Loftus is a town situated in the east of the County of Redcar and Cleveland. Although there are references to Loftus dating back to the Doomsday Book, it grew in significance in the 18th century due to the number of ironstone mines that operated in the area. This led to a population boom and the hamlet turned into an industrial town. Feeding the local iron works at Skinningrove and the further afield industry in Middlesbrough. There are also important links back to Saxon times with a significant archaeological find in 2007 of a Saxon Princess burial.
Loftus provides fire cover to the local community and includes two industries. The major deep potash/polyhalite mine situated at Boulby on the Redcar and Cleveland/North Yorkshire county borders and the British Steel site at Skinningrove.The area also contains a mixture of small hamlets, light industry and agriculture. With rolling countryside and large cliffs overlooking the North Sea. The current population of Loftus stands at 6500.
Loftus Fire Station is staffed utilising the Retained Duty System. Local residents are also on call firefighters living within 5 minutes travel time of the station. Retained Duty Firefighters usually have other commitments in their local community and wider area, but give a commitment to respond to emergency calls when needed. Loftus station is home to a single fire appliance.