Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service
Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service crest.svg
Operational area
CountryEngland
CountyNorthamptonshire
AddressDarby Close, Park Farm Industrial Estate, Wellingborough, NN8 6GS
Agency overview
Annual calls13,174 (2017-18)[1]
CommissionerStephen Mold
Chief Fire OfficerMark Jones
Facilities and equipment
Stations22
Website
www.northantsfire.gov.uk Edit this at Wikidata

The Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) is a fire and rescue service covering the county of Northamptonshire, United Kingdom. NFRS covers an area of 948 square miles (2,460 km2) area with a population of around 750,000.[2]

History

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service was founded in 1974 when the former Northamptonshire Fire Brigade and Northampton Borough Fire Brigade (both formed in 1948 by the Fire Services Act 1947) merged.

In April 2021, Moulton Logistics Centre closed down, leaving Moulton Fire Station and the service's workshops behind. The new headquarters for the service is now shared with Northamptonshire Police, at a new site in Wellingborough.

Organisation

Since 2019, the fire service has been overseen by the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.[3] It was previous overseen by Northamptonshire County Council.

NFRS has 22 fire stations,[4][2] with 28 fire engines,[2] a headquarters in Wellingborough, and an administration hub in Kettering which is shared with Northamptonshire Police.[5] Its firefighters are split 62% wholetime and 38% retained (on-call).[2]

Performance

In November 2018, an inspection of NFRS by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) found that the service was routinely operating below the safe number of fire engines needing to cover the county. It also found that firefighter training records were incomplete and the service could not assure itself that they all had the necessary safety-critical skills.[6] Three followup visits by HMICFRS in 2019 and 2020, allowed them to announce in March 2021 that they were satisfied with NFRS progress.[6]

In 2018/2019, every fire and rescue service in England and Wales was subjected to a statutory inspection by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HIMCFRS). The inspection investigated how well the service performs in each of three areas. On a scale of outstanding, good, requires improvement and inadequate, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service was rated as follows:[7]

HMICFRS Inspection Northamptonshire 2018/19
Area Rating Description
Effectiveness Requires improvement How effective is the fire and rescue service at keeping people safe and secure from fire and other risks?
Efficiency Requires improvement How efficient is the fire and rescue service at keeping people safe and secure from fire and other risks?
People Requires improvement How well does the fire and rescue service look after its people?

Fire stations

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
FE M01 The Mounts Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x COV
FE M02 Towcester Retained 1x WrL, 1x WrC, 1x IIV
FE M03 Woodford Halse Retained 1x WrL, 1x IIV
FE M04 Daventry Day Crewed/Retained 2x WrL, 1x TIV
FE M05 Long Buckby Retained 1x WrL, 1x IIV
FE M06 Guilsborough Retained 1x WrL, 1x IIV
FE M07 Brixworth Retained 1x WrL
FE M08 Brackely Retained 1x WrL, 1x TIV, 1x IIV, 1x CRV
FE M09 Moulton Wholetime/Retained 1x WrL, 1x CPA, 1x ARP, 1x PM* for: 1x BASU, 1x WelFU, 1x GPP, 1x IIV
FE M10/M28 Mereway Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x TRV, 1x WRU+IrbT
FE M11 Kettering Wholetime/Retained 1x WrL, 1x CPA, 1x IIV, 1x PM* for Pods: 1x WTP, 1x BFU
FE M12 Corby Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x CARP, 1x PM+HVP*, 1xPM+HVHL*, 1xPM+MDcU*
FE M13 Rothwell Retained 1x WrL, 1x IIV
FE M14 Oundle Retained 1x WrL, 1x IIV
FE M15 Thrapston Retained 1x WrL, 1x IIV, 1x CRV
FE M16 Raunds Retained 1x WrL, 1x IIV
FE M17 Burton Latimer Retained 1x WrL, 1x CRV, 1x IIV
FE M18 Desborough Retained 1x WrL, 1x IIV
FE M19 Earls Barton Retained 1x WrL, 1x IIV
FE M20/M28 Wellingborough Wholetime/Retained 1x WrL, 1x CPA, 1x WRU/ARU, 1x WRU+IrbT
FE M21 Irthlingborough Retained 1x WrL, 1x IIV
FE M22 Rushden Day Crewed/Retained 1x WrL, 1x CPA, 1x CRV

