Central Area (Conwy and Denbighshire)
Central Area (Conwy and Denbighshire)
An introduction from the Partnerships and Communities Manager, Kevin Jones.
Conwy County covers an area of 1,130 Sq Km. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty with landscapes ranging from sandy beaches, rocky headlands and secluded valleys to open moors and rugged mountains. Denbighshire County covers an area which runs from the North Wales coastal resorts of Rhyl and Prestatyn down through the Vale of Clwyd, south as far as Corwen and the popular tourist town of Llangollen.
The River Conwy flows from above Betws-y-Coed to historic Conwy town with its famous Castle and fortified walls and defines the centre of the County. The Snowdonia National Park guards its western banks and the eastern banks reaching across the rural area of the county to meet the neighbouring expanses of the Denbigh moors.
Within Conwy, the majority of the population of over 110,000 resides along a narrow coastal strip, and the seaside towns of Llandudno and Colwyn Bay attract tens of thousands of tourists to the County every year. We are also an increasingly important commercial, conference and business centre. The new offices of the Welsh Government are located in the Llandudno Junction area near to the vital arterial road and rail links along the North Wales coast.
In Denbighshire, Agriculture and tourism are the main industries. 15% of all the tourist accommodation in Wales is situated in the County, and tourists spend around 12 million days in the County generating approx £375 million annually into the economy.
The historic towns of Rhuddlan, Denbigh and Ruthin, each with their own castle, and the tiny cathedral city of St. Asaph, are also located within Denbighshire.
Denbighshire is largely a rural county with a population of 93,065, 18% of which speak Welsh, mainly in the upland area and Vale of Clwyd.
The Clwydian range is located to the east, the Hiraethog Moors to the west, and the Berwyn range is adjacent to the southern boundary of the county. Agriculture and tourism are the main industries.
The expanding St. Asaph Business Park, on the edge of the A55, is home to number of companies and organizations, and the A55 Expressway is an excellent road link through the county leading to the Irish ferry routes at Holyhead, airports at Manchester and Liverpool, and the major UK networks.
Conwy and Denbighshire have a total of 15 fire stations - one, at Rhyl, is 24 hour crewed, and stations at Llandudno and Colwyn Bay are day crewed.
The fire station at Rhyl underwent recent extensive remodelling and is now a Community Fire Station - the first of its kind in Wales. The station houses two fire appliances, an Aerial Ladder Platform and the Service’s Incident Command Unit.
Llandudno Fire Station houses two fire appliances and National Resilience assets in the form of a High Volume Pump and hose container.
Colwyn Bay houses two fire appliances and the Water Rescue Resource pod.
There are retained stations at Conwy, Abergele, Llanfairfechan, Llanrwst, Betws Y Coed, Cerrigydrudion, Prestatyn, St. Asaph, Denbigh, Ruthin, Corwen and Llangollen utilising On-Call (RDS) firefighters who serve their communities.
Wildfire vehicles are located at Abergele and Corwen.
The legislative fire safety team is based at Colwyn Bay Fire Station and provides a service to all areas throughout Denbighshire and Conwy.
Community Fire Safety
Community safety is a key role within our action plan and all staff work with local residents to promote community fire safety. Day-crewing and wholetime stations have a vital community fire safety function in addition to the operational function.
It is our aim to continue to form new partnerships and enhance our already established partnerships with all our target groups within the area to provide a good foundation for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service to continue to serve the communites of Conwy and Denbighshire and reach our target/at risk groups. Our staff are proactive in working alongside partner agencies and attend regular meetings in various forums. By doing this, it will greatly assist both the county and the organisation to achieve our targets.
They are proactive in working alongside partner agencies, wherever possible, to achieve our overall aim to save life and prevent fire and injury from fire.
Safe and well checks
For a safe and well check call freephone 0800 169 1234, or phone the County Safety Office on 01745 352777.