Princes Risborough Fire Station

Princes Risborough Fire Station
New Road, Princes Risborough, Bucks, HP27 0BS

Paul Scanes Nick Chadzynski

Drill nights are held on Tuesdays, starting at 7.30pm.

Would you like to find out more about becoming a Retained Duty System (on-call) firefighter at Princes Risborough Fire Station? Contact the Station Manager

Station Manager:
Paul Scanes

Watch Manager:
Nick Chadzynski

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1 Princes Risborough's crew in 1870
2 Princes Risborough's crew circa 1948
3 Princes Risborough's crew in 2008
4 Princes Risborough's Rescue Pump
5 Princes Risborough's Water/Foam Tanker
6 The crew carrying out a road traffic collision drill
7 The crew carrying out a ladder drill

Princes Risborough sits on the western slopes of the Chilterns. The Fire Station faces the well-known landmark, Whiteleaf Cross, which dates back to at least the 1700s. The Fire Station in New Road dates back to just 1959, but there has been a station and firefighters in Princes Risborough since the 1800s.

Before 1959, it was situated in East's Yard. This site no longer exists, but for reference it was where the flats are located today off Church Street, immediately opposite the Malthouse Shopping Parade. There was a field next to East's Yard where the horses that pulled the fire pump grazed when it was not required for a call. 

Princes Risborough Fire Station is crewed by an establishment of 12 Retained Duty System staff who respond to incidents from their ‘normal’ jobs working in the local community. Each crew member carries an 'Alerter' while getting on with their everyday life. When they are on call they must be no more than five minutes away from the Fire Station.

Princes Risborough's firefighters give cover to Princes Risborough and surrounding villages including Askett, Cadsden, Horsenden, Longwick, Monks Risborough, Saunderton and Whiteleaf. Premises on their ground include schools, a private hospital, MoD sites, commercial and residential areas and several National Heritage buildings.

There are currently two appliances at Princes Risborough Fire Station. One is a Rescue Pump, call sign FJC 42P1, which arrived in 2006. This is a refurbished appliance from Great Holm Fire Station in Milton Keynes. It replaced the six-wheeled Water Tender/Tanker that was redeployed to Bletchley through Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service's strategic placement plan and later to Olney. The other is a Foam/Water Tanker, call sign FJC 42W5.

Princes Risborough Fire Station is run by Watch Manager Nick Chadzynski. He is assisted in this role by Station Manager Paul Scanes, who is Station Commander for the five standalone Retained Duty System fire stations in the south of the county.

Retained Duty System stations have their own Link Officer to help with various duties, including training. Princes Risborough's Link Officer is Station Manager Doug Gruchy.

Also, with all the community safety work the station does, it is guided by Kate Watson, Community Safety Coordinator for the Wycombe District Council area.

Members of the crew come from various backgrounds. The jobs they do when they are not working as firefighters include post operatives, machine setter, dog trainer, builder, gardener, lorry driver and hygiene technician, to name but a few.

The crew takes an active role in community safety, carrying out Home Fire Risk Checks (fitting free smoke alarms and giving fire safety advice), and static displays at fetes and shows. One of these is the annual Town Festival, which is usually the first whole week of July.

The pump and crew take part in the opening parade on the first Saturday and the street fayre on the second Saturday. On the Tuesday the Fire Station puts on an open drill night for the community, carrying out ladder drills and a road traffic collision drill and well as showing people the fire appliances and providing refreshments.

Retained Duty System crews are called on to attend the same range of incidents as their wholetime counterparts at any time of day or night. In return they are paid a retaining fee along with an additional payment for every incident attended. They are also required to attend a training night for two hours every week - Princes Risborough's drill night is on a Tuesday.

If you do not live near a Fire Station but you work near one, you could still be eligible to be a Retained Duty System firefighter. If your employer is flexible, you could give day cover which could be of valuable use.

Princes Risborough's crew forms an integral part of the fire cover provided by Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service throughout Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. To this end the crew can, if required, attend incidents throughout the county.

It is not uncommon for Princes Risborough's crew to assist with incidents in neighbouring counties. The most notable instance to date was the large fire at the Buncefield Oil Terminal in Hemel Hempstead which occurred in December 2005. The Foam Tanker was one of the first of such vehicles to assist Hertfordshire crews that day.