11 October 2011


Please note this news release was published in October 2011 and may refer to out-of-date content.

Details of all fire incidents responded to by Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service are now being published on-line to give greater awareness and transparency of the work it carries out.

The incident publishing pages exist as part of a three month trial, and have been implemented to raise awareness of the types of incidents that the service attend on a daily basis to not only promotes greater awareness but provides greater transparency between the service and the local community.

Individuals can follow us via our website:
http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/fire-incidents where the fire service will list all incidents which we respond to. For large scale incidents publish further ‘incident updates’ once available.

People can also follow us on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/northantsfire where details of incidents the service are responding to will be published as soon as it is known exactly what the incident is.

Cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection Cllr Andre Gonzalez de Savage said: “We recognise that the number of people using social networking sites such as Twitter is rapidly expanding and through the use of modern technology we can use such sites to inform the community in a fast, effective way that is convenient to them.

“Although this is initially a trial, we anticipate this will be mainstreamed into how we improve our engagement with the community and promote transparency regarding the dynamic nature of our service.”

Chief Fire Officer Martyn Emberson said: "The growth of social networking and the internet has enabled us to be more transparent about our work within communities and we proud to launch this facility to enable the community to find out more about what we do."