Penrith Fire Station

Penrith HQ
Penrith Community Fire Station
Carleton Avenue 
CA10 2FA

Tel: 0300 303 8623 Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Training Evening: Tuesday 1830 hrs to 2030 hrs.



Penrith fire station is staffed by Regular and On-call Firefighters and houses two fire engines, one Prime Mover with Environmental Protection Unit (EPU), one Water Bowser (also used as a training vehicle) and one Enhanced Logistical Support vehicle (ELS).

The station also provides cover to a large remote rural area covering approximately 37,500 hectares. Penrith is situated at the crossroads of the M6 and the A66 so deals with a number of road traffic collisions.They also attend agricultural fires such as barn fires and livestock rescues. The station's firefighters also receive specialist water rescue training.

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Penrith Station Area 300 X 447

  Next nearest supporting Fire Engine

  Lazonby - 8 miles 
  Shap - 10 miles  
  Appleby - 13 miles 

Station Area24,400 population
Crewing Type

Day Crewed (9am to 5pm)  and On-Call

Fire Engines

2 fire engines, 1 water bowser, 1 National Resilience Enhanced Logistics Vehicle, 1 Environmental Protection Unit, Breathing Apparatus Support Vehicle, 1 Joint Incident Control Unit and 1Training Appliance

Penrith has a rich history. It was in the 9th and 10th century that the town became the capital of Cumbria, a semi-dependant state which until 1070 AD formed part of the Kingdom of Scotland and Strathclyde. The two oldest streets, Burrowgate and Sandgate, date from the 13th Century and there are additional significant heritage buildings within the station area.


The area contains:

  • 7 Heritage Sites, 19 Grade II listed buildings and over 70 Grade I listed buildings

  • The River Eden is a Special Area of Conservation, and there are 14 Sites of Specific Scientific Interest

  • There are 4 Site Specific Risks; Ullswater Pumping Station, Omega Proteins (Wildriggs), Carrs Billington Agriculture and Rheged

Flood Risk:

  • The River Eamont at Eamont Bridge has caused flooding in recent years: 1968, 1985, 1995, 2005 and 2009 are examples of some of the worst occasions. The Eamont catchment covers an area of approximately 230Km2 and its main tributaries are the River Lowther, Dacre Beck and Thacka Beck. Average annual rainfall is high over most of the catchment ranging from 270mm in the South West to 800mm in the North East. Flooding in the Eamonth Bridge area is mainly due to the River Eamonth outflow from Ullswater but Dacre Beck, which joins the Eamont upstream of the Eamont Bridge Flood Warning area, can often have a significant influence during flood events. There are approximately 90 properties at risk, including Southwaite Green Mill Caravan Park. 

  • Penrith Station is also the first to respond to flood risk again arising from the river Eden, at Armathwaite. The Armathwaite Flood Warning Area covers approximately 0.0015Km2 and consists of isolated properties, roads and high quality agricultural land from Langwathby to Armathwaite. There are approximately 32 properties at risk, including Armathwaite Castle. Major flooding to the area has occurred in 1822, 1856, 1925, 1968, 1972, 2005 and 2009.

  • The centre of Penrith flooded in 2003 and again in 2006 as a result of localised heavy rainfall over the Thacka Beck catchment (M6 corridor between J40-41). It affected the businesses on Middlegate, particularly those close to Burrowgate.

The risks within the town are both residential and commercial and with major roads being major arterial ways for the County, and ever increasing number of road traffic collisions are now being attended.

The table shows the number of incidents that have occurred within a nominal area assigned to the station (as shown on the map in the station profile).  This is different to the number of incidents attended by fire engines which are based at the station, as they may attend incidents outside their station area.

All emergencies attended207167169
All Fires684344
Accidental primary dwelling fires1198
Secondary fires91214
Chimney fires19105
Deliberate primary fires015
Deliberate secondary fires1334
False Alarms
All false alarms1128384
Special Service Calls
Non Road Traffic Collisions Special Service Calls92125
Road Traffic Collisions Special Service Calls192016

Response times

Day Crewed Fire Engine

Fire Engine C27P12017/182018/192019/20
Average crew turnout time (time it takes the crew to respond to the station)3 mins 47 secs3 mins 47 secs3 mins 37 secs
Average response time (time it takes the crew to arrive at the incident from the station)10 mins 55 secs10 mins 8 secs10 mins 4 secs
Number of incidents attended by fire engine C27P1288244242

On-call Fire Engine

Fire Engine C27P22017/182018/192019/20
Average crew turnout time (time it takes the crew to respond to the station)6 mins 3 secs6 mins 18 secs4 mins 24 secs
Average response time (time it takes the crew to arrive at the incident from the station)10 mins 44 secs12 mins 18 secs12 mins 36 secs
Number of incidents attended by fire engine C27P21027778


Day Crewed Fire Engine

 Fire Engine C27P12017/182018/192019/20
Total Availability100%100%100%
Mon - Fri (08:00 - 18:00)100%100%100%
Mon - Thurs (18:00 - 08:00)100%100%100%
Fri - Mon (18:00 - 08:00)100%



On-call Fire Engine

Fire Engine C27P22017/182018/192019/20
Total Availability93%84%90%
Mon - Fri (08:00 - 18:00)94%89%89%
Mon - Thurs (18:00 - 08:00)97%73%98%
Fri - Mon (18:00 - 08:00)89%



Further information for this fire station is available on a number of themes at the Cumbria Intelligence Observatory, including:

  • Population 

  • Crime and Community

  • Health and Social Care

  • Housing

  • Economy and Employment

  • Environment

  • Children and Young People

Please visit and choose a fire station area for your particular theme of interest.