Northumberland Fire Group

Northumberland Fire Group

The Northumberland Fire Group is a multi-agency group of public and private sector partners that has been established to address wildfire issues within Northumberland.

Northumberland Fire Group

The fire group delivers a wide range of activities to protect rural communities, the rural economy and the natural environment in Northumberland from the potentially devastating impact of wildfires.

The group was one of the first multi-agency partnerships to be established in the UK to deal with wildfire issues, and is now considered a model of good practice.

Membership of the group is open to any individual or organisation in Northumberland with an interest in wildfire.

Members currently include landowners, land agents, land managers, farmers, emergency services, environmental bodies and other public sector bodies.

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Planning for Wildfire Event
On Wednesday 19th October 2016, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service hosted a "Planning for Wildfire" event at Elsdon Village Hall on behalf of the Northumberland Fire Group. The event purpose of the event was to provide advice and guidance to land owners, land managers, game keepers and local agencies on how to prepare and plan for wildfires. 

While the event was primarily focused on individuals and organisations within Northumberland, some participants came from as far as Durham and North Yorkshire to participate.

The event included an information session within Elsdon Village hall and a demonstration of vegetation cutting equipment on the nearby East Todholes Farm.

The following documents provide further information about the event: Message of thanks and a look to the future
The NFG would like to thank Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and East Todholes Farm for organising and hosting the event. The NFG would also like to thank everyone who attended on the day. Feedback about the event is currently being reviewed and the NFG is considering whether to organise similar events in the near future.
 
Please contact us if you have any queries about the event or if you are interested in attending similar events in the future.

Fire group meetings

Information about the next meeting will be announced soon.

Meetings are held bi-annually to discuss past and current fire group activities and wildfire-related issues/concerns raised by members. For further information about forthcoming meetings, please contact us.

Important fire group activities

The group currently undertakes a number of activities:

Wildfire fire plans
The fire group promotes the importance of creating and maintaining wildfire fire plans. Wildfire fire plans are an important tool used for planning, preparing and responding to wildfires within the county.

The plans contain key information about an area of land (usually an estate or farm) which can be used when attending a wildfire incident on or near that area of land.

120,000 hectares of land within Northumberland are now covered by fire plans, but there are still areas of land that are not yet covered. To complete a fire plan for your estate or farm, please contact us.
Preparing for & responding to wildfires
In addition to the wildfire fire plans, the Northumberland Fire Group regularly delivers a number other activities that help prepare the county for wildfire incidents.

For example, annual wildfire exercises and the organisation of training courses help to improve and enhance the multi-agency response to wildfires. 
Raising awareness of wildfire issues
The group aims to protect local communities, the economy, natural environment and cultural heritage of Northumberland by the reducing the risk of wildfire occurrence.

We communicate across a number of channels to raise awreness and reduce the risks, including:
Why should I join the fire group?
The Northumberland Fire Group exists to save money and protect life, property, rural livelihoods and the environment. At the core of everything the group does, the desire to preserve Northumberland’s unique environmental surrounds is fundamental.

If you or your organisation could be affected by wildfires, then you could benefit from joining the Northumberland Fire Group. The benefits include:
  • on-site support to complete your fire plan
  • access to training courses related to wildfire and land management burning
  • invitations to attend and contribute to annual wildfire training exercises
  • invitations to attend fire group meetings to gain information, discuss problems and receive advice on wildfire issues 

Northumberland Fire Group - contact us

If you would like any further information and/or would like to join the Northumberland Fire Group, please contact:

Angus Collingwood-Cameron, Northern Farmers and Landowners Group
chair of the Northumberland Fire Group

Robert Stacey, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service
secretariat of the Northumberland Fire Group