Retford Fire Station is part of the Service's North Group – which also includes neighbouring stations such as Warsop, Worksop, Harworth and Misterton. The station, and the staff that work there, serves the communities of Retford and the surrounding areas within the Bassetlaw District.
The station is crewed 24/7 on a four shift basis. Each shift is called a Watch, identified as Red, Green, White and Blue. There are 28 Wholetime personnel and up to 20 Retained personnel permanently stationed at Retford. Five Wholetime personnel are on duty at any one time, who crew the first appliance. The second appliance is crewed by the Retained personnel, who live locally and respond to incidents as they occur. There is also a Station Manager who has responsibility for overseeing the Bassetlaw District.
The fire appliances at Retford Fire Station are equipped to respond to all of the types of incidents to which NFRS responds. Primarily, these include fires and road traffic collisions, but other incidents can be flooding, incidents involving hazardous materials, water rescues and working at height / rescues from height.
The new station in Retford was built in 2014, on the same site as the original station which was built in the 1950s. It has modern facilities to enable practical and theoretical training for the personnel based there, along with a gym to enable personnel to maintain fitness levels. The practical training facility includes a training building for use by the North Group stations, a large detached house of two storeys, which can be modified into two semi-detached properties, along with a training tower of four floors and a roof space in the house containing confined space rat run. Built behind the house is a sewer, to enable simulated rescues of this nature.
Personnel routinely engage with the community to raise awareness in safety. Most often this is through visiting members of the public in their home to carry out a Home Safety Check and deliver fire safety advice relevant to their personal circumstances. Personnel also attend community events, fetes, or participate with local schools and community groups, engaging to educate and raise awareness of fire safety and community safety issues with the public. Other specific areas include road safety and water safety.
The retained staff at Retford meet once a week to carry out a variety of training to ensure they are ready should they ever be needed.