Swalwell Community Fire Station

Swalwell Community Fire Station
Swalwell Community Fire Station

Our Station

Swalwell Fire Station is located on Market Lane, Swalwell and is situated to the West of Gateshead giving immediate access to the Metro-centre, Gateshead and Newcastle city centre. The Station also covers a vast geographical area stretching to Chopwell. It covers the wards of Dunston, Whickham, Blaydon, Winlaton, Crawcrook, Greenside and Rowlands Gill. Furthermore due to its strategic location, the Station also responds to cross border incidents within Northumberland and County Durham.

The station is home to a Category 1 appliance along with a High Volume Pump.

The station is a shared location with North East Ambulance Service and is a base for an ambulance and Paramedic rapid response vehicle. This co-existence has proved to be hugely beneficial when attending incidents and joint training exercises.

In addition to responding to emergencies, staffs at the station undertake a range of community Safety and fire safety activities aimed at reducing fires, as well as death and injuries from fires.  

The Area

The geographical area served by Swalwell Community Fire Station, varies greatly from relatively affluent residential to light and heavy industrial. It also includes  the Metro Centre, one of Britain’s largest out-of-town shopping complexes, 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

Young Firefighters

The Young Firefighters' Association at Swalwell Community Fire Station are looking to recruit young people between the ages of 11 and 17.

Sessions run from 6pm till 8pm every Wednesday evening.  A uniform is supplied and training is delivered by professional firefighters.  You will be using actual firefighting equipment. 

Please complete the application form attached or if you wish to speak to an instructor please contact:

Watch Manager Kevin Burn 0191 444 1585 or Crew Manager Chris Cowie on 0191 444 1880 


In September 1992, Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Fire Service, in partnership with the Newcastle City Challenge, opened its first branch of the Young Firefighters Association at the West Road Fire Station.  The primary strategic objective was to strengthen the social and community infrastructure, which after the inner city disturbance had become a little fragile.

Young people who were accepted into the organisation came from a wide and varied background. Those who were at risk of offending, non-attendees at school, as well as those who academically were doing well and who were expected to progress into further education. This fine balance of character and personality helped to set the foundations of a successful Branch.

What We Offer

During the meetings the Young Firefighters are given practical and theoretical instructions on Fire and Rescue Service related subjects.

In addition to the weekly meetings, Young Firefighters are also involved in:

  • attending Fire Service ceremonial occasions

  • displaying their skills on open days and summer fairs


A uniformed youth organisation designed to provide the young people of Tyne and Wear aged between 11-17 years old with training and personal development opportunities principally through Fire and Rescue Service related activities.


To recruit young people aged between the ages of 11 -17, allowing them the opportunity to join a uniformed youth organisation;

• Assist members to develop mentally, physically and morally;

• Encourage self discipline, social consciousness and sense of community awareness/belonging;

• Increase their communication skills, leadership skills and develop their self-esteem and self-confidence;

• Develop their fire safety knowledge concerning their home and the workplace;

• Develop their personal safety knowledge;

• Develop their understanding concerning the contribution the Fire Service makes to society and promote fire safety to the public.


Contact Us


Swalwell Community Fire Station
Market Lane
Tyne and Wear
NE16 3DZ



+44 (0)191 444 1430





Home Risk Assessment
Home Safety Check

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.