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Emergency Services: Accidents

Volume 473: debated on Friday 14 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2008, Official Report, column 538W, on emergency services: accidents, how many accidents occurred involving blue light vehicles from the (a) police force, (b) fire service and (c) ambulance service in each of the last five years; and how many (i) deaths and (ii) serious injuries resulted from accidents in each such category, broken down by region. (190861)

The numbers of reported personal injury road accidents involving vehicles from (a) the police force, (b) the fire service and (c) the ambulance service and the number of resulting fatalities and seriously injured casualties in each region for each of the last five years are shown in the tables:

(a) Police

Number of accidents

Government Office Regions

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

North East

133

129

123

119

118

North West

352

291

333

362

351

Yorkshire and the Humber

351

311

320

274

259

East Midlands

171

165

157

122

109

West Midlands

219

232

238

198

218

East of England

195

189

198

162

160

South East

299

290

245

243

258

London

110

74

70

19

32

South West

171

149

157

165

161

Wales

88

88

95

82

91

Scotland

95

107

90

71

70

Great Britain

2,184

2,025

2,026

1,817

1,827

(b) Fire service

Number of accidents

Government Office Regions

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

North East

9

4

11

3

4

North West

20

25

17

17

9

Yorkshire and the Humber

20

11

7

7

6

East Midlands

4

7

9

4

5

West Midlands

7

15

14

3

1.2

East of England

10

6

10

13

9

South East

8

15

18

15

11

London

12

16

11

7

17

South West

9

10

9

10

7

Wales

3

6

5

3

4

Scotland

8

10

7

9

7

Great Britain

110

125

118

91

91

(c) Ambulance service

Number of accidents

Government Office Regions

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

North East

8

7

11

10

18

North West

46

44

35

36

24

Yorkshire and the Humber

40

37

30

33

25

East Midlands

20

25

26

24

23

West Midlands

28

36

31

20

23

East of England

34

26

22

16

21

South East

37

49

30

45

44

London

42

47

47

34

31

South West

19

38

31

26

27

Wales

20

29

14

20

19

Scotland

14

15

15

20

19

Great Britain

308

353

292

284

274

(a) Police

Number of casualties

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Government Office Regions

Fatal

Serious

Fatal

Serious

Fatal

Serious

Fatal

Serious

Fatal

Serious

North East

2

10

1

16

3

20

0

19

2

13

North West

7

57

9

26

3

58

7

47

11

55

Yorkshire and the Humber

1

54

0

29

3

47

2

46.

6

33

East Midlands

8

26

3

23

6

23

0

13

1

26

West Midlands

1

28

3

29

3

35

2

23

3

25

East of England

5

33

4

28

3

19

3

20

1

23

South East

2

53

4

41

5

35

7

31

4

30

London

1

21

0

4

1

15

0

0

0

6*

South West

3

26

1

15

2

25

2

13

1

18

Wales

4

10

1

9

1

4

1

7

0

8

Scotland

0

15

1

25

1

12

2

3

1

7

Great Britain

34

333

27

245

31

293

26

222

30

244

(b) Fire service

Number of casualties

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Government Office Regions

Fatal

Serious

Fatal

Serious

Fatal

Serious

Fatal

Serious

Fatal

Serious

North East

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

2

North West

0

0

1

0

1

3

0

2

0

1

Yorkshire and the Humber

0

3

1

7

2

2

0

1

0

0

East Midlands

0

0

1

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

West Midlands

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

East of England

0

1

1

0

0

1

0

2

0

1

South East

0

2

0

1

0

6

0

2

0

4

London

0

0

0

8

0

2

0

2

0

7

South West

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Wales

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

Scotland

0

0

0

3

0

2

1

3

0

0

Great Britain

0

9

4

24

4

18

2

13

0

18

(c) Ambulance service

Number of casualties

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Government Office Regions

Fatal

Serious

Fatal

Serious

Fatal

Serious

Fatal

Serious

Fatal

Serious

North East

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

North West

0

3

0

4

0

3

0

0

0

5

Yorkshire and the Humber

0

9

0

5

0

8

0

10

0

3

East Midlands

0

4

2

3

3

4

0

2

0

5

West Midlands

0

4

0

4

0

1

0

3

0

0

East of England

1

5

1

3

1

5

2

3

1

6

South East

1

11

2

5

0

1

1

3

1

6

London

1

8

3

17

0

11

0

4

1

10

South West

2

4

2

5

0

4

0

1

1

2

Wales

0

3

1

1

0

1

1

2

0

3

Scotland

0

1

0

6

0

5

1

4

1

2

Great Britain

5

52

11

54

4

43

5

32

5

43