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Buxton Fire station

Buxton Fire station is a wholetime fire station which also has an on-call watch and is located on the Staden Lane Industrial Park in Buxton. It predominantly responds to incidents in and around the Buxton area as well as the surrounding areas. The station currently has two fire engines (one being a 4x4 Unimog), a Water Rescue Unit, a Water Carrier, and the Forward Control Unit.

Contact Numbers

Contact Numbers

General Fire Service Enquiries: 01773 305305



Staden Lane
SK17 9RZ

District: High Peak

Duty System

Wholetime / On-Call

Wholetime Stations are staffed by wholetime personnel using a shift system of 4 watches (blue, green, red and white) operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This comprises of a 4 on 4 off work pattern of 2 day shifts (8am to 7pm) and 2 night shifts (7pm to 8am), followed by 4 days off.

On-Call Stations are staffed by Firefighters who are members of the community and are paid to respond to emergencies. They do not staff the fire station 24 hours a day like full-time firefighters on the wholetime duty system. They are notified of an emergency call via a personal pager, which they carry with them when they are on duty. On-Call Firefighters will book themselves available for fire calls and, if a call comes in during the hours they have agreed to be on call, they must reach the fire station within the allocated time usually within 5 minutes of receiving the pager message.

Most of our On-Call Firefighters are in full-time employment, with an agreement from their employers to leave to attend an emergency call and nearly all carry out their community engagement, prevention and protection duties.


Wholetime Training : Daily

On Call Training : Monday 18:30 hours

Station Key Personnel

Watch Manager

The Watch Manager is identified from the role markings shown & wears a navy blue shirt. Their primary duty, is the running of the station and the management of the staff attached to that location. They are the officer in-charge of the fire appliance & take charge of incidents that they attend.

Crew Manager

The Crew Manager is identified by the role markings shown & wears a navy blue shirt. This person assists the Watch  Manager in the delivery of their duties, which includes standing in for them in their absence.This person rides on the fire appliance as a crew member but also has the qualifications to be in charge of an incident when required.

Fire fighter

Firefighters wear a navy blue shirt but do not have any role markings. Their primary role is to undertake the general duties required for the daily running of the fire station and forms the remainder of the crew that staff the appliance attached to that particular location.

Station Appliances

Water Ladder Pump

Water Ladder Pump

Able to attend all fire service incidents. Crewed by 3-6 staff.

  • 1800 Ltr water tank
  • Godiva 2010 world series multi pressure pump or Prima multi pressure pump
  • Carries a 13.5m or 10.5m ladder , a short extension ladder, a 9m ladder and a roof ladder
  • Newer appliances carry 100 litres of foam.

Water Rescue Unit

Water Rescue Unit

The Water Rescue Units are, as the name suggests, are used for rescuing people and animals from a wide range of incidents involving water. This can be canals, fast flowing rivers, weirs, reservoirs, lakes etc. Equipment carried includes an airtrack, rescue sled and stretcher, throw lines, float lines and wading poles. It also has night vision binoculars, a mud lance and life jackets for members of the public. 

The water rescue units within DFRS have a 25 HP outboard engine powered boat capable of carrying 8 personnel. These are alternate staffed by WDS personnel and are based at Kingsway (Derby) and Buxton.

Weight of vehicle 3.5 tonnes.

Water Carrier

Water Carrier

As its name suggests a Water Carrier is used for transporting water from a source to an incident where there is no, or a limited supply of water for firefighting operations. This is most likely to be rural locations or at large fires where the mains supply is poor or does not exist. This ‘special’ carries limited firefighting equipment but is used to supplement fire appliances on scene by providing a rapid connection to the fire appliance pump to maintain effective working firefighting jets. Once it has delivered its water it can then be refilled from a hydrant or open water source thus ensuring a constant supply to the fire scene.

  • Water capacity - 9,000 litres
  • Weight of vehicle - 18 tonnes

Rural Unimog

Rural Unimog

Able to attend rural fire service incidents. Crewed by 5 staff.



Command Support Unit

The (CSU) otherwise known as the Forward Control Unit (FCU) provides Incident Commanders with support at remote areas. It carries communication equipment such as a main scheme radio and additional hand held radios and provides a focal point at incidents. It is also equipped with a ground to air radio for aerial communications with helicopters etc. and a peak park radio with a repeater fitted to enhance communications at wildfire incidents with partner agencies.

Station Stats

Incidents Attended in Station Admin Area (Any Appliance)

Incident Type

2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 Total 

House fire

24 18 26 68

Other building fire

10 8 13 31

Vehicle fire

12 12 10 34

Outdoor fire

49 39 43 131

Road traffic collision

17 19 22 58

False alarms attended

145 157 146 448

Other non-fire incident

35 52 50 137


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