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Volunteer fire brigade

In addition to the firefighters of the whole-time Fire and Rescue Service there are 500 members of the volunteer fire brigade ready to provide rapid assistance in all kinds of emergencies.

The 19 response units are alerted to the incidents on their station ground to support the whole-time Fire and Rescue Service (depending on the level of alert) and they respond to large incidents all over the town. They also carry out specialist roles (e.g. HAZMAT-Defence, communications, setting up casualty handling areas, catering for operational units, flood control, lightning). During protracted incidents some volunteer units will provide cover at whole-time fire stations.