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Fire Services: Standards

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the response times to emergency calls were for each fire service in each year since 2000. (197956)

The following table shows the average response times of fire and rescue services in England between 2000 and 2006, the most recent calendar year for which data are available. The table shows the time from the initial call to attendance and covers primary fires only—response times to other incidents are not collected centrally by DCLG. Please note that figures for 2006 are provisional.

Average response time to fires1, 2, 3 by FRS area and year of call, England, 2000 to 20064

FRS area

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

42006

England

6.3

6.3

6.4

6.6

6.8

7.1

7.2

England—non-met counties

7.2

7.3

7.4

7.5

7.6

7.9

8.0

Avon

6.3

6.5

6.7

6.9

7.4

7.8

7.8

Bedfordshire

6.6

7.1

6.9

6.7

7.2

7.0

7.3

Berkshire

6.7

7.1

7.1

7.5

7.2

7.4

7.7

Buckinghamshire

7.8

7.9

8.2

8.0

8.3

8.4

8.5

Cambridgeshire

8.7

8.6

8.8

9.1

9.0

9.2

9.7

Cheshire

6.4

6.9

6.7

6.9

7.2

7.3

7.6

Cleveland

4.9

4.9

5.2

5.1

5.1

5.5

5.6

Cornwall

9.2

9.0

9.8

9.8

9.9

9.8

9.9

Cumbria

7.8

7.9

8.3

8.3

8.6

8.8

8.7

Derbyshire

6.9

7.1

7.2

7.3

7.5

7.6

7.8

Devon

6.7

6.6

6.9

6.8

8.0

7.6

7.5

Dorset

7.2

6.9

7.2

6.7

7.1

7.9

8.1

Durham

7.4

7.7

7.6

7.7

7.7

8.0

8.2

East Sussex

6.7

6.2

6.6

6.7

6.5

6.6

6.8

Essex

7.2

7.1

7.3

6.9

7.6

7.6

7.9

Gloucestershire

8.6

8.5

8.4

8.5

9.2

8.9

9.1

Hampshire

6.9

7.0

7.0

7.4

7.4

7.5

7.5

Hereford & Worcester

7.9

8.1

8.5

8.3

8.3

8.9

8.5

Hertfordshire

7.2

7.0

7.2

7.4

7.0

7.2

7.1

Humberside

5.9

5.8

5.8

6.0

6.0

6.3

6.3

Isle of Wight

6.9

7.6

7.2

7.2

7.2

6.6

7.2

Kent

7.9

7.5

7.5

7.6

7.4

7.7

7.5

Lancashire

5.7

5.9

6.3

6.7

6.6

6.7

6.9

Leicestershire

6.5

6.7

6.6

6.7

6.9

7.2

7.9

Lincolnshire

9.0

8.7

9.5

9.8

9.9

10.2

10.2

Norfolk

8.8

8.6

8.0

8.0

7.8

9.1

9.1

North Yorkshire

7.8

7.7

7.9

8.4

8.6

8.8

8.7

Northamptonshire

6.5

6.5

6.4

6.8

7.4

7.6

7.7

Northumberland

7.2

7.5

7.6

8.0

8.1

8.6

8.3

Nottinghamshire

5.9

5.9

5.9

6.4

6.3

6.8

6.6

Oxfordshire

7.8

8.3

8.8

9.1

8.8

9.0

9.1

Shropshire

7.8

8.8

8.5

8.9

8.1

8.4

8.5

Somerset

7.8

8.0

8.7

8.3

9.2

9.6

9.6

Staffordshire

7.8

7.5

7.6

7.7

8.3

8.7

8.8

Suffolk

8.7

8.8

9.0

9.3

9.0

9.5

9.2

Surrey

7.4

7.9

7.8

8.3

8.0

8.6

8.5

Warwickshire

7.1

7.8

7.7

7.7

8.5

7.3

8.0

West Sussex

7,5

7.5

7.5

8.0

8.2

9.0

8.6

Wiltshire

8.4

9.3

7.8

8.9

8.8

9.9

9.7

Isles of Scilly

7.0

8.0

7.0

9.0

9.5

9.0

7.3

England—met counties

5.4

5.6

5.6

5.9

6.0

6.1

6.4

Greater Manchester

6.1

6.1

5.9

6.0

6.0

6.3

6.8

Merseyside

5.3

5.4

5.5

5.7

5.8

6.2

6.1

South Yorkshire

6.5

6.7

6.4

6.5

6.6

6.8

6.9

Tyne & Wear

5.1

5.1

5.0

5.3

5.2

5.4

5.5

West Midlands

5.2

5.3

5.3

5.6

6.0

6.1

6.2

West Yorkshire

6.5

6.2

6.3

6.8

6.7

6.8

7.0

Greater London

4.9

5.0

5.1

5.1

5.4

5.5

5.5

1 Excluding late call and heat and smoke damage only incidents.

2 Excluding incidents not recorded during periods of industrial action in 2002 and 2003.

3 A small number of incidents with response time greater than an hour have been excluded so that results are not skewed by likely reporting errors.

