What we do

  • Community safety Community safety

    We work to help people stay safe from fire and other emergencies, in the home, at work and in other buildings.

    Accidental fires in the home are the main cause of fire deaths and we do all we can to reduce these fatalities. We work to educate people about what they can do to protect themselves from fire.

    We do this through: 

    • Home fire safety visits
    • Working with other organisations
    • Informing people at a young age about the dangers of fire
    • Reducing deliberately started fires
    • Advising on fire safety in the workplace
    • Carry out inspections of buildings
  • Emergency response Emergency response

    ​We aim to ensure the very best response possible in an emergency, whatever the circumstances.

    This means answering emergency calls and getting the right equipment and staff to an incident as quickly as possible.

    We operate several fire stations, providing an emergency response 24 hours a day, all year round.

    Our staff are recognised for the work they do at a wide range of incidents. This includes responding to fires but may include rescues from collapsed buildings, car and rail crashes or other challenging scenarios.

    We measure the emergency response we provide against targets and our performance is scrutinised by the government.

  • Emergency planning Emergency planning

    ​Making sure Northamptonshire is prepared for a major incident or emergency is a priority for the Brigade.

    We work in partnership with the emergency services, local borough and district councils and other emergency response organisations to develop plans that will ensure a coordinated response in the event of an emergency.

    Partnership working is vital because the actions of one organisation in an emergency could impact on all of the other organisations involved.

    Our Emergency Planning team supports multi-agency partnership working.

    We are also responsible for leading on multi-agency plans to respond to accidents at major industrial sites within the county.

    We make sure that plans are written to deal with incidents at these locations, we hold public consultations and run exercises to test the plans.

  • Resilience Resilience

    ​Northamptonshire faces a range of new threats and hazards, and we are constantly developing plans to ensure that we are always prepared and resourced to provide whatever response is required.

    We have improved our capacity to deal with the consequences of terrorist attacks, extreme weather conditions and other large scale emergencies. Our firefighters are trained to quickly identify and deal with hazardous materials, or carry out complex rescues involving people, fire, wreckage or debris.

    A wide range of new vehicles and equipment has already been introduced with more coming into service.

    Planning our response to new threats and hazards, and giving necessary specialist training to our staff has been and will continue to be a priority.

Working with Northamptonshire Police as part of a summer campaign to track down those who break drink or drug driving laws.

Nearly 1,000 motorists tested

The operation, which was launched in June to coincide with the start of Euro 2016, saw 48 drivers recording alcohol levels above the legal limit. A total of 986 motorists were tested.