Fire Rescue

  • UK-first for Durham as emergency services join forces

    Emergency services in Durham will become the first in the UK to join forces in a unique collaboration to improve the lives of people with dementia.

    On Monday 31 July, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, Durham Police and North East Ambulance Service came together to sign a document pledging support for the new initiative.

    The Strategic Commitment on Dementia will see all three services backing a series of measures including…

  • Firefighters have been commended for their actions in helping a man in cardiac arrest

    On the evening of June 19th crews from Consett were called to reports of a man not breathing as part of the Emergency Medical Response Service (EMR) provided by our service.

    On arrival the crew discovered the man was in cardiac arrest and immediately got to work with an aspirator to clear the man’s airways.

    The crew did chest compressions and used the defibrillator and oxygen equipment to successfully regain a pulse in the patient.

    This allowed the paramedics to deal with the more technical medical treatment when they arrived.

  • On-call firefighter recruitment

    Recruitment opens 21 August 2017

    If you live within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station and want to make a difference to people’s lives and your community, this could be the role for you.

    Why not come along to one of our recruitment events for further information. [ Visit our careers page for additional information ]


    We're recruiting for the following areas:

  • We're seeking our next Fire Dog

    As Scrappy our lovely fire dog is planning on hanging up his fire boots to retire next summer, we thought we best start the search for our new fire hunter.

    Our fire dog is involved in the investigation of fires by sniffing out those substances used to start fires and as such is a vital member of the team here at County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service.

    Although we are looking at dog kennels and rescue centres we thought we would ask if anyone has a dog they would like to donate to the service to be the next fire hunter.

    We are looking for:

  • The new home of four emergency services has opened its doors in Barnard Castle

    The building known as Barnard Castle Emergency Services building, is shared between County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS), Durham Constabulary, North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) and Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team.

    The build began on Wilson Street at the site of the old fire station, in February 2016 with CDDFRS moving in on 10th March 2017.  They were closely followed by the others who were all moved in by the end of April.

  • Product recall and fire safety advice in relation to Beko and Blomberg condensing tumble dryers

    Fire risk alert issued over Beko tumble dryers:

    Beko has issued a safety alert about the fire risks of 3,450 of its condenser tumble dryers. The affected models are DCU9330W, DCU9330R, DCU8230, TKF8439A, and DSC85W (see image attached).

    They were manufactured five years ago, but owners are being told to stop using them immediately.

  • New defibrillator at Barnard Castle

    A new life saving piece of equipment is now in place at our joint emergency service station at Barnard Castle, thanks to GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
    A donation made by GSK, a pharmaceutical company based in Barnard Castle, has funded the purchase of a new automated external defibrillator.
    This portable device is especially designed to enable people with little or no medical background to administer first aid to a person whose suffered a cardiac arrest.
    It is thought access to a defibrillator could increase the survival rate from 10% to 60-80%.

  • CDDFRS has this week welcomed it’s first ever apprentice fire fighters

    The ten apprentices began work on Tuesday starting on an intensive two-year firefighter and business fire safety programme aimed at preparing them to be firefighters of the future.

    The five male and five female apprentices, who are aged between 17 and 25, will spend the first 12 months of their apprenticeship based at fire headquarters in Belmont where they will be attached to every department learning how the organisation works.

    In year two, they will each spend time at different fire stations and watches across the service area learning the role of a firefighter.  

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