Bordon is a garrison town in town in Hampshire situated on the A325 between Farnham and Petersfield. A horse drawn brigade was established in 1906 at Bordon crossroads, the present site of the old station, and was manned by soldiers from the various units stationed nearby acting as fireman. The horses and their drivers were supplied by Army Service Corps.
In 1920 the brigade became motorised with the introduction of Thornycroft fire appliances. In 1938 the War Ministry civilianised the fireman, but Army personnel were left in charge. At the outbreak of war in 1939 the fireman reverted to being military personnel and finally in 1958 the station was completely civilianised.
The old station covered the garrisons of Bordon and Longmoor, as well as the surrounding villages of Oakhanger, Whitehill, Kingsley, Lindford, Frith End and of course Bordon village itself.
The average number of calls per year was 200, the busiest year on record was 1976 when a total of 529 calls were answered. The largest of recent years was 4 square miles of heath, which took both Bordon's appliances plus 19 others from Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex and 500 troops to extinguish.
In December 1984 the Army Fire Service in Bordon was disbanded ending nearly 80 years of fire cover provided by the station. Following this retained firefighters recruited by Hampshire Fire Brigade were accommodated at the old station pending the completion of the new station in Conde Way.
The old station was used by the Defence Fire Service providing fire cover on a reduced scale to the satellite tracking station at Oakhanger and RAF Barracks in Bordon until it’s closure in 2005.
The new station is now one of 52 stations in the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, 37 of which are staffed entirely by retained firefighters who are alerted to an emergency by a pager that they carry 24 hours a day. Just 3-4 minutes later the fire appliance leaves the stations.
The firefighters at Bordon have other full time work as well as supplying fire cover to the communities of Bordon, Whitehill, Kingsley, Blackmoor, Greatham, Oakhanger, Headley, Lindford and Empshot. At property fires and larger incidents, the firefighters at Bordon are backed up by retained firefighters from Liphook, Grayshott, Petersfield and Alton.
Firefighters at Bordon now average about 300-350 fire calls a year which include: Road Traffic Collisons, Chemical Spills, House and Commercial Building Fires, Chimney Fires and Heathland Fires.
We now have a greater responsibilty in Community Fire Safety by carrying out Home Fire Safety Checks and the fitting of smoke alarms, our work in the Community also consists of talks and visits to local groups young and old giving fire safety advice, attending local events such as CREW and SNAP run by local councils and supporting local schools and clubs with visits by a fire engine for the children and adults to see.
We also have an active involvement in raising money for the Fire Services National Benevolent Fund, which has involved holding Fire Shows, Flag days, Car Washes, Race Nights and other charity events and donations.