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Fire Services: South West

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the current establishment is in each fire control room for every South West Fire and Rescue Authority; and what the anticipated establishment is at the Regional Control Centre in Taunton. (199481)

The current establishment and actual number of staff employed as at 31 March 2007 in each control room in the South West is given in the table as follows:

Fire and Rescue Authority

Establishment1 (FTE)

Number Employed 2(FTE)

Avon

32

36

Cornwall

15

15.5

Devon

26

30

Dorset

21

25.5

Gloucestershire

25

24.19

Isles of Scilly

0

Somerset

18.5

22.5

Wiltshire

23

26

Total

160.5

179.69

1 “Establishment” is the agreed staffing level within each control room shown as Full Time Equivalent Employees.

2 “Number employed” is the actual number of people who currently work in each control room (Full Time Equivalents). This figure is often greater than establishment as it includes, for example, cover for maternity leave, secondments etc.

Decisions about exact staffing levels will be a matter for the South West Fire Control Service Ltd. to decide. The Fire and Rescue Authorities included in this company are; Avon, Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Isles of Scilly and Wiltshire.