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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Expenditure, Community Safety, Volunteers and Contractors

Reference No: 053/2014
Request Date: 12/05/2014


Please could you provide me with the following information:

  • What is your total yearly expenditure?
  • Of this, what are your staffing costs?  Broken down into staff types.
  • What are the different models of staffing, including crewing levels that you use across different shifts or times of year?
  • What is the cost of fire service per head in your local authority area?
  • How much time does each category of staff (retained/green book/ wholetime) spend doing community safety, latent time or work other than firefighting?
  • Do you use volunteers or contractors for any work and if so, for what and with what saving?


  • The total expenditure for 2014/2015 £41.5m
  • Staffing costs for 2014/2015 27.9m (wholetime 16.7m, retained 5.4m, support 5.8m)
  • Listed below are the different models of staffing:
    • Wholetime shift stations: 08:00 – 19:00, day shift, 19:00 – 08:00 Night shift. Rota pattern – 2 days, 2 nights, 4 rota days
    • Day shift stations: 09:00 – 21:00, days only 2 week rota.
    • Week 1: 5 shifts (Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    • Week 2: 2 shifts (Wed and Thur)
    • TRV crews: 10:00 – 22:00, days only – same rota as day shift stations
    • Day Duty staff** Flexible working – 42 hour week incl lunch break.  Monday to Friday (all officers work this rota and some operational staff in non response positions).
    • Retained staff Variable on call hours – stations aim for 24/7 cover to be given by pool of staff
    • Support staff flexitime – 37 hour week, excl lunch break. Monday to Friday
    • **  the is also an officers rota which provides on call cover out of hours on a rota basis.
    • Hours/shifts do not vary during different times of the year.
  • The cost per head of population for 2013/14 was £38.25
  • Retained staff spends a considerable amount of time undertaking Community Safety over a wide range of activities and they have specific budgets to deliver these sorts of activities. In addition retained staff are often involved in community engagement, home safety visits and other preventative initiatives through specific projects and funding streams. It is difficult to give an exact figure as the time varies across each retained section with in the County.
  • Wholetime staff again undertake a wide role of Community Safety activities on a daily basis. As an approximation, this would be a third of their work load being shared with operational training and operation Risk Audits/inspections.
  • Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service ethos is that prevention is better than the cure therefore it has invested in a number of staff who have a dedicated role to undertake Community safety work both locally, regionally and nationally. As an approximation there are 40x staff dedicated to this sort of work with a 50/50 split of being grey and Green Book employees.
  • Volunteers are used across the Service for community based work. Currently contractors are only used for work that has been tendered e.g. for building works. The Service does not currently employ any contractors as staff.