Address: 6 King Street, Desborough, Kettering, NN14 2RD
Station Manager: Ronnie Rochester
Watch Manager: Garry Hodgkins
Drill Night: Monday 18:30-21:30
Desborough Fire Station opened in its current location in 1975 (pictured below), having moved from its previous location on Havelock Street. The station covers an immediate area of approximately 8,200 hectares with a population in excess of 10,000 people.
The town was an industrial centre for weaving and shoemaking in the 19th century but has evolved into a modern market town with a mixture of residential properties and small businesses. The town is seeing a steady growth of residential properties to the north. Desborough Fire Station forms a cluster of stations with Rothwell and Kettering and covers a number of villages and hamlets in the north of the county.
The station is an on-call station and has five firefighters in its crew, the majority of whom are also wholetime at other stations as well. The Desborough crew have access to a Scania fire appliance and an initial intervention vehicle which is used at road traffic collisions when certain equipment is required urgently.
Desborough is situated in close proximity to the A6 and A14, both of which are arterial roads which run through the county. The crew attend a variety of incidents but predominantly rural and road traffic collisions.
In 1984 the on-call crew received a station commendation for an incident they attended without an officer in charge present. The crew of six successfully rescued a child from a terrible house fire, relying on their operational training and decision-making skills to ensure this positive outcome.
Drill night for the crew at Desborough is Tuesday between 6.30pm and 9.30pm. This is an opportunity for on-call firefighters to carry out essential training to keep their skills up to date.