Lancashire Combined Fire Authority delivers a fire and rescue service to the whole of Lancashire, raising awareness about fire safety through visiting homes and schools, enforcing fire safety laws; being available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to emergencies.

The net budget for 2018/19 is £54.8m, an increase of £0.9m compared to last year’s budget of £53.9m. This increase was largely the result of pay awards, partly offset by efficiency savings of £0.8m.

The Combined Fire Authority has had to balance the needs of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service against the burden of local taxpayers when setting the budget for 2018/2019, but as Central Government Grant funding fell by £1.4m we have had to increase council tax by 2.99%

Lancashire Combined Fire Authority has a good record of delivering savings, £18.5m of efficiency savings have been made between April 2011 and March 2018.

What does the Fire and Rescue Service cost?

Based on the population of Lancashire, we cost just over 10 pence per person per day.

​2017/18 2018/19
​£m ​£m
​Gross Revenue Expenditure 53.4 55.4
​Less Income (2.3) ​(2.6)
​Contribution to Capital 2.8 ​2.0
​Contribution from Reserves
​Net Budget Requirement ​53.9 54.8
​Less Central Government Grants (10.7) ​(9.3)
​Less Local Share of Business Rates inc top up grant ​(15.1) ​(15.8)
​Deficit/(Surplus) on Council Tax and Business Rates (0.3) (0.5)
​Council tax requirement 27.8 29.2
​Council tax base 425,026 ​432,384
​Band D Council Tax equivalent ​65.50 67.46

How the budget compares with last year?

The Fire Authority net budget requirement for 2018/19 is £54.8m compared with a budget of £53.9m last year. The reasons for the 1.7% increase in the overall budget are as follows:

Change in spending between years £ million
​Budget requirement 2017/18 ​53.9
​Add pay awards and other inflationary pressures 1.9
​Less savings identified ​(0.8)
Investment in operational equipment and increasing firefighter recruits and apprenticeship posts ​1.3
Other budget reductions such as vacancy management (1.5)
Budget requirement  2018/19 54.8

Council Tax has increased by 2.99% which means that for a Band D property the amount payable for the Fire and Rescue part of the bill is £67.46 per year (£1.30 per week) an increase of £1.96 (just £0.04 per week).

What do you get for your money?

39 fire stations

58 fire engines

19 specialist vehicles

1,170 staff

11,803 Home Fire Safety Checks

Visits to all school year 2 and year 6 classes

Fire safety inspections

Prosecutions under fire safety law

Attendance at 5,100 fires

Attendance at 526 road traffic collisions

Attendance at almost 3,000 other emergencies including animal rescue, flooding, collapsed structures and water rescue

Youth engagement activities

999 calls answered

For a hard copy of this information, please contact us:

For a hard copy of this information, please contact us:



The Chief Fire Officer
Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service
Garstang Road