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Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service has 22 stations. It works to ensure that people stay as safe as possible from fire and other emergencies in the home, at work or elsewhere in Northamptonshire. It does this by educating adults and young people about potential hazards both in and outside the home and how they can protect themselves and their families from harm.

The service aims to make Northamptonshire safer. Responding to emergency calls and ensuring the right staff with the right skills and the right tools get to the emergency quickly and safely is at the heart of our response. It works with other response organisations and emergency services to ensure Northamptonshire is prepared for a major incident, and develops plans and tests arrangements to ensure a coordinated response.

The chief fire officer is the chair of the local resilience forum, which includes emergency services, local authorities, government agencies, health, utilities, military voluntary organisations and businesses. The forum identifies and assesses local risks such as flooding, pandemic flu and utility failure.

The service has the capability to deal with the consequences of terrorism, flooding and other large-scale emergencies alongside the more traditional incidents it attends such as fires and road traffic accidents.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Zoë Billingham
    is HMI for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’s Eastern fire region

Contact Zoë Billingham

HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this service

For over 160 years, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has independently assessed and reported on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and policing, in the public interest.

In summer 2017, HMIC (now HMICFRS) took on inspections of England’s fire & rescue services, assessing and reporting on their efficiency, effectiveness and leadership.

Key facts – 2019/20

Service Area

914 square miles


0.75m people
up6% local 5 yr change


62% wholetime firefighters
38% on-call firefighters
0.54 per 1000 population local
0.57 national level
down5% local 5 yr change
down8% national 5 yr change


22 stations
28 fire engines


2.3 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
2.4 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
3.1 national
2.5 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
4.1 national


£19.93 firefighter cost per person per year
£24.53 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Darren Dovey