The Gibraltar Fire and Rescue Service
On the 20th November 2014 the Fire Service Amendment Act was passed in the Gibraltar Parliament. The purpose of the Act was to amend the nomenclature of the Fire Service Act and thus change the name of the organisation to the Gibraltar Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) and made the corresponding and consequential amendments throughout the Act. It also amended and updated the description of the ranks in the Service. Furthermore there were amendments to the penalties that may be imposed which were amended by including references to the standard scale of fines in place of monetary values.
The Fire Service Ordinance 1976
On the 16th June 1976 the Fire Service Ordinance, was passed in the Gibraltar House of Assembly (now Gibraltar Parliament). The Ordinance (now Act) set out the constitution, duites and powers of the Gibraltar Fire Service;
“There shall be a fire brigade, to be called the City Fire Brigade, for the purpose of protecting life and property in case of fire or other calamity and of extinguishing fires endangering life and property within Gibraltar.”
The GFRS consists of a single Headquarters station situated outside the City Centre at Grand Parade adjacent to the Cable Car station and the entrance to the Botanic Gardens. Its furthest point of response is seven minutes away. We are self-sufficient having our own Mechanical Workshop, Rescue Equipment maintenance section, Breathing Apparatus and Fire Simulator.
Since 2000 the GFRS also mobilise the Emergency Ambulance service for the Gibraltar Health Authority and provide a fully equipped and manned Emergency Ambulance. Emergency calls are received at our Control on telephone number 190 or the GSM mobile telephone service international emergency number 112.
New Firefighters undergo 2 months Recruit training at the Fire Service College Moreton-in-Marsh, or at Severn Park Fire & Rescue Training Centre, Bristol, England. Operational Officer development and instructor courses and Fire Safety and Fire Investigation training are also carried out at the Fire Service College.
Training courses in specialist fields such as Ship Fire Fighting, Road Traffic Incidents, Cliff and Mountain Rescue, Urban Search and Rescue, HAZMAT etc., are carried out at the Fire Service College and other accredited centres in the U.K., Divers are trained by our own BSAC instructors and ambulance First Responder training is carried out under the supervision of the Gibraltar Health Authority.
HQ and Administration
The GFRS Administration Division is composed of the Headquarters and Administration staff within the Headquarters building.
It is comprised of the following personnel who provide logistic and administrative support to the Operational Department;
The Chief Fire Officer
Deputy Chief Fire Officer
Divisional Officer – Operations and Training
1 Leading Fire Control Officer, 7 F.C.O.s ( FCO Page )
1 Leading Mechanic. M/T Workshop ( MT Workshop Page )
4 Civilian clerical staff
- 11 Nov 2019Fire Service Mechanic attends Servicing course in Holland
- 07 Nov 2019Fire Service personnel attend Hazardous Materials Course
- 18 Oct 2019GFRS Personnel Receive Their Overseas Territories 18 Year Good Conduct and Long Service Medals.
- 27 Sep 2019GFRS Fire Fighter Matt Coulthard Awarded Gibraltar Coin For His Endeavours At The British Fire Fighter Challenge
- 26 Sep 2019Breathing Apparatus Maintenance Course
- Fire Station 8 Grand Parade, Gibraltar GX11 1AA
- Fire and Ambulance Emergency 190