The Suffolk County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services (FRES) Department is devoted to providing the best possible service to the 1.5 million residents of Suffolk County and the 10,000+ first responders who are dedicated to saving lives and protecting property. According to data released for Suffolk County Council review this week, the average response time of Suffolk Fire and Rescue in a primary fire is 11 million and 24 seconds, while the national average for all of England is 8 million 42 seconds, 2 million 42 seconds faster. In recent years, the number of firefighters on the Nassau and Suffolk lists has been around 20,000, although this is an aging membership and the number of people responding to alarms is much lower. The headquarters of the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service are located at Endeavour House, Russell Road, Ipswich.
However, there has been a growing concern that the fire service in Suffolk County has crossed a crucial threshold. In 2004, the Fire Rescue Services Act changed the name of the service to Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service to better reflect its role. In Coram, which was once little more than a wide place on a wooded rural road, volunteer firefighters organized Halloween dances and chicken barbecues to pay for the fire station's mortgage. In general, citizens and governments have adopted a hands-off approach to fire departments, aware that firefighters are active, organized and trusted members of their communities.
The Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is the legal fire and rescue service that covers Suffolk County in East Anglia, England. State law requires all departments to submit reports on the fires they are fighting, but only 45 percent of agencies in Nassau and 55 percent of agencies in Suffolk complied with them. Overall, volunteer fire agencies in Nassau and Suffolk counties cost at least three times more per resident in 2003 than the average of nine Northeastern states, and most can't answer calls as quickly as experts say they should. So what is the average number of firefighters responding to a fire in Suffolk County? The exact number varies depending on the size and severity of each blaze.
However, it is estimated that there are usually between 10-20 firefighters responding to each call.