Northumberland Fire Group (NFG)

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.

NFG delivers a wide range of activities to protect rural communities, the rural economy, and the natural environment 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.

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

Membership is open to any individual or organisation in Northumberland with an interest in wildfire-related issues. 

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
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The NFG exists to protect life, property, rural livelihoods and the environment. At the core of everything the group does, the desire to preserve Northumberland’s unique environmental surroundings 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 wildfire training exercises
  • invitations to attend fire group meetings to gain information, discuss problems and receive advice on wildfire issues
On Wednesday 19th October 2016, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service hosted a ‘Planning for Wildfire’ event at Elsdon Village Hall on behalf of the NFG. The purpose of the event was to provide advice and guidance to landowners, land managers, gamekeepers 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: 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. 

Please contact either our Chair or Secretariat if you have any queries about the event, or if you are interested in attending similar events in the future.
The NFG are involved in creating and maintaining Wildfire fire plans, which help with the preparation and response to wildfires in Northumberland.

You can find out more about how we collect, use and protect your personal data included within the wildfire fire plans by reading our privacy notice.

Please click here to view our privacy notice.
The NFG 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.

More than 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 on 01670 621167.
 
The project began in September 2013 with the aim of reducing the risk of wildfires and protecting the people, economy, and environment 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. The peat, heather, game and wildlife that live on the moorland are irreplaceable.

The project is being co-financed by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and the Northumberland National Park Authority’s sustainable development fund. It is also being supported by Northumberland Fire Group.

The project has involved the purchase of additional wildfire equipment which is now being stored and used within the National Park. The project has also involved the design and delivery of enhanced classroom and live fire training to firefighters that work at Bellingham, Rothbury and Wooler fire stations.

Finally, the project has included training for young people aged between 13 and 17 who attend branches of the Northumberland Young Firefighters’ Association (NYFA) at Rothbury and Wooler. This training has provided key transferable skills such as map reading and navigation skills to the next generation of firefighters and land management employees who will work within the national park.

Please click here for more information about NYFA.

For further information about the project, please contact robert.stacey@northumberland.gov.uk
In addition to the wildfire fire plans, the Northumberland Fire Group regularly delivers a number of other activities that help to 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.
 
We communicate across a number of channels to raise awareness and reduce the risks, including: