An introduction from the Community Safety
Manager, Geraint Hughes
Ynys Môn is often referred to as 'mam cymru' and administers an
area of 200,000 acres. It has a population of 67,000, living in
23,000 dwellings. Over half of the population speak Welsh as a
Located in the North West of Wales, Gwynedd is a rural and
mountainous area that includes the Llyn Peninsula and most of
Snowdonia. The area boasts an environment that is amongst the most
beautiful in Britain.
Gwynedd covers an area of 254,000 hectares which equates to
12.26% of the land base of Wales and the population of 117,200 is
sparsely distributed between the 9 main towns of Gwynedd and its
Ynys Môn has three main urbanised areas in Holyhead, Amlwch and
Llangefni where employers are most concentrated.
Llangefni is seen as the administrative centre for the island.
The remainder is made up of small towns and rural areas. The A55
expressway provides an excellent route across the island to and
from Holyhead linking the County to Ireland. Anglesey County Council has
successfully developed many areas to encourage growth of both
business and leisure.
Ynys Môn has approximately 130 members of staff based at seven
fire stations and the office in Llangefni. A day crewed station is
based at Holyhead which provides crews on station between 12.00pm
and 10pm daily. A retained duty system compliment, and on call
element provides additional operational support.
Retained duty system stations are based at Amlwch, Beaumaris,
Benllech, Llangefni, Menai Bridge and Rhosneigr.
These stations utilise a total of 11 pumping appliances, 3 of
which have narrow access capability. Holyhead has an Environmental
Protection Unit and provides specialist firefighting at sea
Gwynedd has approximately 240 employees based at 14 fire
stations and two area safety offices .
There are two fire stations (Bangor and Caernarfon) working the
day crewed system with additional retained duty system support, the
remainder are staffed by residents of their respective communities
working the retained duty system. There are fire stations located
at Bangor, Caernarfon, Dolgellau, Aberdyfi, Abersoch, Bala, Blaenau
Ffestiniog, Barmouth, Harlech, Llanberis, Nefyn, Porthmadog,
Pwllheli and Tywyn.
These stations utilise a total of 17 pumping appliances, 11
Special appliances providing a range of specialist equipment for
dealing with many different types of incidents from Road Traffic
Collisions to water incidents.
Legislative fire safety is serviced by a dedicated compliance
manager and three compliance officers who are located in the area
offices at Caernarfon, Llangefni and Porthmadog providing a
comprehensive service to all areas of Gwynedd and Môn.
Community Fire Safety
In line with policy North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is
committed to reducing fire deaths and injuries through fire,
particularly the young, elderly and most vulnerable.
Gwynedd and Môn have specialists who ensure compliance within
non domestic premises and advisors who are available to visit and
provide practical fire safety advice free of charge including the
fitting of FREE smoke detectors in the home. The challenge is to
carry out a home fire safety check in all 75,000 homes in Gwynedd
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is committed to partnership
working with all Local Authority, Public, Private and Voluntary
Sector bodies to further our aim to deliver our communities safe
from fire. This is through ensuring that our referral system of
providing a free home fire safety check targets our resources at
the most vulnerable first.
Partnership working is an important aspect of Community Safety
and we are involved in a number of projects with the Police,
Gwynedd and Ynys Môn Councils,
YOT and the voluntary sector which range from the Phoenix
scheme and road safety events for young persons to Home Safety
fairs for providing information to the elderly.
Joint working is considerably more effective at achieving our aim
to make our communities a safer place to live, work and visit.
The Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 provides the
statutory framework for tackling child poverty in Wales.
Section 5 of the Measure states that if the organisation has
entered into an arrangement under section 25 of the Children Act
204 with each local authority area it covers, then the duty to
publish its own strategy is discharged. North Wales Fire and Rescue
Service is an active member of the Children and Young People's
Partnership (CYPP) in all six unitary authorities.
here to view Gwynedd's CYPP strategy
here to view Anglesey's CYPP strategy
Home safety checks
For a free home safety check freephone 0800 169 1234, e mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the Community Safety Office
on 01286 662999