Address: 8 Tresham St, Rothwell, Kettering NN14 6ES
Station Manager: Chris Spokes
CRG Watch Manager: Justin Abbott
Drill Night: Monday 18:30-21:30
Rothwell Fire Station and its on-call crew are at the centre of community activity and play a key role in supporting the town of Rothwell.
The current station was built in the 1980s, replacing the station that was previously located on School Lane.
The on-call station provides emergency service cover part-time to Rothwell, Desborough, Kettering and the surrounding villages and hamlets. The station also participates in joint training exercises with these other fire stations.
The small market town used to be one of the biggest towns in the county, but has been overtaken by developments elsewhere. Rothwell has a mix of residential properties and a variety of small businesses, along with three schools. The town is seeing some growth with housing developments in the pipeline.
Rothwell has a Scania fire appliance as its main vehicle and an Initial Intervention Vehicle which attends road traffic collisions and supports the on-call crew to other incidents.
The on-call crew consists of 10 local residents who operate part-time responding to pagers which sound when an incident is reported. On-call crew members all live within eight minutes of the fire station so know the area very well, respond quickly to emergencies and have good relationships with local people and businesses.
Rothwell crews attend a wide variety of incidents in urban and rural areas, with a higher number of road traffic collisions due to the proximity of arterial roads in the county.
Every year the station carries out a very successful Halloween Light Tower event, inviting members of the public to bring their own pumpkins along to help light out the drill tower in the station yard – and raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity in the process.
The additional community work by the crews was recognised at the Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service annual awards in 2021, where they received the Chief’s Community Award from then Chief Fire Officer Darren Dovey.