Changing our Service

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) is committed to achieving its vision of creating the safest community, and continues to deliver first rate fire and rescue provision across the five local authority areas it serves.  

Like most of the public sector, fire and rescue is subject to extensive budget cuts across the country, as part of the Government Spending Review. This requires careful planning and innovative solutions, to manage resources effectively without compromising the delivery of our services.

In March 2014, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority agreed a four year Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP), which underpins an extensive review of all aspects of the Service.  

The current phase of this plan is an Organisation and Management Review (OMR), focusing on support functions as well as senior and general management roles across the Service. A thorough review of the organisational structure has been undertaken, resulting in a revised structure which was approved by the Fire Authority on 12 September 2016.  

The new structure was introduced in early 2017 and saw the delivery of our services across Tyne and Wear managed in three geographical areas - north, east and west - replacing the previous arrangement of five (one for each local authority area). This enhances our flexibility to provide comprehensive cover across the whole service area, utilising the same resources and fire stations more efficiently.

Frontline operational roles, the control room function, cleaning and catering services are not included in the scope for the OMR as they have already been considered in previous reviews.

Since 2010/11 the Service has seen significant funding reductions, and indications from the government are that this will continue until 2019/2020. Therefore, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority still faces significant financial challenges.  

To view the IRMP, follow the link below.  

Integrated Risk Management Plan 2014-2017

Integrated Risk Management Plan - our achievements so far.