Our Partners

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

Use the following links to find out more about our partnerships and projects:

Local Partners

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 Diversity (NEED).

We also work closely with the following local organisations and partnerships:

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 group.

NFG is a multi-agency group containing representatives from numerous public and private sector organisations, including private landowners.

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 wildfire
  • increases the public’s awareness of wildfire
  • provides wildfire training
  • provides a structure for multi-agency response to wildfires

More information about the NFG is available here.

Northumberland Fire Group

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 to live.

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 Northumberland.

All partners come together at these meeting in order to discuss local problems and to develop multi-agency solutions.

More information about the Safer Northumberland Partnership is available here.

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.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) is currently delivering an ambitious and innovative project within the Northumberland National Park. The two year project began in September 2013 and is called the Northumberland Collaborative Burning Project. The aim of the project is to reduce the risk of wildfires in the County and to help protect people, the economy and the environment.

The project is being co-financed by NFRS and Northumberland National Park Authority’s (NNPA) Sustainable Development Fund. The project is also being supported by the Northumberland Fire Group, a multiagency stakeholder group created in Northumberland to address wildfire issues.

Dry springs and summers during recent years have led to a number of wildfires across the heather moorland of the Northumberland National Park. Unless properly managed the peat soils, which have taken thousands of years to establish, can catch fire and burn down to the bedrock. They are irreplaceable, along with the heather, game and wildlife that lives on them.

In response to recent wildfire incidents, and in close consultation with NNPA, NFRS designed the collaborative burning project. During the project, NFRS plans to deliver specialist wildfire training to fire fighters working at Bellingham, Rothbury and Wooler retained Fire Stations, which are all situated in/adjacent to the Northumberland National Park. The training is designed in two parts: theory sessions delivered at each fire station; and, hands-on practical training delivered during collaborative burns held at a number of sites throughout the National Park.

The innovation behind this project is that it will bring together a number of stakeholders to work and train together to share knowledge, expertise and experience. Those involved in the collaborative burns will include wildfire experts from NFRS, retained fire fighters from NFRS, employees from NNPA and local landowners and managers.

The project also aims to provide new skills to the next generation of firefighters and land management employees who will work within the National Park. During the project, training will be given to young people aged 13-17 years old who attend branches of the Northumberland Young Firefighters Association at Rothbury and Wooler Fire Stations. This training will provide young people with key transferable skills such as map reading and navigation skills.

For further information about the Northumberland Collaborative Burning Project, please view the press releases below or contact robert.stacey@northumberland.gcsx.gov.uk

More information about the Sustainable Development Fund is available here.

Northumberland National Park Authority's Sustainable Development Fund

Press releases about the project:

Regional Partners

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 Service neighbours:

National Partners

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 consists of representatives from public, private and third sector organisations.

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.

The Knowledge for Wildfire project is funded by the UK’s Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) Knowledge Exchange scheme. The project has two key aims:
  • To maximise the use of existing NERC-funded research and promote mutually beneficial new research and Knowledge Exchange projects on wildfire.
  • To assist the management of wildfire risk in the UK at all stages from prevention to response and recovery.

The project also has three specific objectives:

  • Join up emerging cross-sector, cross-disciplinary interests in wildfire;
  • Apply and adapt NERC's fire-related research to improve the evidence base for managing wildfire risk;
  • Facilitate new partnership research and knowledge exchange projects to fill knowledge gaps.

The project is guided by a Steering Group of academic, Government, Fire Service and land management experts. A Principal Officer from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service is currently a member of the Steering Group.  

Further information can be found on the Knowledge for Wildfire Project website: http://www.kfwf.org.uk/

International Partners

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:

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service is currently a partner on an innovative international e-learning project. The E-Learning for Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural Disasters Project (e-PPR) is a two year project which will be delivered between October 2014 and October 2016. The aim of project is to address the need for education and training in relation to natural disasters.

The project is a cross-sectoral and cross border initiative involving six partners working in six EU countries:

During the project, the six partner organisations will work together to develop four e-learning modules: one for primary school children, one for secondary school students, one for adults and one for fire and rescue services. Each e-learning module will be tailored to the specific needs of its target group and will cover the prevention, preparedness and response to four types of natural disasters: floods, storms, heat waves and wildfires.

Once finalised, the e-learning modules will be made available on an E-Learning Platform in six European languages (Danish, English, Estonian, Lithuanian, Romanian and Spanish). 

This project is co-funded by the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme.

Press releases about the project:

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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.

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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 (NFRS) was a project partner and hosted an international workshop. NFRS 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.

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Translations of the European Glossary for Wildfires and Forest Fires:

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 Matthew.Thomas@northumberland.gcsx.gov.uk

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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 (NFRS). During the project, NFRS worked closely with three project partners - Frederikssund-Halsnæs Fire and Rescue Service (Denmark), Corpo Nazionale dei Vigili del Fuoco – Nucleo Investigativo Antincendi (Italy), and the Emergency Services College (Finland).

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 risk.

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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 robert.stacey@northumberland.gcsx.gov.uk

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