Fire service plans its priorities

Fire engine at Berwick Fire Station.

Fire engine at Berwick Fire Station.

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Residents are being given the chance to have their say on the future plans for Northumberland’s Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS).

The service has produced a draft version of its three year plan, setting out its priorities up to 2017.

Among the priorities are carrying out a county-wide review of key risks to communities to identify priorities and inform service delivery, along with a full review of how the service is managed and delivered.

Partnership and collaboration will also be key themes, with the service looking at more opportunities to work more closely with other services through co-location.

NFRS Chief Fire Officer Alex Bennett said: “We have a fire and rescue service to be proud of and are committed to making the county an even safer place to live, work and visit.

“This three year plan outlines the main risks to the communities of Northumberland and how we will use our resources efficiently to reduce those risks.

“We must ensure we continue to provide high quality prevention and protection activity to those most at risk while providing a well-equipped and highly trained workforce to respond to incidents.”

The service has had another busy year. In 2012/13 it attended 3,145 incidents, including 172 dwelling fires and 220 road accidents. They also fitted almost 10,000 smoke detectors in people’s homes across Northumberland.

Councillor Dave Ledger, deputy leader of the council and portfolio holder for NFRS said: “We want to ensure decisions about our services take into account the views of residents, employees and communities of Northumberland.

“By taking part in our survey people can help us understand what they think of our future plans and ensure our services are targeted in the most effective way.”

The draft plan and survey can be viewed by going to

NFRS will also be consulting with communities and individuals by post, public meetings and focus groups.

The consultation closes on May 9 and a final version of the plan will be approved by Northumberland County Council later this year.

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