Hartlepool District serves around 91,000 people living in 17 wards ranging from socially deprived areas to high-end executive housing. The district aims to ensure every resident will have a working smoke alarm and a home fire safety visit, and aims to reduce arson and antisocial behaviour in the Borough.
Hartlepool District Manager Ian McHugh is responsible for all fire brigade operational and business activity within the district. He oversees an area with a commercial base centred around the service and retail sectors, as well as pockets of heavy industry ranging from oil industry fabrication to chemical plants producing, storing or processing hazardous chemicals in 2 top tier Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) sites. The service and retail sectors are dispersed around the town on several industrial estates and two sizable shopping centres. In addition there is a nuclear power station, a busy marina, a multiplex cinema, a hospital and football stadium.
The district also covers 3 main arterial roads, the A689, A19 and A179 linking the town to important residential and commercial areas of the region.
Partnership and community working is well developed across the district at the neighbourhood, ward and parish levels. Neighbourhood Groups and Forums are well organised and divided geographically into 3 operating areas each with a neighbourhood manager. A network of local Consultative Forums and Joint Action Groups support community interaction through 8 Neighbourhood Action Plans.
Each fire station manages its own high-risk properties and stretches of roads through risk footprints and a District Arson Property Register details properties vulnerable to arson and any arson prevention work carried out. Finally the district actively participates in the Local Strategic Partnership and through the Safer Hartlepool Partnership to reduce community risks. The district covers its area through two fire stations: