Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade
In the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
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 and Republic of Ireland
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, the use of retained firefighters (who are part-time, but are paid when on duty) rather than volunteers is standard. The Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade, formed in 1884, is the only one of its kind remaining. Nowadays it effectively functions as a retained fire station, except that its members provide their services unpaid.

The Peterborough
Peterborough is a cathedral city and unitary authority area in the East of England, with an estimated population of in June 2007. For ceremonial purposes it is in the county of Cambridgeshire. Situated north of London, the city stands on the River Nene which flows into the North Sea...

 Volunteer Fire Brigade operates as a private fire brigade under a special contract with the fire authority
Fire Authority
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 and as such falls under the jurisdiction of the county chief fire officer, responding to calls as directed by the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service for the non-metropolitan county of Cambridgeshire and the unitary authority of Peterborough....

. Cambridgeshire
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 FRS also operate two wholetime and one retained fire station in Peterborough.

To mark it's centenary in 1984, the Brigade received the council's highest accolade, the freedom of the city.

See also

  • Fire service in the United Kingdom
    Fire service in the United Kingdom
    The fire services in the United Kingdom operate under separate legislative and administrative arrangements in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales...

  • History of fire brigades in the United Kingdom
    History of fire brigades in the United Kingdom
    The history of fire brigades in the United Kingdom is complex due to many re-organisations having taken place.The first fire engines and crews were provided by voluntary bodies, parish authorities or insurance companies. James Braidwood founded the world's first municipal fire service in Edinburgh...

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