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Emergency Calls

Volume 164: debated on Thursday 21 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many firemen have been (a) killed, (b) seriously injured and (c) slightly injured in the past 10 years (i) in accidents while proceeding to an emergency call and (ii) while at the scene of an emergency call.

During 1979–1988 fire brigades in England and Wales reported firefighters killed and injured in the course of duty as follows:

Killed in the course of operational duty
as a result of firefighting or a special ser vice callas a result of a road accidentInjured at an incident causing prolonged absence from duty
19792297
198031341
198120264
198242270
198350311
198430249
198514312
198601303
198743301
198800327
Totals23132,975

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have been (a) killed, (b) seriously injured and (c) slightly injured in each of the past 10 years in (i) accidents while proceeding to an emergency call and (ii) the execution of their duty.

The information is not available in the form requested. However, the following table sets out the number of deaths of police officers on duty during the years 1979 to 1988 inclusive, divided between homicides and other deaths, including accidental deaths.

HomicidesOther deathsTotal
19791910
1980145
19811910
198251015
198341216
198431215
1985167
1986099
19872911
1988213
Details of the circumstances surrounding these deaths are not held centrally. It is therefore not possible to determine whether deaths occurred in response to an emergency call, or, in the case of deaths not due to homicide whether death was accidental or due to negligence on the part of a person involved in the incident. Details of officers injured on duty are not held centrally.