Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service is situated in the East Midlands and provides a service to Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, which has a combined population of 1,017,697* (*2011 Census). The city is located in close proximity to the M1, M69, M42 and M6 and also has good rail networks to London, Nottingham, Birmingham and the North. East Midlands International Airport is also only a short distance away by car or public transport.
Leicester is a vibrant multicultural city that has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. The city hosts a number of exciting cultural celebrations throughout the year, reflective of the diverse communities it has. Leicestershire also boasts a number of unique and historic market towns, including Market Harborough, Market Bosworth, Oakham and Melton Mowbray.
A wide variety of attractions are located in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, including King Richard III Visitor Centre, Bradgate Park, Rutland Water Nature Reserve, the National Space Centre and Bosworth Battlefield. The city centre boasts outstanding architectural history, great shopping experiences, and many fantastic dining experiences from all around the world.
Leicester and Leicestershire are fortunate to have three universities that are highly regarded internationally; De Montfort University, University of Leicester and Loughborough University as well as a large number of high quality further education facilities.
For more detailed information on regional statistics, visit the Office of National Statistics website.