Our people

Our most important resource is our people. We currently employ approximately 470 staff who deliver services throughout the county.

We have:

  • 22 fire stations
  • one headquarters site, shared with Northamptonshire Police, at Wootton Hall in Northampton
  • three satellite sites:
    • Moulton Logistics Centre (MLC) (Northampton)
    • Walker House (Northampton)
    • The Headlands (Kettering)

The Chief Fire Officer (CFO), Deputy Chief Fire Officer (DCFO) and four Area Managers (AMs) come together to form the Fire Executive Group (FEG) for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS).

Each of their service areas are listed below:

CFO Darren Dovey

The priorities in the Fire and Rescue National Framework are:

  • to make provision for prevention and protection activities and respond to incidents appropriately
  • to work in partnership with our communities and a wide range of partners locally and nationally in order to deliver our service
  • to be accountable to our communities for the service we provide

The CFO is therefore responsible for all areas of NFRS. As part of the FEG structure, the CFO also oversees two community delivery areas within NFRS:

  • service delivery
  • operational support

DCFO David Harding

The DCFO oversees two corporate service areas within NFRS:

  • support services
  • business services

NFRS also work closely with Local Government Shared Services (LGSS) who provide HR advice, payroll and pension transactions and financial regulations.

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  • AM Mark Ainge AM Mark Ainge

    ​Within Service Delivery we have the following departments:

    • Community engagement
    • Community Risk Groups (CRGs)
    • Fire control
    • Protection
    • Prevention

    The CRGs manage the 22 fire stations which are crewed by both Wholetime (full time) Duty System (WDS) and Retained (on call) Duty System (RDS) personnel.

    The stations are split into 2 risk areas; North and West, each headed by a CRG Manager. They provide emergency response to incidents as well as carrying out prevention activities within the local community.

    Fire Control provide a 24/7 response to emergency calls, mobilising personnel, appliances and equipment to incidents.

    The Protection team aims to drive down risk in non-domestic premises. This is achieved through a risk based inspection programme of non-domestic premises under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRO) 2005. They provide advice and guidance to building developers, owners, occupiers, and employees on regulations and fire safety legislation including the enforcement of sports grounds legislation.

    The Prevention team includes personnel from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue and Northamptonshire Police. They oversee programmes and projects to ensure fire, road and community safety messages are delivered to the public and coordinate Home Fire Safety Checks (HFSC) for customers in the county.

  • AM Paul Greenwood AM Paul Greenwood

    Within Operational Support we have the following departments:

    • Training
    • Workforce Development
    • Commercial Strategy
    • Joint Operations Team
    • Operational Assurance
    • Operational Effectiveness

    The Training and Development team provide relevant training courses and utilise our Command and Development Centre (CDC), based at Daventry. They offer advice and assistance to Fire and Rescue and Northamptonshire Police staff as necessary.

    The Joint Operations Team has responsibility to support the response to operational emergencies. This responsibility is detailed within the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004, the Emergency Services Order 2007, the National Framework document, the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and by the Fire Authorities decisions.

    This team structure develops the department capability to enhance support to strategic and tactical co-ordinating groups and is made up of personnel from both Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue and Northamptonshire Police services.


  • AM Shaun Hallam AM Shaun Hallam

    Within Business Services we have the following departments:

    • Integrated Risk Management Planning (IRMP)
    • Performance Framework
    • Communications/Media
    • Service Information Team
    • Organisational Assurance
    • Corporate Communications (Northamptonshire Police)

    These teams support a comprehensive Performance Management framework across NFRS. They closely interact with colleagues in NCC and Northamptonshire Police, examining areas for interoperability.

    The Service Information Team provides a comprehensive support service to all customers of NFRS. They manage corporate service information and the fire publication scheme on the NCC website, as well as co-ordinating the administration of internal documents, forms and letters throughout NFRS. They also co-ordinate responses to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests and handle customer interaction.

    Working closely with LGSS, the Health and Safety team provide support and advice to NFRS. The service has a dedicated Health and Safety Adviser working with a Technical Support Officer to administer, inform and guide staff.

    Corporate Communications has reactive officers who provide media information for any major or serious incidents and set up media interviews with senior officers.

    They also have proactive officers who promote the vital work NFRS is doing to educate and inform residents about fire safety and prevention.

  • AM Rob Porter AM Rob Porter

    Within Support Services we have the following departments:

    • Fleet, Engineering and Equipment
    • Facilities Management
    • Information Communications Technology (ICT)

    The Engineering, Fleet and Facilities team manages vehicles and equipment as and when required for the Fire Service. They also undertake maintenance, repairs and inspections for Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) and Northamptonshire Police. The Facilities team maintain all fire stations and manage access control across Northamptonshire.

    The ICT team maintain the computerised, radio and telephony systems for NFRS.

    In addition they support a variety of bespoke databases and implement a number of project solutions. The Water Officer oversees the maintenance of a number of the county's hydrants.