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Fire and Rescue Service

Volume 455: debated on Tuesday 16 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many training days were delivered at divisional level by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service during 2005-06. (114221)

The number of student training days delivered at NIFRS divisional level in 2005-06 was 9,273.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many training days were delivered by the Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre at (a) Boucher Road, Belfast and (b) Westland Road, Belfast in 2005-06. (114222)

The number of training days delivered at Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Training Centres in 2005-06 is as follows:

Days

Boucher Crescent

9,170

Westland Road

1,757

Total

10,927

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) work-related and (b) fire-related injuries were sustained by Northern Ireland firefighters in each year since 2000-01. (114234)

The following table and associated explanatory notes provides the information requested by the hon. Gentleman.

On-duty injuries to operational personnel

Incident-related injuries

Burn injuries at incidents

Total

2000-01

427

230

14

671

2001-02

402

176

9

587

2002-03

354

140

3

497

2003-04

291

157

7

455

2004-05

239

120

8

367

2005-06

194

70

1

265

Notes: 1. On-duty injuries to operational personnel include the total number of injuries sustained by whole-time or retained personnel. The majority of these fall within the categories of manual handling or slips/trips/falls. 2. Incident-related injuries include injuries that have occurred during the time that an appliance is en-route to an emergency incident, while the appliance is at the incident or while it is returning from the incident. 3. Burn injuries at incidents include burns or scalds that have occurred at emergency incidents.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effect on firefighters' safety of the shortfall in planned real-fire training reported by the Northern Ireland Audit Commission. (114235)

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are rigorously trained in accordance with UK Fire Service standards at Boucher Crescent Training Centre, Northland Fire Station in Londonderry and Westland Fire Station in Belfast, where NIFRS continues to conduct real fire and breathing apparatus training. In addition, all firefighters are given on-going training throughout their careers. The service is implementing the national integrated personal development system (IPDS) which is a competency-based training programme designed to provide firefighters with the skills required for specific roles.

NIFRS continually assesses firefighter safety and monitors any reported injury to identify whether lack of training has been a contributory factor.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service has also mitigated the shortfall in training reported by the NI Audit Office by implementing other training methods such as simulation training and practical training at local fire station level. NIFRS confidence in the success of these measures is reflected in the year-on-year reduction in firefighter injuries.