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Fire Services: Manpower

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 9 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) full-time and (b) retained fire officers there were in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement. (241430)

The number of whole-time and retained firefighters in England since 1997, as at 31 March each year, is shown as follows.

Whole-time and retained duty system firefighters in England

Whole-time

Retained

Total

1997

32,033

13,016

45,049

1998

31,855

12,847

44,702

1999

31,918

13,022

44,940

2000

31,616

13,021

44,637

2001

31,597

13,097

44,694

2002

31,592

13,013

44,605

2003

31,614

13,044

44,658

2004

31,856

13,015

44,871

2005

31,053

13,543

44,596

2006

30,744

13,927

44,671

2007

30,804

14,212

45,016

2008

30,824

14,166

44,990

Source:

Annual Returns to Communities and Local Government