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Fire Services: Manpower

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Fire Service firefighters were employed by the Fire and Rescue Service in (a) England, (b) the West Midlands and (c) Shropshire in (i) 2006, (ii) 2007 and (iii) 2008. (295994)

The number of firefighters employed in fire and rescue services for (a) England, (b) the West Midlands region and (c) Shropshire are shown in the following table.

Number of firefighters in fire and rescue services in England, the West Midlands region and Shropshire, 2006-08

31 March 2006

31 March 2007

31 March 2008

Whole-time

Retained duty system

Whole-time

Retained duty system

Whole-time

Retained duty system

England

30,708

13,927

30,804

14,212

30,824

14,166

West Midlands

3,078

1,241

3,171

1,252

3,214

1,279

Shropshire

203

293

215

302

214

325

Source:

Annual returns to CLG.