Address: 57 Byfield Road, Woodford Halse, Daventry, NN11 3QR
Station Manager: Chris Bridgewater
CRG Watch Manager: Ryan Chambers
Woodford Halse Fire Station is one of the more rural stations in the west of the county. 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.
Woodford Halse sits within the parish of Woodford-cum-Membris with a population of around 3,600. The parish encompasses Woodford Halse, Hinton and the hamlet of West Farndon. The village is an amalgamation of two historical villages, Woodford Halse and Hinton and was a railway town in miniature for many years. Now, it is a popular commuter community with three large housing estates and modern conveniences, including shops, local schools and restaurants. It sits equidistant between the M1 and M40.
The area is predominantly rural, and includes historical, commercial and domestic premises, along with major road infrastructures such as the nearby A361 and local water risks. Historical sites include, Canons Ashby House, a Grade I listed Elizabethan manor house which has a significant history in the county, along with Canons Ashby Lakes, Boddington Reservoir and local businesses.
Woodford Halse 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 Woodford Halse carry out a number of activities throughout the year, including community engagement, Home Fire Safety Checks and assisting with Fire Prevention campaigns.
The Station is also utilised by the local community policing team, who share the facilities in order to jointly protect the community.
The Crew train every Wednesday night between 18:30 and 21:30 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. The on-call crew work in conjunction with Daventry on-call section, often sharing training evenings and completing exercises jointly with partner agencies.