Fire & rescue plans & reports

Fire & rescue plans & reports

This page sets out what we have done, and what we are planning to do, to reduce risk and improve safety in Northumberland.

Fire & rescue plan

The fire and rescue plan presents key priorities and projects during a three-year period. We also produce an annual progress update against priorities identified within our current plan.

View our current plan and available annual updates here:

Each new plan builds on previous work and introduces new initiatives to address risks posed to communities and businesses in Northumberland.

Since the last plan was produced, the performance of Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service has continued to improve, and our aim is to build on this trend in the years ahead.

Why do we produce a fire rescue plan?
The plan is our assessment of the local risk to life and how we intend to deploy our resources. It is an approach to managing risk, requiring the service to re-focus, putting people first by concentrating on preventing fire and other incidents from occurring. It is about ensuring the service has the correct level of response to deal with emergencies.

Since April 2003, every fire and rescue authority has been required to produce a local integrated risk management plan that sets out the authority’s strategy for:
  • reducing the number and severity of fires, road traffic accidents and other emergency incidents
  • reducing the commercial, economic and social impact of fires and other emergency incidents
  • safeguarding the environment and heritage (both built and natural)
  • providing value for money
The fire rescue plan is Northumberland’s integrated risk management plan. It is a forward-looking document that details our plans for improvements in the years ahead, reflecting local needs and tackling both existing and potential risk to communities.
What are the different stages involved in producing the fire rescue plan?
There are a number of key stages involved in producing the plan including:
  • identifying our existing risks
  • evaluating how well we deal with these risks
  • identifying opportunities for improvement
  • determining policies and standards
  • determining resources
  • consulting with the public
Public consultation for the fire rescue plan
We recognise it is essential residents, partners and other stakeholders are fully consulted regarding any improvements and policy proposals. We believe it is essential for people to have their say.

When producing a new plan, we undertake a 12-week public consultation programme to ensure we can capture as much feedback as possible. At the start of this period, we circulate a draft version of the plan and invite comments from all members of our communities. Following the completion of this, we review all comments submitted and prepare a final version of the plan for the approval of the fire authority.

We produce an annual update, presenting our progress against the priorities and projects identified within the current plan. If specific or substantial issues come to light during the period covered by the annual updates, we may complete a new public consultation, if we deem it appropriate.

Fire & rescue service statement

The service statement provides us with our strategic aims and priorities as part of Northumberland County Council.

The delivery of these is managed further through department and station plans. There is a direct link between the development of our service statement and our overarching fire and rescue plan.

Fire & rescue annual statement of assurance

Providing an excellent service is only the starting point – our communities also expect to know how we provide our services.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service has produced an annual statement of assurance for our communities to access an overview of our performance.

Fire peer challenge report

Our fire peer challenge took place from 25-28 November 2013 and consisted of a range of activities including interviews, focus groups and visits to four fire stations.

The purpose was to provide external challenge to help support improvement, and to reflect how the service is performing in key areas. During the challenge, the peer team met with a broad cross-section of members, officers, front line fighters and partner agencies.

Regulation 28 - prevention of future death reports

HM Coroners have a legal power and duty to write a report following an inquest into a death, if it appears there is a risk of further deaths occurring in similar circumstances.

Since 2009, HM Coroners have issued three of these reports following fatalities at emergency incidents and a training exercise. Two reports were issued following firefighter fatalities.

It is important the fire and rescue service learn from these tragic incidents and it implements changes to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

Consequently, we have conducted a review or recent Regulation 28 reports against current policies, procedures and training programmes, and have produced action plans for improvement.

View our Regulation 28 Action Plans here: