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Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service

HMICFRS region and HMI

  • His Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Michelle Skeer is HMI for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’s Northern fire region

HMICFRS’s assessment of Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service

Our Fire and Rescue Service assessments give you information about how your local fire and rescue service has performed in several important areas. In our latest assessments of Northumberland FRS, we made the following graded judgments:

About the service

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) provides fire & rescue cover to the county of Northumberland. The fire and rescue service area covers 1,942 square miles with an approximate split of the population living in urban and rural areas.

The service responds to fires (buildings, vehicles and wildfires), road traffic collisions, chemical and biological radiations, nuclear incidents, flooding, swift water, mud and ice rescue, and major incidents. As part of their response role, they also handle emergency calls and respond to special service requests.

NFRS’s headquarters are in Cramlington.

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Key facts – 2020/2021

Service Area

1,943 square miles

Population

0.32m people
up2% local 5 yr change

Workforce

55% wholetime firefighters
45% on-call firefighters
0.74 per 1000 population local
0.56 national level
down23% local 5 yr change
down5% national 5 yr change

Assets

15 stations
21 fire engines

Incidents

4.1 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
1.8 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
3.4 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
3.8 national

Cost

£28.68 firefighter cost per person per year
£25.22 firefighter cost per person per year (national)