South Pennine Fire Operations Group

Co-ordinated by Pennine Prospects, the South Pennines Fire Operations Group brings together local authorities, fire and rescue services, major landowners and land managers. The group produces specialist fire plans, provides training and equipment and co-ordinates activity to reduce the threat posed by moorland fires.

Current membership of the group includes:

  • Six South Pennine local authorities: Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Lancashire, Oldham & Rochdale.
  • The fire and rescue services for Greater Manchester, Lancashire & West Yorkshire.
  • Major landowners such as United Utilities, Yorkshire Water Services, Peel Holdings and the National Trust.
  • Private estates and landowners.
  • Land managers and gamekeepers.

Between October 1 and April 15 some controlled burning by moorland landowners takes place, but a fire started outside of these dates is a wildfire and should be reported by dialing 999. Any person caught starting a wildfire can be prosecuted for arson.

For more information about the Fire Operations Group please contact Edie Jolley at Pennine Prospects, on 01274 431019 or by emailing, or read our leaflet which can be downloaded here.

The films below give an insight into the threat posed by moorland fire in the South Pennines and a perspective from individual members of the Fire Operations Group.

Introduction to the South Pennines Fire Operations Group from the chair, Danny Jackson Countryside & Rights of Way Manager at City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

The gamekeeper, Kevin Jaundrell.

The firefighter, Robin Ward of West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service.

The land manager, Bo Scholefield.