Fire Service Research and Training Trust (FSRTT)

FSRTT logoWe are delighted to announce the relaunch of the partnership between the Fire Service Research and Training Trust (FSRTT) and the Institution of Fire Engineers

Origins of the Trust

Under the Fire Brigades Act of 1938 the UK insurance industry paid a lump sum to the Government in return for which it no longer contributed to certain local fire service expenditure. Part of the lump sum was distributed to local fire authorities at that time, while the remaining £285k was paid into a Trust to fund its purposes.

The Trust did not operate during WW2.  The fire service was returned to local government in 1948 and grants have been made regularly in accordance with the terms of the original Declaration of Trust.  Active management of investments for most of the Trust’s life has offset inflation and increased the value of the Trust.

The FSRTT has charity funds intended to be invested in supporting applicants undertaking training, or people studying fire related programmes for the benefit of fire related research. 

The FSRTT receive many requests for support, which the Trustees consider would benefit from external assessment and benchmarking, in particular the informed analysis of requests and the effective administration of the distribution of monies.

The IFE continually seek to support those studying fire issues and have drawn on the resources of several senior fire professionals who have knowledge of fire learning programmes who will analyse applications made to the Trust and make their recommendations.  The IFE are able to manage the receipt of these applications and administer the process of receiving monies from the FSRTT and allocate sums to successful applicants.

The requests for funding will only be open to anyone within the UK.

Objectives of the Trust

The Trust is established to promote and assist:

  • Research into methods of extinguishing fires and of protecting life and property from fire;
  • Fire-related training;
  • Improvements of community fire safety;
  • Efficiency and effectiveness of the UK fire industry as a whole.

What kind of application may be eligible?

Ones that:

  • Promotes fire research, the development of fire-related training or proposes to break new ground in fire prevention, fire protection of rescue techniques;
  • Demonstrates there is no obvious alternative source of sufficient financing;
  • Will directly or indirectly benefit the British public and/or promote the safety and effectiveness of its fire service personnel;
  • Shows the applicant will be dedicating a significant amount of time, organisation and where appropriate finance;
  • Carries the endorsement of an academic body, professional association or public agency;
  • Does not exhibit any of the features listed below.

Eligible applications should not exhibit any of the following features:

  • The project does not correspond with or is marginal to the aims of the Trust;
  • The event/activity has already been or is being undertaken elsewhere;
  • The proposal is of a nature that would normally be financed from public funds or on the other hand appears to have the characteristics of a commercial venture;
  • It appears to be too speculative in terms of the likely benefit to the public and/or the fire service;
  • The necessary commitment of the person(s) involved is not amply demonstrated.

Please note that assuming an application avoids any of the features listed above, it will still be subject to the Trust’s policy and priorities and budget limitations at any particular time.


Please submit your completed application form and any supporting documentation to

Guidance notes for assistance in completing and applying for a grant are available here.