AN ambitious project involving Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) and wildfire specialists from 12 other countries has drawn to a successful conclusion.
The European Forest Fire Networks (EUFOFINET) project launched in October 2010. The aim of the project was to improve and enhance regional and local approaches to wildfire prevention and suppression through European cooperation, collaboration and exchange of good practice.
As part of the project NFRS hosted a week-long workshop in March 2012 focusing on good practice which included an exercise near Linhope in the Breamish Valley to demonstrate the use of a high volume pump unit and a mobile command unit during a wildfire incident.
Alex Bennett, chief fire officer for NFRS, said: “Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service’s involvement in the highly successful EUFOINET project has been extremely rewarding. Working with international partners during the last two years has allowed us to review our practices, hone our skills and share expertise to ensure that we are equipped and trained to tackle wildfires in the best possible way in Northumberland.
“This additional knowledge and understanding we have acquired, coupled with the establishment of a new network of contacts across Europe, will help us to further improve how we protect life, property and the environment within our county.”