About Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

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Map of the Tyne and Wear Local Authority areas
A map of the five local authority areas of Tyne and Wear

We serves a resident population of 1.104 million divided amongst the five constituent councils:


Read the section on our relationship with other Authorities

Our population density is comparable to other Metropolitan areas (Greater Manchester, Merseyside, South Yorkshire, West Midlands and West Yorkshire). It accounts for 43% of the North East’s population in just six percent of the total land area.  

Our area covers 334 square miles and borders with County Durham in the south and Northumberland to the north. By road, Tyne & Wear is 280 miles from London and 108 miles from Edinburgh. 

Of the 1.104 million people in the area, 4.14%of those over the age of 3 years (44,000) would classify themselves as having an ethnic origin with primary languages including Bengali, Cantonese, French, Farsi, Hindi, Kurdish, Punjabi and Urdu.

In addition to our two major cities - Newcastle and Sunderland - we also host two large football stadiums, numerous museums and art galleries, three universities and a number of higher education colleges. We also have well-developed transport links including the Metro system, the UK’s tenth busiest international airport, an international ferry terminal and Newcastle Central Railway Station which acts as a major staging point on the east coast mainline railway and cross country networks. 

Traditional employment areas of shipbuilding, coal mining and heavy industries have declined significantly over the last twenty-five years, giving rise to a changing risk profile, and transitions in unemployment rates. Today, many of the traditional industries have been replaced by modern industrial developments and service based organisations, although manufacturing remains a sizeable sector (producing almost a quarter of the area's GDP).  Some of the largest employers in the area include; Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) LtdAA Insurance, The Sage Group and Komatsu

As a result of the area's economic redevelopment, it has gained an international reputation for sport, shopping, nightlife, historic architecture, urban parks and the contemporary arts. This reputation has been enhanced by such events as the Great North Run, New Years Eve celebrations and the Sunderland Air Show – all of which contribute to the North East becoming one of England’s fastest growing tourist regions.