Fire & Rescue inspection

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service welcomed Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service (HMICFRS) as it underwent an inspection as part of a national assessment. This page features information about the inspection.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service 2019 inspection results.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service operates as part of Northumberland County Council and has 15 community fire stations (excluding Holy Island garage) delivering services 365 days of the year. In the year ending 30 September 2018, the service attended 3,404 incidents.  
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) undertook a second tranche of inspections of 16 fire and rescue services in England in late 2018, including Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service - the findings of these inspections were published on 20 June 2019.
Assessments by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service (HMICFRS) are designed for the public to see how each fire and rescue service’s is performing. The assessment will look at Northumberland Fire and Rescue’s performance in relation to other fire services across the UK.

All 45 English fire and rescue services are being assessed over 2018/19, following which, HMICFRS will publish a public report which will include graded judgements of each fire and rescue service.
So far this year, Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service have undergone the major phases of the inspection process, however, the service remains under inspection until the report is finalised. This is expected in May 2019.

The inspection programme includes an assessment of:
  • Effectiveness - Including prevention, protection, resilience, and response;
  • Efficiency - How well it provides value for money, allocates resources to match risk, and collaborates with the police and ambulance services; and
  • How well does it look after people - How well it promotes its values and culture, trains its staff and ensures they have the necessary skills, ensures fairness and diversity for the workforce and develops leadership and service capability.

Matt Reavill explains the inspection process

Watch service liason lead explain how the inspection focuses on the service provided to the public by looking into our effectiveness, efficiency and people.

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