Skip to main content

Fire Services: Mentally Ill

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire fighters were diagnosed with mental health problems in each year since 1997. (208066)

Information on the number of firefighters diagnosed with mental health problems is not held centrally. Available information is for ill-health retirements on grounds of mental health, from 2001-02, and is set out in the following table. Figures for 1999-2000 and 2000-01 are for all Fire and Rescue Service staff and relate to ill-health retirements on psychological grounds.

Ill-health retirements in England on psychological1 and mental health2 grounds

All staff

1999-2000

134

2000-01

137

Firefighters

2001-02

140

2002-03

127

2003-04

114

2004-05

79

2005-06

53

2006-07

27

Notes: 1. 1999-2000 and 2000-01. Figures relate to all staff, separate figures for firefighters are not available. 2. 2001-02 to 2006-07.