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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Various Questions

Reference No: 029/2014
Request Date: 07/03/2014

Request


NB: Concerning reference to named years in the questions in this request, please:

  • Provide financial year figures where at all possible
  • If financial year figures are unavailable for any reason, and calendar year figures are available, please provide those figures with a note specifying that those figures were used, and the reason for financial year figures being unavailable.
  • The word ‘currently’ refers to the date of sending for this request, 07 March 2014.

Section 1 – Personnel Levels


Question 1 – Wholetime Firefighter posts
a) What is the total number of wholetime firefighter posts you employed in financial year 2009-2010?
b) What is total number of wholetime firefighter posts you currently employ?
c) What is the total number of wholetime firefighter posts you expect to employ by the end of financial year 2015-2016?

Question 2 – Retained Firefighter posts
a) What is the total number of retained firefighter posts you employed in financial year 2009-2010?
b) What is total number of full-time retained firefighter posts you currently employ?
c) What is the total number of full-time retained firefighter posts you expect to employ by the end of financial year 2015-2016?

Question 3 – Managerial posts
a) What is the total number of wholetime firefighter posts at station manager level or above you employed in financial year 2009-2010?
b) What is total number of wholetime firefighter posts at station manager level or above you currently employ?
c) What is the total number of of wholetime firefighter posts at station manager level or above you expect to employ by the end of financial year 2015-2016?

Question 4 – Full-time Administrative posts
a) What is the total number of full-time administrative posts you employed in financial year 2009-2010?
b) What is total number of full-time administrative posts you currently employ?
c) What is the total number of full-time administrative posts you expect to employ by the end of financial year 2015-2016?

Section 2 – Premises and Plant


Question 5 – Fire Station numbers
a) What was the total number of wholetime stations in your authority in financial year 2009-2010?
b) What is the total number of wholetime stations currently in your authority?
c) What do you expect to be the total number of wholetime stations in your authority by the end of financial year 2015-2016?

Question 6 – Fire Station numbers
a) What was the total number of retained stations in your authority in financial year 2009-2010?
b) What is the total number of retained stations currently in your authority?
c) What do you expect to be the total number of retained stations in your authority by the end of financial year 2015-2016?

Question 7 – Fire Station numbers
a) What was the total number of day crewed stations in your authority in financial year 2009-2010?
b) What is the total number of day crewed stations currently in your authority?
c) What do you expect to be the total number of day crewed stations in your authority by the end of financial year 2015-2016?

Question 8 – Fire Appliances
a) What was the total number of fire appliances in your authority in financial year 2009-2010?
b) What is the total number of fire appliances currently in your authority?
c) What do you expect to be the total number of fire appliances in your authority by the end of financial year 2015-2016?

Section 3 – Staffing


Question 9 – Fire Station staffing
a) How many fire stations in your authority in financial year 2009-2010 were wholly staffed by retained firefighters?
b) How many fire stations in your authority are currently wholly staffed by retained firefighters?
c) How many fire stations do you expect to be wholly staffed by retained firefighters by the end of financial year 2015-2016?

Question 10 – Fire Appliance staffing
a) How many appliances in your authority in financial year 2009-2010 were wholly staffed by retained firefighters?
b) How many appliances in your authority are currently wholly staffed by retained firefighters?
c) How many appliances do you expect to be wholly staffed by retained by the end of financial year 2015-2016?

Section 4 – Response Times


Question 11 – Average response times
What is your average response time in responding to i) fire incidents in domestic dwellings, ii) fire incidents in other residential buildings, iii) fire incidents in other non-residential buildings, iv) road traffic collusions for:

a) financial year 2009-2010,
b) financial year 2010-2011,
c) financial year 2011-2012,
d) and financial year 2012-2013?

What is your expected response time for:

e) financial year 2013-2014,
f) financial year 2014-2015,
g) and financial year 2015-2016?

Question 12 – Expected changes to average response times
On your current expectations and proposals do you expect your response times in responding to fire incidents in dwellings to change and if so how?

Section 5 – Additional Information


Question 13 – Request for documentary information
Please provide me with copies of the minutes and notes of any formal or informal meetings and any other reports (including draft reports, option papers and internal correspondence) since 6 May 2010 that detail the impact or potential impact of cuts to funding on the fire service provided in your authority.

Response


Our response to section C) on questions 1,2,3,4,5,9,10 would be that any future changes in staffing would be subject to consultation with representative bodies and would therefore be exempt from disclosure under FOI until the completion of the consultation period.

