Alston Fire Station

Alston
Alston Fire Station
Front Street
Alston
Cumbria
CA9 3SQ
 

Tel: 0300 303 8623 Monday to Friday 9 a.m to 5 p.m

Training Evening: Thursday 1900 hrs to 2100 hrs. 

Email: enquiries.fire@cumbria.gov.uk

Alston fire station is staffed by On-call Firefighters and houses one fire engine.

The risks are mainly residential; however there are a number of hotels and guest houses which cater to the tourism trade. Due to the rural nature of the area, firefighters are called to deal with fires involving grass and heath land, barns and agricultural buildings. The station also attends a number of road traffic collisions each year.

 

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 Alston Station Area 300 X 447

 Next nearest supporting Fire Engine

 Penrith - 19.5 miles 
 Lazonby - 18 miles  
 Appleby - 25 miles 

Station Area3,400 population
Crewing TypeOn-Call
Fire Engines1

Alston is said to be the highest market town in England, at about 300m above sea level. Historically the area was mined for lead, silver, zinc coal and fluorspar, these have all closed now, the last mine closed in the 1950's, although the mining history is exploited for tourism purposes. Currently the main employer is Bond Precision Products, which employs around 65 workers.

The area contains:

  • 3 Special Areas of Conservation and 7 sites of Specific Scientific Interest

  • Bond Precision Products is a Site Specific Risk

  • There is a risk of flooding posed from Townhead

Tourism is now a key source of income for the area, and also increases the towns' population, mainly within the summer months due to cyclists and walkers travelling the coast to coast route leading to increased sleeping risk. The risks are mainly residential, however there are a number of hotels and guest houses which cater to the tourism trade. Due to the rural nature of the area, firefighters are called to deal with fires involving grass and heath land, barns and agricultural buildings. The station also attends a number of road traffic collisions each year.

The table shows the number of incidents that have occurred within a nominal area assigned to the station (as shown on the map in the station profile).  This is different to the number of incidents attended by fire engines which are based at the station, as they may attend incidents outside their station area.

Fire2016/172017/182018/19
All emergencies attended151521
All Fires237
Accidental primary dwelling fires100
Secondary fires023
Chimney fires112
Deliberate primary fires000
Deliberate secondary fires000
False Alarms
All false alarms989
Special Service Calls
Non Road Traffic Collisions Special Service Calls432
Road Traffic Collisions Special Service Calls013

Response times

On-call fire engine

C22P12016/172017/182018/19
Average crew turnout time (time it takes the crew to respond to the station)4 mins 33 secs5 mins 41 secs7 mins 1 secs
Average response time (time it takes the crew to arrive at the incident from the station)8 mins 21 secs8 mins 46 secs6 mins 41 secs
Number of incidents attended by fire engine C22P1181516

Availability

On-call fire engine

 C22P1

2016/172017/182018/19

Total Availability

97%79%84%

Mon - Fri (08:00 - 18:00)

97%57%70%

Mon - Thurs (18:00 - 08:00)

100%96%98%

Fri - Mon (18:00 - 08:00)

95%81%83%

Further information for this fire station is available on a number of themes at the Cumbria Intelligence Observatory, including:

  • Population 

  • Crime and Community

  • Health and Social Care

  • Housing

  • Economy & Employment

  • Environment

  • Children & Young People

Please visit www.cumbriaobservatory.org.uk and choose a fire station area for your particular theme of interest.