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Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service provides fire & rescue cover to the county of Northumberland. There are 16 fire stations across the service.

Its long-term aim is to improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of residents, workers and visitors of Northumberland. Central to this is the prevention of fires and other emergencies, with a result of reducing death, injury and damage to property.

With 97 percent of its area classed as rural, the county is sparsely populated with 63 people per km². Half of the county’s population live in 3 percent of urban land found in the south east of the county.

In Northumberland, 22 percent of residents are over 65 years old. The number of deaths outweigh births, and this, combined with zero net migration, has produced a slight fall in the population of the county.

79 percent of the adult population is economically active. Unemployment levels are higher than the national average. Thirteen percent of the population lives in some of the most deprived areas of England.

HMICFRS region and HMI

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

Contact Phil Gormley (e-mail address)

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

Service Area

1,936 square miles


0.32m people local 5 yr change


54% wholetime 46% on-call
0.96 per 1000 population local 1 national level
28% local 5 yr change 17% national 5 yr change


15 stations 36 appliances


4.8 fire incidents per 1000 population local 3.0 national
2.2 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local 3.1 national
3.5 false alarms per 1000 population local 4.1 national


£26,670 Firefighter cost per 1000 population per year £22,380 Firefighter cost per 1000 population per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Paul Hedley