Cleveland is seventh most densely populated fire authority area in England, only the big Metropolitan Brigades are more densely populated. Cleveland shares many of the inner-city-type problems that are a key feature of the Metropolitan Brigades. The Brigade meets its challenges through the four Districts serving each of its local authority areas:
We have 14 fire stations staffed according to local risk and activity levels:
- six whole-time stations in main urban areas (Middlesbrough, Grangetown, Thornaby, Coulby Newham, Billingham and Stranton) providing cover 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.
- six retained duty system (RDS) stations in mainly rural areas (Headland, Yarm, Guisborugh, Loftus, Saltburn, Skelton) with retained/on-call staff living or working within five minutes of the station. Staff are alerted via pager to respond to any emergency night and day, 365 days per year.
- two mixed whole-time/RDS stations in urban areas (Redcar, Stockton) with a mixture of crews working whole-time and retained/on-call to provide cover 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.