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Fire Services

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has made available to fire authorities on the operational safety of firefighters in the last three years; and if she will make a statement. (235824)

Guidance is issued to fire and rescue authorities in many forms including fire and rescue service circulars, fire service manuals and generic risk assessments; guidance has also been issued through the New Dimension Programme to complement the vehicles, equipment and training associated with this.

Following the appointment of the chief fire and rescue adviser in October 2007, a framework for the future development of operational guidance has been developed, including a priority programme of work for 2008-09. This programme has begun and includes the involvement of a wide range of stakeholders. As part of this framework, an additional four pieces of operational guidance has recently been published and issued to all fire and rescue authorities.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 30 October 2008, Official Report, column 1264W, on Firebuy Ltd, what the (a) running costs and (b) business-generated income of Firebuy Ltd have been in the year to date. (235855)

In the period from 1 April to 31 October 2008, Firebuy Ltd's running costs were £1,439,872 and its business-generated income was £65,362.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) suppliers and (b) contractors have provided goods or services in relation to the FiReControl programme. (236082)

The suppliers listed as follows have been paid more than £500,000 since 2002. In addition, many other businesses have been paid smaller amounts.

Supplier

Services/goods

PA Consulting

Consultancy

EADS

IT Infrastructure Supplier

Turner and Townsend

Property advisers

Denton Wilde Sapte

Legal advisers

Actica

Consultancy

Atkins Transport Planning

Consultancy

Comwell Management Consultants

Consultancy

Leafrange Ltd.

RCC Estates (SW)

PKF

Financial advisers

Chief Fire Officers Association

Seconded Personnel

Electronic Commerce Assoc Ltd.

Consultancy

Lingley Mere

RCC Estates (NW)

Control Centre Partnership

RCC Estates (WM and NE)

Flagship Training Ltd.

Facilities Management

Innogistics

Software provider

Greater Manchester Fire

Seconded Fire Officers

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the minimum period is that a fire fighter must have trained before commencing operational duty. (236556)

It is the responsibility of individual fire and rescue authorities to ensure that their operational staff receive the appropriate training before carrying out operational duties.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire fighters died whilst on duty in each of the last 20 years. (236557)

The information requested, for the fire and rescue services in England, is shown in the following table.

Firefighter deaths while on duty, England 1988-89 to 2007-08

Number

1988-89

2

1989-90

5

1990-91

5

1991-92

4

1992-93

3

1993-94

3

1994-95

1

1995-961

1

1996-97

1

1997-982

3

1998-99

2

1999-2000

3

2000-01

3

2001-02

1

2002-033

3

2003-04

1

2004-05

4

2005-06

0

2006-074

2

2007-08

5

1 Excludes one firefighter death at a special service incident, while off duty.

2 Excludes one firefighter death in a road traffic collision while on a pump while off duty.

3 Excludes one firefighter death attending a fire, while off duty.

4 Excludes media technician died while attending a fire.

Source:

Communities and Local Government