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Penzance Community Fire Station

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Penzance Community Fire Station, St. Clare, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 3DX

Telephone: 01736 336580

Staff training night (on-call): Monday 7pm - 9pm

View a map of Penzance showing the location of the community fire station.

Penzance Community Fire Station is a day staffed station, with emergency response being provided by two whole time watches (Green Watch and Orange Watch) during the day between 07:00 hours and 19:00 hours, with response by on-call firefighters at night.

We welcome applications from anyone interested in becoming an on-call firefighter. All shortlisted applicants will be invited to an assessment interview (regardless of whether there is a vacancy at the station or not). Suitable applicants will be invited to the (twice yearly) assessment centres and if successful they will be placed in the Talent Pool to be selected for progression to the Approved to Ride Course as and when an appropriate vacancy at their Fire Station arises

For more information and to apply to become an on-call firefighter, please visit our Service Careers recruitment pages and/or call our Resourcing Team on 01872 323800.

View our community fire and rescue service events page for a full list of activities taking place this year across the county.

Find out how often Penzance on-call firefighters are called out to assist the Fire and Rescue Service:

We regularly invite local schools, nurseries and youth groups into the station for community safety talks as well as carrying out free home fire safety checks. 

Register for a free home fire safety check online or for more information, visit the fire safety page.

Penzance Community Fire Station have a unique resource called early learning fire safety (elfs), which is available to borrow free of charge by all early years establishments (including: nurseries, pre-schools, child minder's). You can find out more information by visiting our page on elfs and how to borrow the resource from a community fire station in Cornwall.

If you would like to enquire about arranging a visit for your playgroup or other relevant organisation, please email or telephone 0300 1234 232.

There is evidence that the citizens of Penzance had concerned themselves about fire arrangements as early as 1743, when a Fire Engine and twelve leather buckets were supplied by the Penzance Corporation at a cost of 10 shillings and 6 pence (approx £10).

The fire engine was replaced in 1774 and the Sun Insurance contributed £5 towards the cost.

The method adopted by the brigade about the mid-nineteenth century for obtaining water for fire-fighting came under severe criticism from the Inspector of Public Health, as the procedure was to let loose the water from the reservoir at the top of Causeway Head to run through the streets, it then being damned by sandbags near the fire. This method, as well as being inconvenient, caused alarm to those inhabitants who were not near the supply.

Early records show that the first motorised fire engine was provided by Mr. R.F. Bolitho in 1927, the old steam engine being given to the neighbouring fire brigade at Marazion. The Bolitho family had also shown considerable interest in Penzance Fire Brigade affairs for several years before this time. Around this time, the volunteer brigade at Penzance included serving members of the local constabulary who were required to undertake this work as part of their normal duties.

During the war, the fire service was nationalised and the Penzance Fire Brigade became part of the National Fire Service.

On the 1 April 1948, Cornwall County Fire Brigade was formed and since that time, Penzance has provided protection to the town and its surrounding area.

The station moved from the previous location at the Mennaye football ground to its present location at St. Clare on the 18 September 1976.

The area covered by Penzance Station includes St. Buryan to the west, St. Erth to the east and Long Downs to the north of Newmill.  The two satellite stations giving cover outside of Penzance's area are St. Just and St. Ives.

There are several major risks covered by the fire crews at Penzance, St. Michaels Mount and West Cornwall Hospital being two of them.

Any general enquiries should be directed to: 0300 1234 232

Or for 24 hour fire safety advice call free on: 0800 3581 999

View our information on dialling 999 in an emergency.