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Fire Services: Manpower

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many emergency fire control staff are employed in local fire control rooms in each (a) fire authority and (b) region; and what indicative numbers are used by her Department for planning purposes of control staff required for each regional control centre under steady state operating conditions. (206787)

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given on 9 October 2007, Official Report, column 561-62W to the hon. Member for Beckenham (Mrs. Lait) which sets out the number of staff employed in each of the existing 46 control rooms. Staffing figures fluctuate for a number of reasons, including maternity cover, secondments etc.

I also refer my hon. Friend to the answer given on 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1856-57W to my hon. Friend the Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew) which details the indicative staffing figures for each of the nine Regional Control Centres (RCC). The actual number of staff employed will be a matter for each RCC Local Authority Control Company (LACC) to decide.