Sunderland Central Community Fire Station

Sunderland Central Community Fire Station
Sunderland Central Community Fire Station

Our Station

Opened in May 1993, by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh K.G K.T, Sunderland Central Community Fire Station is located on Railway Row in the Sunderland central area of the City of Sunderland. It covers several Local Council Wards namely; Barnes, Millfield, St Michaels, Hendon, Pallion and Ryhope. 

The Station is home to one fire engine and one targeted response vehicle (TRV).  This TRV is utilised 24 hours per day to attend anti social behaviour (ASB) fires, such as refuse, grass and other low risk type incidents.

The staff are the main asset and, in addition to responding to emergencies, they undertake a range of Community Safety (CS) activities that are primarily aimed at preventing fires and deaths and injuries in fires. 

The station and Community Safety Centre includes access to a Community Safety Team, The Phoenix Programme  which is delivered in collaboration and partnership between TWFRS, Strengthening Families and Sunderland Youth Offending Service.      

The Area

The geographical area served by Sunderland Central Community Fire Station spans relatively affluent residential to large pre/post war council estates, a large number of high rise residential and light and heavy industrial premises. It also includes the Bridges Shopping Complex, Sunderland University, Sunderland Royal Hospital, and Hendon Docks. Due to the University the City Centre has a substantial student population.

The population of Sunderland as a whole based on the 2011 Census is 275,500 persons who are predominantly from Anglo-Saxon background with a relatively small ethnic group. 

There are 119,758 dwellings within the Sunderland area with approximately: -  

  • 59.8% Owner Occupied
  • 14.0% Local Authority Rented
  • 13.1% Privately Rented
  • 6.3% Housing Association Rented
Phoenix Project Logo
Phoenix Project Logo

The Phoenix Programme

The Sunderland Phoenix Programme was established in 2000 and is delivered in collaboration and partnership between TWFRS, Strengthening Families and Sunderland Youth Offending Service (YOS).  

The initiative was set up in response to the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act which stated that reducing crime, disorder and anti social behaviour was not just a police problem and local authority organisations should do more to address these issues. In 2003 the CDA was amended to place a specific responsibility on Fire and Rescue Services so with the Sunderland Phoenix Programme already in place TWFRS were ahead of the game. 

The Programme has developed over the years and currently is a programme of three courses aimed at young people aged between 12 -17 years who are known to be offending or are at risk of offending. The main aim of the programme is to change attitude and behaviour, instil confidence and self esteem, discipline and self discipline, team working and social skills. Create empathy for the Fire Service and understand the dangers of fire, fire setting and hoax calls. We use the neutral status of the Fire Service and the Firefighter role model to achieve these aims. 

Ultimately, addressing these areas leads to better attendance in school and more potential employment opportunities.  

The first course in the programme is the Phoenix, a 4 day course in which students don fire kit and engage in practical training based on the firefighter. The course culminates in an end of course presentation and drill where students perform in front of the families and receive there certificates from the Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland. 

The second course in the programme is the Respect course and to meet the criteria to attend students must stay out of trouble with the police, show improved behaviour at home and in school for a period of 3 months. This course is 2 days. 

The third course in the programme is the advanced course, a 3 day course where students attend part of the course as a residential overnight stay at an outdoor activity centre. Students must meet the criteria as in the Respect course but for a period of six months to attend. 

We deliver many Phoenix, Respect and Advanced courses throughout all of the districts in our Service, to an average of 250 youths every year.

The Phoenix Programme  has been evaluated many times over its life span but a recent independent study, published in December 2011 has demonstrated that 92% of young people who complete the programme do not offend in the following 12 months. 

In 2010 the Programme won three National Training Awards including overall winner of the year 2010 in the Partnership and Collaboration category, judges stating that the Phoenix Programme was “a truly life changing initiative” 

The programme is also run in other district areas and is successfully delivered from other fire stations in those districts when required.

For further information contact Mark Ledger on 0191 4441286 or e-mail mark.ledger@twfire.gov.uk

Contact Us 


Sunderland Central Fire Station
Railway Row
Tyne and Wear


+44 (0)191 444 1220



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 simple advice on Fire Safety, tailored specifically to your needs. We can also, where necessary fit free smoke detectors, and in certain cases, provide a deep fat fryer to replace a conventional chip pan. 

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