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Windermere Fire Station

Windermere Fire Station
Ellerthwaite Road
LA23 2AH
United Kingdom

0300 303 8623
Station type

Windermere fire station is staffed by On-call Firefighters and houses one fire engine and a Wildfire Land Rover.

The risks from the hotel and holiday industry increases several fold during the summer periods with visitors occupying the many hundreds of hotels and boarding houses within the area. In addition to the normal run of incidents expected in a rural area a particular challenge is presented by properties on islands. Other risks include open farmland and fells which brings the danger of agricultural and wildfires, firefighters receive specialist training to enable them to deal with wildfires.

Drill night
Wednesday 1900hrs
Westmorland & Furness

About Windermere Fire Station

Station profile

Local stations

  • Staveley - 4 miles
  • Ambleside - 6 miles
  • Kendal - 9 miles

8,100 population

Crewing type



  • 1 fire engine
  • 1 wildfire land rover


Windermere is a large village situated in the heart of the Lake District. As Windermere is a famous holiday destination the resident population increases significantly during summer periods who occupy the many hundreds of hotels and boarding houses within the area
significantly increasing the sleeping risk. Apart from the risks from the hotel and holiday industry, Lakeland Limited, which is an international company, has a large distribution and retail centre within the village which employs hundreds of people and is a multi-million pound operation.

One of the most serious fires that the station attended in recent times involved the unique Round House on Belle Isle in the middle of Lake Windermere. Over the Christmas period of 1994 a fire caused extensive damage to the property and at the height of the blaze 80 personnel were required to deal with the incident. This proved extremely challenging as all these people and equipment had to be ferried over using boats provided by the Lake Wardens in the early hours of the morning of the fire.

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:

  • 1 Heritage Site; Brockhole
  • 8 Grade I listed buildings and 19 Grade II listed buildings
  • 5 Sites of Specific Scientific Interest
  • 1 Site Specific Risk; Belle Isle House

Bowness Bay, The Glebe and Whitecross Bay are susceptible to flooding and during the recent floods of 2009 significant areas and businesses around the lake were under several feet of water. Other areas of both Windermere and Bowness suffer from flash flooding and surface water run off generally resulting in demand to pump out flooded basements and cellars.