Birtley Community Fire Station

Birtley Community Fire Station
Birtley Community Fire Station

Our Station

Birtley Community Fire Station is located on Durham Road, Birtley on the southern extreme of the Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council area. It covers the Birtley Ward and covers parts of the Lamesley, Chowdene, Lobley Hill and Bensham Wards. The station also covers parts of the Washington East and Washington West Ward areas both of which are part of the City of Sunderland Council area.

In addition to responding to emergencies, staff at the Station undertake a range of Community Safety (CS) activities that are primarily aimed at preventing fires, as well as deaths and injuries from fires.

The station is home to a Category 1 appliance.

There is a meeting room at the Station (16 seats) that is free for use to serving-the-community groups and to commercial users at a competitive charge.

In April 2013 this Station became the first in Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) to move to Day Crewing Close Call (DCCC) manning. This means that the crews have 24 hour shift periods instead of alternating between day-shift (9 hours) and night-shift (15 hours). DCCC crews have purpose-built accommodation and remain on-station on-call to respond to emergencies for their whole shift.

The Area

The geographical area served by Birtley Community Fire Station, varies greatly from relatively affluent residential to light and heavy industrial use. It includes parts of the Team Valley Trading Estate and relatively large tracts of rural land.  

The population of Gateshead as a whole based on the 2011 Census, is 200,200 persons who are predominantly from Anglo-Saxon background with a relatively small ethnic group.

There are 89,154 dwellings within the Gateshead area with approximately: - 

  • 58.2% Owner Occupied
  • 22.4% Local Authority Rented
  • 2.5%  Privately Rented
  • 5.6%  Housing Association Rented

Contact Us 


Birtley Community Fire Station
Durham Road
Tyne and Wear



+44 (0)191 444 1880 



Home Risk Assessment

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is committed to achieving it's Vision of 'Creating the Safest Community' by reducing the risk of fire in domestic premises through Home Safety Checks.  

Firefighters can visit your home, where you may be at the greatest risk from fire, and offer advice on Fire Safety, tailored specifically to your needs and where necessary fit free smoke detectors.

We are currently targeting our resources at those households most at risk, but will attend to you as soon as possible if you request this service. 

Follow the link for further information on the assessment process and how to request a Home Safety Check.