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Fire Services: Manpower

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many firefighters there were per 100,000 residents in each fire and rescue authority area in England in (a) 1997, (b) 2004 and (c) the latest year for which figures are available; and how many such firefighters there were in each year in each region. (250704)

Information on the number of firefighters per 100,000 population and firefighters in England is shown as follows.

Firefighters per 100,000 resident population and number of firefighters

Firefighters per 100,000 residents

Number of firefighters

Fire authority

1997-98

2003-04

2007-08

1997-98

2003-04

2007-08

Avon

88

89

83

861

891

880

Bedfordshire and Luton

81

76

84

447

436

500

Royal Berkshire

74

73

68

588

584

562

Buckinghamshire

75

79

82

500

547

588

Cambridgeshire

90

87

83

624

635

632

Cheshire

82

82

78

806

815

782

Cleveland

124

118

114

685

657

636

Cornwall

122

121

115

590

618

608

Cumbria

147

149

150

718

729

743

Derbyshire

90

85

81

859

832

803

Devon and Somerset

116

119

116

1,779

1,898

1,929

Dorset

93

93

93

636

652

660

County Durham and Darlington

93

95

90

558

560

546

East Sussex

91

91

86

665

677

656

Essex

87

86

88

1,368

1,395

1,486

Gloucestershire

89

92

88

496

523

514

London

82

81

80

5,771

5,990

6,047

Greater Manchester

88

84

79

2,207

2,135

2,014

Hampshire

91

91

93

1,473

1,512

1,586

Hereford and Worcester

98

95

99

689

691

728

Hertfordshire

83

81

78

842

842

831

Humberside

117

122

120

1,026

1,072

1,092

Isles of Scilly1

2

2

2

44

51

51

Isle of Wight

176

162

154

224

221

215

Kent

110

105

106

1,697

1,681

1,741

Lancashire

97

96

89

1,374

1,374

1,298

Leicestershire

79

74

68

721

694

658

Lincolnshire

103

108

111

637

716

771

Merseyside

107

97

94

1,490

1,319

1,264

Norfolk

94

90

99

727

730

836

North Yorkshire

99

90

92

726

687

722

Northamptonshire

85

83

79

520

531

537

Northumberland

126

124

125

388

385

387

Nottinghamshire

88

91

89

898

936

943

Oxfordshire

85

87

93

506

538

593

Shropshire

111

114

119

472

510

539

South Yorkshire

76

77

70

973

977

911

Staffordshire

80

83

79

837

867

844

Suffolk

101

95

106

666

643

752

Surrey

83

75

71

864

803

778

Tyne and Wear

93

92

86

1,036

993

933

Warwickshire

98

91

83

487

475

438

West Midlands

80

77

75

2,073

1,979

1,944

West Sussex

98

93

96

720

704

744

West Yorkshire

92

87

78

1,906

1,823

1,692

Wiltshire

90

87

90

536

543

576

England

92

90

88

44,710

44,871

44,990

1 Firefighters per 100 population

Source:

Annual returns to Communities and Local Government