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Fire Service

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) wholetime firefighters and (b) retained firefighters were employed on 11 September (i) 2001 and (ii) in each subsequent year, broken down by fire authority area. (103280)

The following information covers the number of whole-time and retained duty system firefighters employed by the Fire and Rescue Services in England over the period 2001-02 to 2004-05 (at 31 March in each year).

Number of fire and rescue service staff in post—whole-time and retained duty system 2001-02 to 2004-05 (at 31 March)

Whole-time

Retained duty system

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

Avon

651

639

678

669

218

215

213

220

Bedfordshire and Luton

334

319

330

323

151

139

106

150

Buckinghamshire

304

330

352

349

190

200

195

184

Cambridgeshire

274

273

285

273

344

327

350

369

Cheshire

626

623

616

602

190

199

199

198

Cleveland

610

586

570

563

85

89

87

90

Cornwall

183

192

205

201

425

431

413

418

County Durham and Darlington

412

407

402

385

161

160

158

154

Cumbria

274

274

271

274

439

461

458

467

Derbyshire

482

467

479

475

364

341

353

354

Devon

538

565

575

562

727

728

771

825

Dorset

298

304

309

302

331

332

343

357

East Sussex

423

423

453

434

240

291

224

241

Essex

948

937

920

936

477

472

475

488

Gloucestershire

226

233

238

239

289

298

285

296

Greater Manchester

2,148

2,139

2,100

2,028

38

20

35

38

Hampshire

770

799

808

790

688

673

704

707

Hereford and Worcester

352

351

347

319

355

355

344

340

Hertfordshire

570

564

574

564

261

208

268

257

Humberside

720

721

728

710

327

335

344

351

Isle of Wight

59

61

58

63

153

163

163

148

Isles of Scilly

10

10

11

11

34

34

40

39

Kent

951

938

942

892

736

719

739

111

Lancashire

1,002

1,008

990

957

357

369

384

402

Leicestershire

476

478

476

477

225

218

218

262

Lincolnshire

187

192

187

195

495

498

529

506

London

5,758

5,758

5,990

5,815

0

0

0

0

Merseyside

1,317

1,342

1,319

1,276

0

0

0

21

Norfolk

308

288

295

281

405

426

435

501

North Yorkshire

364

351

363

358

366

392

324

381

Northamptonshire

292

307

311

302

242

228

220

237

Northumberland

208

209

198

193

187

177

187

189

Nottinghamshire

576

589

587

549

354

356

349

339

Oxfordshire

231

233

245

237

319

320

293

301

Royal Berkshire

397

436

430

422

155

168

154

137

Shropshire

206

216

216

208

299

289

294

294

Somerset

181

181

179

184

372

364

373

377

South Yorkshire

923

914

918

878

58

63

59

54

Staffordshire

471

471

470

447

398

420

397

424

Suffolk

253

250

244

257

401

415

399

425

Surrey

686

693

669

673

129

130

134

133

Tyne and Wear

1,009

999

970

945

23

23

23

23

Warwickshire

282

279

284

276

178

189

191

179

West Midlands

2,028

1,971

1,968

1,944

9

11

11

11

West Sussex

393

395

409

394

311

323

295

353

West Yorkshire

1,660

1,678

1,658

1,602

163

159

165

187

Wiltshire

221

221

229

219

344

316

314

339

England

31,592

31,614

31,856

31,053

13,013

13,044

13,015

13,543

Source:

Fire and Rescue Service returns to Department for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many persons were rescued alive from fires in dwellings by the fire service in each year since 1994. [R] (103281)

The available information is set out as follows:

Number of persons rescued alive from fires in dwellings: England

Rescues

1994

2,716

1995

2,952

1996

3,002

1997

3,048

1998

3,111

1999

3,295

2000

4,268

2001

3,588

20021

4,169

20031

3,868

2004

3,316

20052

3,246

1 Figures include estimates for incidents not recorded during periods of industrial action

2 Provisional data

Source:

FDR1 returns from fire and rescue services to the Department for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) aircraft accidents were attended by the fire service and (b) people were rescued alive from aircraft accidents by the fire service in each year since 1994. (103282)

The available information covers the number of aircraft accidents attended by fire and rescue services, details of any associated rescues are not held centrally.

Number of aircraft accidents attended by fire and rescue services in England

Number

1994-95

259

1995-96

309

1996-97

317

1997-98

299

1998-99

378

1999-2000

231

2000-01

194

2001-02

259

2002-03

178

2003-04

211

2004-05

238

Source:

Fire and rescue service returns to the Department for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) railway accidents were attended by the fire service and (b) people were rescued alive from railway accidents by the fire service in each year since 1994. [R] (103283)

The available information covers the number of railway accidents (above and below ground) attended by fire and rescue services, details of any associated rescues are not held centrally.

Number of railway incidents attended by fire and rescue services in England

Number

1994-95

96

1995-96

93

1996-97

75

1997-98

131

1998-99

92

1999-2000

67

2000-01

108

2001-02

92

2002-03

97

2003-04

69

2004-05

75

Source:

Fire and rescue service returns to the Department for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many lift rescues were carried out by the fire service in each year since 1994. (103284)

The number of lift release incidents attended by fire and rescue services in England is set out as follows:

Number of incidents

1994-95

23,005

1995-96

24,446

1996-97

23,070

1997-98

24,013

1998-99

23,689

1999-2000

24,124

2000-02

24,477

2001-02

25,709

2002-03

25,326

2003-04

26,001

2004-05

24,105

Source:

Fire and rescue service returns to Department for Communities and Local Government