Section 1 – Personnel Levels


Question 1 – Wholetime Firefighter posts
a) What is the total number of wholetime firefighter posts you employed in financial year 2009-2010? 262
b) What is total number of wholetime firefighter posts you currently employ? 217
c) What is the total number of wholetime firefighter posts you expect to employ by the end of financial year 2015-2016? See opening paragraph

Question 2 – Retained Firefighter posts
a) What is the total number of retained firefighter posts you employed in financial year 2009-2010? 444
b) What is total number of fulltime retained firefighter posts you currently employ? 387
c) What is the total number of fulltime retained firefighter posts you expect to employ by the end of financial year 2015-2016? See opening paragraph

Question 3 – Managerial posts
a) What is the total number of wholetime firefighter posts at station manager level or above you employed in financial year 2009-2010? 30
b) What is total number of wholetime firefighter posts at station manager level or above you currently employ? 32
c) What is the total number of of wholetime firefighter posts at station manager level or above you expect to employ by the end of financial year 2015-2016? See opening paragraph

Question 4 – Full-time Administrative posts We have categorised this as our Support Staff
a) What is the total number of full-time administrative posts you employed in financial year 2009-2010? 175
b) What is total number of full-time administrative posts you currently employ? 180
c) What is the total number of full-time administrative posts you expect to employ by the end of financial year 2015-2016? See opening paragraph

Section 2 – Premises and Plant


Question 5 – Fire Station numbers
a) What was the total number of wholetime stations in your authority in financial year 2009-2010? 8
b) What is the total number of wholetime stations currently in your authority? 8
c) What do you expect to be the total number of wholetime stations in your authority by the end of financial year 2015-2016? See opening paragraph

Question 6 – Fire Station numbers
a) What was the total number of retained stations in your authority in financial year 2009-2010? 22
b) What is the total number of retained stations currently in your authority? 23
c) What do you expect to be the total number of retained stations in your authority by the end of financial year 2015-2016? No expected change

Question 7 – Fire Station numbers
a) What was the total number of day crewed stations in your authority in financial year 2009-2010? 2
b) What is the total number of day crewed stations currently in your authority? 2
c) What do you expect to be the total number of day crewed stations in your authority by the end of financial year 2015-2016? No expected change

Question 8 – Fire Appliances
a) What was the total number of fire appliances in your authority in financial year 2009-2010? 68 including specialist appliances
b) What is the total number of fire appliances currently in your authority? 66 including specialist appliances
c) What do you expect to be the total number of fire appliances in your authority by the end of financial year 2015-2016? See opening paragraph

Section 3 – Staffing


Question 9 – Fire Station staffing
a) How many fire stations in your authority in financial year 2009-2010 were wholly staffed by retained firefighters? 23
b) How many fire stations in your authority are currently wholly staffed by retained firefighters? 23
c) How many fire stations do you expect to be wholly staffed by retained firefighters by the end of financial year 2015-2016? See opening paragraph

Question 10 – Fire Appliance staffing
a) How many appliances in your authority in financial year 2009-2010 were wholly staffed by retained firefighters? 32
b) How many appliances in your authority are currently wholly staffed by retained firefighters? 32
c) How many appliances do you expect to be wholly staffed by retained by the end of financial year 2015-2016? See opening paragraph

Section 4 – Response Times


Question 11 – Average response times
What is your average response time in responding to i) fire incidents in domestic dwellings, ii) fire incidents in other residential buildings, iii) fire incidents in other non-residential buildings, iv) road traffic collusions for:
a) financial year 2009-2010,
b) financial year 2010-2011,
c) financial year 2011-2012,
d) and financial year 2012-2013?

Please see below for the requested information:


Incident Type

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

Dwelling

00:07:45

00:07:22

00:08:22

00:07:26

00:08:22

Non Residential

00:08:17

00:08:00

00:08:18

00:08:20

00:08:52

Other Residential

00:07:21

00:07:21

00:07:06

00:07:21

00:08:13

RTC

00:10:32

00:09:07

00:09:12

00:09:23

00:09:29

I have included the following in the Other Residential category:

CARE HOME
OTHER SLEEPING ACC
FURTHER EDUCATION
C/VAN PERM DWELLING
SHELTERED ACCOM
Boats > Barge
Dwelling > Self contained Sheltered Housing
Education > College/University
Other Residential > Boarding School accommodation
Other Residential > Hostel (e.g. for homeless people)
Other Residential > Hotel/motel
Other Residential > Other holiday residence (cottage, flat, chalet)
Other Residential > Other Residential Home
Other Residential > Student Hall of Residence
Residential Home  > Children's
Residential Home  > Nursing/Care
Residential Home  > Retirement

What is your expected response time for:

e) financial year 2013-2014, see above
f) financial year 2014-2015, We do not expect any change in response times for this year outlined
g) and financial year 2015-2016? We do not expect any change in response times for this year outlined

Question 12 – Expected changes to average response times
On your current expectations and proposals do you expect your response times in responding to fire incidents in dwellings to change and if so how?

Section 5 – Additional Information


Question 13 – Request for documentary information
Please provide me with copies of the minutes and notes of any formal or informal meetings and any other reports (including draft reports, option papers and internal correspondence) since 6 May 2010 that detail the impact or potential impact of cuts to funding on the fire service provided in your authority.
This information can be found in public documents available via our Website using the following links:

http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/694.asp
http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/732.asp