Vehicles and appliances

Vehicles and Appliances Assigned to Stations
Code Name Full Name Callsign Count Notes
WrL Pump P1/P2 23 assigned to 22 stations
CPA Compact Appliance P3 4 assigned to 4 stations
CARP Combined Aerial Rescue Pump P6 2 assigned to 2 stations
ARP Aerial Rescue Platform A1 1 assigned to 1 station Ex CARP, modified to have no pumping capability
RIV Rapid Intervention Vehicle L1 1 assigned to 1 station Withdrawn from operational use
TIV Tactical Intervention Vehicle L1/ L2 2 assigned to 2 stations
WrC Water Carrier W1 2 assigned to 2 stations
HVP High Volume Pump T8 1 assigned to Corby (M12) Government issued
HVHL Double Hose Layer Unit T9 1 assigned to Corby (M12) Government issued
IIV Initial Intervention Vehicle R4/R5 14 assigned to 14 stations
TRV Technical Rescue Vehicle R1 1 assigned to 1 station
WRU Water Rescue Unit B1 2 assigned to 2 stations
IrbT Inshore Rescue Boat B2 1 assigned to 2 stations
A/WRU Animal/Water Rescue Unit R1 1 assigned to 1 station
CRV Co-Responder Vehicle V1 2 assigned to 2 stations
LRU Line Rescue Unit R1 1 assigned to 1 station Withdrawn from operational use
JCU Joint Command Unit C1 1 assigned to 1 station Shared with Northamptonshire Police
ATF Arson Task Force F1 1 assigned to 1 station
COV Community Outreach Vehicle C1 1 assigned to 1 station Shared with Northamptonshire Police
PM Prime Mover T2/T8/T9 5 assigned to 3 stations
NFRS Vehicles and Appliances (Used for Training, Administration and Support)
Full Name Count Notes
Pumps 5 unassigned Used for major incidents, backups, training and spares.
Hose Carries 2 unassigned Used for major incidents and training.
Crew Carrier 22 assigned to 22 stations Used for major incidents.
Fire Investigation Dog Van 1 unassigned Used for fire investigations.
Unmarked Officer Car 3 assigned to Area Managers

22 assigned to Station Managers

Used for officer transport to incidents and scenes.
Hydrant Maintenance Vehicle Unknown Used to maintain hydrants across Northamptonshire.
Appliance Maintenance Vehicle Unknown Used to maintain fleet of NFRS vehicles and appliances.
General Purpose Support Vehicle Unknown Used as a general purpose repairs and maintenance.
Large Crew Transport Van Unknown Used for transport to major incidents and training.
Vehicles that are Unassigned or have an Unknown Location
Code Name Full Name Callsign Notes
WTP Water Carrier N900 Used to transport large amounts of water to incidents
BFU Bulk Foam Unit N901 Used to transport large amounts of foam to incidents
BASU Breathing Apparatus Support Unit N801 Used to transport extra cylinders and masks
WelFU Welfare Unit N800 Used at incidents and events to provide relief to crews
GPP General Purpose Pod N802 Used to transport equipment to incidents
MDU Mass Decontaminaiton Unit N/A Used for Emergency chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear response

See also

References

  1. ^ "Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service - Northamptonshire County Council". Archived from the original on 27 November 2018. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service". HMICFRS. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Inside | Office of Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner". Office of Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Fire stations". Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Take a look around new police base near Kettering". Daily Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service causes of concern revisit". HMICFRS. 19 March 2021. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Northamptonshire 2018/19". His Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HIMCFRS). 20 June 2019. Retrieved 22 November 2021.