have a volunteer crew.

Added by Neal Glover on 11 September 2018.
Neal- Grassington are retained I believe. I mean totally unpaid volunteers .

Added by Craigw on 12 September 2018.
My information is 20 odd years old so may have changed.

Added by Neal Glover on 13 September 2018.
Currently, England has only five volunteer fire stations. They are Peterborough Volunteers (Cambridgeshire F&RS), Lofthouse and Goathland (both North Yorkshire F&RS), and Kingston (Devon) and Lundy Island (in the Bristol Channel). These two are both part of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service.

Wales has two volunteer units: Borth (North Wales F&RS), and Caldey Island (Mid & West Wales F&RS). Curiously, Caldey Island is a monastery and therefore their appliances are manned by monks!

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service has just the one volunteer station, and it can be found on Rathlin Island.

Scotland has 34 volunteer stations. They are Gordonstoun, Glenshee, Kirkmichael, Kinlock Rannock, Tiree, Coll, Iona, Bunessan, Salen, Craignure, Lismore, Appin, Kerrera, Seil, Luing, Colonsay, Jura, Port Charlotte, Port Ellen, Gigha, Carradale, Bridge of Orchy, Dalmally, Strachur, Lochgoilhead, Colintraive, Ardfern, Lochranza, Minard, Kimelford, Drummore, Blackwaterfoot, Corriecravie and Leadhills.

Added by Yelp Bullhorn on 14 September 2018.
Borth is also in Mid and West Wales area

Added by Neal Glover on 14 September 2018.
Thanks Yelp. Very helpful bit of research.

It does show than volunteerism is not completely dead in the British fire service.

Interesting too, to my mind, is my recent discovery that the most numerous fire service in the World - with over 70, 000 personnel - is the Australian RFA - and it is almost entirely volunteer.

If our Aussie cousins can do it, so can the Brits - and just think of the fire response which the country could afford if half of the 75% of the budget which is spent on payroll went away!

Let the full time stations keep their paid crews, but back them up with volunteers like Tokyo or Berlin, and pepper the small towns and country villages with volunteer stations. Its exactly what almost every other country does - and their level of fire protection is none the worse for it!

Added by Rob Johnson on 14 September 2018.
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