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Head of Response 
Neath Port Talbot​ County Command

Chris Howells

0370 6060699



​The County of Neath Port Talbot covers an area of 442 square kilometres and with a population of approximately 139k  is the 8th highest populated County in Wales. The majority of the people who live in the County, live in or around the three principle towns of Neath, Port Talbot and Pontardawe whilst the remainder live within the many small and medium sized communities sprinkled throughout the region.

The County contains a wide and varied range of risks, including sites such as Tata Steel, BOC, Vale Inco, the UK’s largest Biomass Power Plant and the 320000 square metres Intertissue Paper Mill. Alongside this, the County also has a deep water harbour, the M4 Motorway, dual carriageways, high speed rail links, extensive forested areas and numerous Coastal and Inland Waterways, making the Command an interesting and challenging place in which to work.

The County of Neath Port Talbot is one of six to make up the area of Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service. The administrative headquarters for the Command is located on the first floor at Neath Fire Station.

There are seven Fire Stations within the Command. These are located at Neath, Glynneath, Cymmer, Port Talbot, Seven Sisters, Pontardawe and Gwaun Cae Gurwen.​

Name: Simon Pearson
Title: Response Manager
Tel: 01792 705223​

Name: Conrad Cole
Title: Response Manager
Tel: 01792 705268​

Our work within the three key areas of Protection, Prevention and Response has reduced the amount of incidents we attend, most notably fires in houses and buildings and wildfire incidents involving grassland, and forestry. ​


​When a fire breaks out it spreads so quickly that by the time the Fire and Rescue Service arrives it is often too late. The same can be said for Road Traffic Collisions, once the collision has occurred the damage has been done. The most effective way of protecting people from the effects of accidents and emergencies is to prevent the incidents happening in the first place.

We therefore focus on giving free safety education to all members of the public.

Our preventative activities are based upon the type of incidents we attended, the five main categories are:

• Home Safety 

• Schools Education 

• Road Safety

• Youth Engagement

​• Arson


Fire Safety Officers undertake inspections of various public buildings and workplaces to keep the public safe from fire. We do this by,

Ensuring fire safety protection is designed into new or materially altered homes, offices and other buildings. This involves working closely with Building Control to ensure Building Regulation Standards are met.

Inspection, through Fire Safety Legislation, which sets out employers’ and others’ responsibilities for providing and maintaining a safe environment.

Education that supports Fire Safety Legislation enforcement and community fire safety initiatives which aim to promote fire safe behaviour.


In Neath Port Talbot, we attend on average approximately 1,700 incidents a year including property fires, wildfires, Road Traffic Collisions, floods, animal rescues and other emergencies.

To deal with this demand our highly skilled Firefighters provide around the clock emergency cover, responding to incidents in one or more of our 8 front-line fire engines, equipped with the latest equipment and supported by a number of specialist vehicles. We monitor our performance continuously and are committed to improving efficiency and effectiveness wherever we can.