Address: Pells Close, Guilsborough, NN6 8QR
Station Manager: Chris Bridgewater
Drill Night: Monday 19:00-21:00
Guilsborough Fire Station is a rural station in the west of the county opened in 1948.
The village of Guilsborough is located in the north of the county, close to the border with Leicestershire. The village has a population of around 700 people and boasts a rural position between Northampton and Market Harborough.
The road network is mainly country lanes with both the A14 and M1 nearby. Five bodies of water can also be found in the local area including Hollowell and Ravensthorpe Reservoirs, both of which pose potential risk to the public.
It is an on-call station, with firefighters working part-time, responding to incidents by pager as and when they occur. On-call firefighters are required to live within eight minutes response time of the station, this ensures that not only can they respond quickly to an incident, but that they are also part of the community, understanding the local area, the businesses and the community well.
The crew train every Monday night between 19:00 and 21:00 and use these evenings to practice life-saving skills and plan community activity. The firefighters are also required to attend periodic training events and assessments at specific NFRS venues to ensure competency is being maintained.
Guilsborough Fire Station has one fire appliance available to the on-call crew, along with the capability for community first responding to medical emergencies. Incident types attended include, road traffic collisions, domestic and commercial fires and assisting specialist crews with water incidents and animal rescues.
Crews at Guilsborough carry out a number of activities throughout the year, including community engagement, Home Fire Safety Checks and assisting with Fire Prevention campaigns.
The crew are active in their community with one of their main local events being the Holloway Steam Rally and Heavy Horse Show. This event is held in July every year and attracts around 60,000 visitors and around 1,500 exhibitors to the region.
The Station is also utilised by the local community policing team, who share the facilities in order to jointly protect the community.