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Fire Services: Recruitment

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) target and (b) actual number of fire brigade officers recruited in England and Wales was in each of the last five years. (187855)

The number of successful firefighter applicants (whole-time and retained) are shown as follows:

Successful firefighter applicants: England and Wales 2001-02 to 2005-06

Number

2001-02

3,175

2002-03

2,977

2003-04

2,874

2004-05

2,239

2005-06

2,606

There is currently no national recruitment target for firefighters in England. Fire and Rescue Authorities may have their own local recruitment targets.