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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Response to flooding in December 2015

Reference No: 003/2016
Request Date: 07/01/2016

Request


  1. How many flood incidents did your fire and rescue service attend in December 2015?
  2. How many fatal casualties were attributed to flood incidents in December 2015?
  3. How many non-fatal casualties were attributed to flood incidents December 2015?
  4. How many people were rescued by your fire and rescue service at flood incidents in December 2015?

    We understand that these figures are held by the fire and rescue service as part of the electronic incident recording system (IRS), which are then reported to government. We would appreciate a table detailing the data in the following format:

    2015

    Incidents

    Fatal casualties

    Non-fatal casualties

    Rescues

    December

     

     

     

     

  5. How many firefighters in your fire and rescue service are trained as:

     

    Number of firefighters’ trained

    Swift water rescue technicians (Type B teams)

     

    Swift water rescue teams (Type C teams)

     

    Water first responders

     

    Water Incident Managers

     

  6. How many and what proportion of your total firefighters have water rescue personal protective equipment (PPE) to wear during flood and water incidents?
  7. How many boats does your fire and rescue service have that are suitable for flood rescue work?
  8. How many boats teams does your fire and rescue service have?
  9. Did your fire and rescue service deploy firefighters and equipment for cross-border flood work during December 2015? If so, which other fire and rescue services were assisted?
  10. How many times and for how long was your control room operating at spate conditions due to flooding in December 2015? What was the estimated peak volumes of flood-related calls?

Response


2015 Q1. Incidents Q2. Fatal casualties Q3. Non-fatal casualties Q4. Rescues
December 2 – Domestic leaks / flooding only 0 0 0

Q5. Number of firefighters’ trained
Swift water rescue technicians (Type B teams) 83 trained personnel. One type B team declared available.
Swift water rescue teams (Type C teams) The same personnel as above (83) as they deploy without the boat.
Water first responders 629
Water Incident Managers 20

Q6. All pumping appliances carry 6 lifejackets and throw lines, plus 2 dry suits, helmets and buoyancy aids.
Q7. 3
Q8. 3
Q9. Yes, one incident in London for London Fire Brigade on 5th December 2015.
Q10. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service currently operate a shared fire control facility with West Midlands Fire Service. Our Control room took approximately 350 calls for North West Fire Control in approximately 3 hours on 26th December this was spate but not within our own area, Staffordshire and West Midlands areas were quiet but the number of calls being taken meant overflow calls were passed to London due to S&WM FC not having capacity to manage them all.