4 Provisional.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average response times to emergency calls were for each fire service in each year since 2000. (198059)

The following table shows the average response times of fire and rescue services in England between 2000 and 2006, the most recent calendar year for which data are available. The table shows the time from the initial call to attendance and covers primary fires only—response times to other incidents are not collected centrally by DCLG. Please note that figures for 2006 are provisional.

Average response time to fires1,2,3 by FRS area and year of call, England, 2000-064

FRS area

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

20064

England

6.3

6.3

6.4

6.6

6.8

7.1

7.2

England—Non-Met counties

7.2

7.3

7.4

7.5

7.6

7.9

8.0

Avon

6.3

6.5

6.7

6.9

7.4

7.8

7.8

Bedfordshire

6.6

7.1

6.9

6.7

7.2

7.0

7.3

Berkshire

6.7

7.1

7.1

7.5

7.2

7.4

7.7

Buckinghamshire

7.8

7.9

8.2

8.0

8.3

8.4

8.5

Cambridgeshire

8.7

8.6

8.8

9.1

9.0

9.2

9.7

Cheshire

6.4

6.9

6.7

6.9

7.2

7.3

7.6

Cleveland

4.9

4.9

5.2

5.1

5.1

5.5

5.6

Cornwall

9.2

9.0

9.8

9.8

9.9

9.8

9.9

Cumbria

7.8

7.9

8.3

8.3

8.6

8.8

8.7

Derbyshire

6.9

7.1

7.2

7.3

7.5

7.6

7.8

Devon

6.7

6.6

6.9

6.8

8.0

7.6

7.5

Dorset

7.2

6.9

7.2

6.7

7.1

7.9

8.1

Durham

7.4

7.7

7.6

7.7

7.7

8.0

8.2

East Sussex

6.7

6.2

6.6

6.7

6.5

6.6

6.8

Essex

7.2

7.1

7.3

6.9

7.6

7.6

7.9

Gloucestershire

8.6

8.5

8.4

8.5

9.2

8.9

9.1

Hampshire

6.9

7.0

7.0

7.4

7.4

7.5

7.5

Hereford and Worcester

7.9

8.1

8.5

8.3

8.3

8.9

8.5

Hertfordshire

7.2

7.0

7.2

7.4

7.0

7.2

7.1

Humberside

5.9

5.8

5.8

6.0

6.0

6.3

6.3

Isle of Wight

6.9

7.6

7.2

7.2

7.2

6.6

7.2

Kent

7.9

7.5

7.5

7.6

7.4

7.7

7.5

Lancashire

5.7

5.9

6.3

6.7

6.6

6.7

6.9

Leicestershire

6.5

6.7

6.6

6.7

6.9

7.2

7.9

Lincolnshire

9.0

8.7

9.5

9.8

9.9

10.2

10.2

Norfolk

8.8

8.6

8.0

8.0

7.8

9.1

9.1

North Yorkshire

7.8

7.7

7.9

8.4

8.6

8.8

8.7

Northamptonshire

6.5

6.5

6.4

6.8

7.4

7.6

7.7

Northumberland

7.2

7.5

7.6

8.0

8.1

8.6

8.3

Nottinghamshire

5.9

5.9

5.9

6.4

6.3

6.8

6.6

Oxfordshire

7.8

8.3

8.8

9.1

8.8

9.0

9.1

Shropshire

7.8

8.8

8.5

8.9

8.1

8.4

8.5

Somerset

7.8

8.0

8.7

8.3

9.2

9.6

9.6

Staffordshire

7.8

7.5

7.6

7.7

8.3

8.7

8.8

Suffolk

8.7

8.8

9.0

9.3

9.0

9.5

9.2

Surrey

7.4

7.9

7.8

8.3

8.0

8.6

8.5

Warwickshire

7.1

7.8

7.7

7.7

8.5

7.3

8.0

West Sussex

7.5

7.5

7.5

8.0

8.2

9.0

8.6

Wiltshire

8.4

9.3

7.8

8.9

8.8

9.9

9.7

Isles of Scilly

7.0

8.0

7.0

9.0

9.5

9.0

7.3

England—Met counties

5.4

5.6

5.6

5.9

6.0

6.1

6.4

Greater Manchester

6.1

6.1

5.9

6.0

6.0

6.3

6.8

Merseyside

5.3

5.4

5.5

5.7

5.8

6.2

6.1

South Yorkshire

6.5

6.7

6.4

6.5

6.6

6.8

6.9

Tyne and Wear

5.1

5.1

5.0

5.3

5.2

5.4

5.5

West Midlands

5.2

5.3

5.3

5.6

6.0

6.1

6.2

West Yorkshire

6.5

6.2

6.3

6.8

6.7

6.8

7.0

Greater London

4.9

5.0

5.1

5.1

5.4

5.5

5.5

1 Excluding late call and heat and smoke damage only incidents

2 Excluding incidents not recorded during periods of industrial action in 2002 and 2003

3 A small number of incidents with response time greater than an hour have been excluded so that results are not skewed by likely reporting errors

4 Provisional