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Northumberland Fire and Rescue 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.

HMICFRS region and HMI

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

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

1,942 square miles


0.32m people
up2% local 5 yr change


51% wholetime firefighters
49% on-call firefighters
0.79 per 1000 population local
0.57 national level
down22% local 5 yr change
down8% national 5 yr change


15 stations
21 fire engines


4.2 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
2.4 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
3.1 national
3.8 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
4.1 national


£29.97 firefighter cost per person per year
£24.53 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Paul Hedley