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Whitehaven Fire Station

Whitehaven Fire Station
Main Street
Hensingham, Whitehaven
CA28 6XD
United Kingdom

0300 303 8623
Station type
Wholetime and On-call

Whitehaven fire station is staffed by Regular and On-call Firefighters and houses two fire engines and dduring the summer months a Unimog specially equipped to deal with wildfires.                  

Risks in the area include road traffic collisions due to the busy 'B' type roads and the busy A595 which passes through the town, other risks are associated with residential properties. Firefighters receive specialist swift water rescue training so they can deal with and respond to flooding and water rescues incidents. Other risks include open farmland and fells which brings the danger of agricultural and wildfires, in addition to other farm incidents, such as livestock rescues hence why the stations firefighters receive specialist Wildfire training.

Drill night
Tuesday 1900 hrs

About Whitehaven Fire Station

Station profile

Local stations

  • Frizington - 4 miles
  • Egremont - 5 miles
  • Workingtn - 6 miles

33,400 population

Crewing type

Wholetime and On-call


  • 2 fire engines
  • 1 unimog wildfire unit


The historic Georgian town of Whitehaven is situated on the west coast of Cumbria and centres on a newly refurbished marina, which continues to develop. Whitehaven has a population of 26,000 people with the main local employer being the British Nuclear Group at  Sellafield. The fire station, situated in Hensingham, is approximately 1.5 miles from the town centre.

Demographic and social profile of station area

Further information for this fire station is available on a number of themes at the Cumbria Intelligence Observatory, including:

  • Population 

  • Crime and Community

  • Health and Social Care

  • Housing

  • Economy and Employment

  • Environment

  • Children and Young People

Please visit www.cumbriaobservatory.org.uk and choose a fire station area for your particular theme of interest.

Risk information

The area contains:

  • 6 Grade I listed buildings and 9 Grade II listed buildings

  • 1 Special Area of Conservation; River Ehen and 2 Sites of Specific Scientific Interest

  • 4 Site Specific Risks; West Cumberland Hospital, Moorehouse Building and Civil Engineering Co, Princes Royal Building and Moor Row Recreation Ground

  • Flood Risk: The town centre of Whitehaven is in a low lying valley, with a  steep sided catchment containing numerous watercourses, most of which flow into the harbour via Pow Beck. Whitehaven suffered severe flooding on 5th November 1999, as the result of localised torrential rain. A total of 275 properties were flooded and 86 damaged as a result. During high tides, the Market Place has flooded frequently as water flowing into the harbour has backed up and surcharged road gullies in the area.

  • Coach Road floods on a regular basis, due to capacity problems with sewers and Pow Beck. Mirehouse also experiences flooding from Pow Beck and localised drainage issues. In total there are approximately 1450 people in 606 properties at risk, along with key infrastructure such as Main Copeland Borough Council Offices at Catherine Street and Electricity Sub Station