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Fire Services: Manpower

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many whole-time firefighters there were in each fire and rescue authority in each of the last five years. (202904)

[holding answer 1 May 2008]: The number of whole-time firefighters employed in each fire and rescue authority in England, for the years 2003 to 2007 is shown in the following table.

Whole-time firefighters in England as 31 April

Fire and rescue service

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Avon

639

678

669

690

682

Bedfordshire and Luton

319

330

323

317

321

Buckinghamshire

330

352

349

359

398

Cambridgeshire

273

285

273

258

277

Cheshire

623

616

602

567

562

Cleveland

586

570

563

561

562

Cornwall

192

205

201

200

193

County Durham and Darlington

407

402

385

372

387

Cumbria

274

271

274

268

274

Derbyshire

467

479

475

455

446

Devon

565

575

562

577

561

Dorset

304

309

302

307

298

East Sussex

423

453

434

424

426

Essex

937

920

936

981

945

Gloucestershire

233

238

239

234

247

Greater Manchester

2,139

2,100

2,028

1,902

1,938

Hampshire

799

808

790

808

802

Hereford and Worcester

351

347

319

330

342

Hertfordshire

564

574

564

569

560

Humberside

721

728

710

712

707

Isle of Wight

61

58

63

57

57

Isles of Scilly

10

11

11

10

11

Kent

938

942

892

901

930

Lancashire

1,008

990

957

912

898

Leicestershire

478

476

477

479

490

Lincolnshire

192

187

195

204

206

London

5,758

5,990

5,815

5,959

6,053

Merseyside

1,342

1,319

1,276

1,151

1,105

Norfolk

288

295

281

303

306

North Yorkshire

351

363

358

351

352

Northamptonshire

307

311

302

288

287

Northumberland

209

198

193

197

195

Nottinghamshire

589

587

549

564

577

Oxfordshire

233

245

237

240

243

Royal Berkshire

436

430

422

427

427

Shropshire

216

216

208

203

215

Somerset

181

179

184

180

179

South Yorkshire

914

918

878

870

834

Staffordshire

471

470

447

432

448

Suffolk

250

244

257

272

257

Surrey

693

669

673

655

639

Tyne and Wear

999

970

945

921

905

Warwickshire

279

284

276

277

262

West Midlands

1,971

1,968

1,944

1,836

1,904

West Sussex

395

409

394

400

373

West Yorkshire

1,678

1,658

1,602

1,550

1,512

Wiltshire

221

229

219

214

211

Total

31,614

31,856

31,053

30,744

30,804

Source:

Annual returns to Communities and Local Government