also known as: Fire risk, Managing fire risk, Preventing fire, Social fire risk.
We work with a number of partners locally, regionally, nationally and internationally to help protect life, property and the environment within Northumberland.
We work with partners to:
- improve how we prevent emergencies from occurring
- improve how we respond when emergencies happen
- improve how we protect people and communities
We work locally and share facilities with North East Ambulance
Service, Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team, Sure
Start, National Health Service and North East Equality and
We also work closely with the following local organisations and
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service works closely with
Northumbria Police on a daily basis.
This joint-working covers a multitude of activities such as
cooperating together at emergency incidents, such as large fires or
Road Traffic Collisions, the prevention/detection of arson and the
protection of vulnerable people within the community.
Fire investigators work with detectives and forensic teams to
determine the causes of fires and, where necessary, follow cases
through to prosecution. Fire and police analysts also work closely
together to track arsonists across the county. In the run up to
Bonfire Night each year, local fire stations work closely with
Neighbourhood Policing Teams to provide safety advice to the public
and to school children.
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service is a founding member of
the NFG and continues to maintain a very active role within the
NFG is a multi-agency group containing representatives from
numerous public and private sector organisations, including private
The group aims to improve resilience to wildfire within
Northumberland by delivering activities that improve prevention
activities and response to incidents.
At a practical level, the NFG:
- establishes firm lines of communication with regards to
- increases the public’s awareness of wildfire
- provides wildfire training
- provides a structure for multi-agency response to
information about the NFG is available here.
The Safer Northumberland Partnership was created in the summer
of 2009 with a single mission: to work together, in partnership, to
make the county of Northumberland a safer and more desirable place
Key partners include Northumberland County
Council, Northumbria Police, Northumbria Police
Authority, Northumberland Fire and Rescue
Service, Northumbria Probation Service
and Northumberland Care Trust, as well as a
variety of voluntary sector organisations involved in great work
throughout the county.
Northumberland is already one of the most attractive places in
the UK and has an excellent reputation both for partnership working
and for crime reduction. Safer Northumberland’s aim is to build on
this platform to further improve the quality of life in
Northumberland. Within this is the LMAPS (Local Multi Agency
Problem Solving) which are localised meetings held every four weeks
in each of the nine Northumbria Police sectors in
All partners come together at these meeting in order to discuss
local problems and to develop multi-agency solutions.
information about the Safer Northumberland Partnership is available
We are also working with local landowners and Northumberland
National Park Authority to deliver an important local project on
wildfire training, risk management and sustainable development.
More information to follow soon...
We work with a number of partners in the North East of England.
We work particularly closely with all of the Fire and Rescue
Services in the North East of England and our other Fire and Rescue
We are currently working very closely with the following
national stakeholder groups on issues related to wildfire:
The CFOA Wildfire Group provides professional advice to inform
government policy on wildfire and is committed to developing
strategic and technical guidance and sharing notable practice
within the wider Fire and Rescue community.
Paul Hedley, Deputy Chief Fire Officer of Northumberland Fire
and Rescue Service, currently Chairs the group.
The EWWF is a voluntary strategic body, independent of
government, which has been created to expand knowledge and
understanding of wildfire in England and Wales. The EWWF consist of
representatives from public, private and third sector
The purpose of the Forum is to create a focus for joint working
between all interested organisations that will lead to the
development of initiatives to improve the management of wildfire
risk and the communication of risk to government, stakeholders and
the wider community.
Alex Bennett, Chief Fire Officer of Northumberland Fire and
Rescue Service, currently Chairs the Forum.
More information on the
forum can be found here.
We have worked with a number of international partners to
exchange knowledge and good practice. These international
partnerships have helped us to purchase equipment and continually
develop the knowledge, skills and expertise of our staff.
During recent years we have been involved in a number of
European Union co-financed projects, including:
The WATERSAVE II Project involves a number of partners in the
Netherlands, Czech Republic and UK. NFRS is working with these
partners to improve international response to flooding incidents
within the European Union.
WATERSAVE II is an on-going project which builds on the success
of a previous project called WATERSAVE. Both WATERSAVE projects
have been co-funded by the European Commission.
The Service has benefited significantly from its involvement in
these flood response projects and has used its experiences and
lessons learned to enhance flood response within Northumberland and
the North East Region.
EUFOFINET involved 13 partners from 9 EU countries and was
delivered between October 2010 and December 2012. The project was
co-financed by the INTERREG IVC Programme and had the overall aim
of improving and enhancing regional and local approaches to
wildfire prevention and suppression in Europe.
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service was a project partner and
hosted an international workshop. We led on the development of the
European Glossary for Wildfires and Forest Fires and
co-led the project’s communication activities.
For further information about EUFOFINET, please download the
related documents shown below or visit the EUFOFINET project website.
Translations of the European Glossary for Wildfires and Forest
Fire FOCUS was delivered between August 2011 and June 2013. The
aim of the project was to improve the quality of vocational
training systems in the field of fire investigation.
The project was co-financed through the Leonardo Da Vinci
Programme and was delivered by the Fire Safety and Civil Protection
Directorate-General (Bulgaria), the Ghent Fire Brigade (Belgium)
and Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.
For further information about Fire FOCUS, please contact
The “Complex Floods Management in European Union Vulnerable
Areas through effective Reaction and Joint Operations Simulation
Project”, or EVROS for short, ran between 2009 and 2010. It was
co-funded by the European Commission Directorate-General for
Environment and involved partners from Greece, Bulgaria, Germany,
Italy and the UK.
The project involved the design and implementation of a
large-scale EU exercise involving the simulation of a major
flooding event of the River Evros which originates in Bulgaria and
flows through Greece and Turkey.
The 150 individuals involved, including a number of officers
from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, used the exercise to
test how they would work together at a major flooding incident
involving emergency services from multiple countries.
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service benefited significantly
from its involvement in the EVROS Project and has used its
experiences and lessons learned to enhance flood response within
Northumberland and the North East Region.
ANSFR was an innovative two-year project that was coordinated by
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service. During the project, we
worked closely our partners - Frederikssund-Halsnæs Fire and Rescue
Service (Denmark), Corpo Nazionale dei Vigili del Fuoco – Nucleo
Investigativo Antincendi (Italy), and the Emergency Services
The project was delivered between 1st January 2009
and 31st December 2010 and received co-financing from
the European Union through the Civil Protection Financial
Instrument. The aim of the project was to enable cross-border
exchange of good practice on the assessment and management of fire
The E-API Project was delivered by Northumberland Fire and
Rescue Service in partnership with Northumbria Police and
Laboratoire Central de la Préfecture de Police (France) between
1st January 2007 and 31st December 2008. The
project was co-financed by the European Union through the Civil
Protection Financial Instrument.
The key aim of the project was to identify, collate and
disseminate best practice in arson prevention and investigation on
a European scale. The premise of the project was that by sharing
best practice in arson prevention and investigation, practitioners
across Europe could be better equipped to prevent and investigate
fire crime within their communities.
A significant legacy of E-API was the creation of the European
Network for Fire Investigation and Prevention (ENFIP). ENFIP is an
information sharing network for practitioners which has been
operating since 2007.
For further information about E-API or ENFIP, please download
the related document shown below or contact firstname.lastname@example.org