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Crew and Appliance Availability

Reference Number:08/2016
Request Date:April 21st, 2016

Request

1) Please can you provide me with the number of undercrewed shifts (where there is fewer than either the required or optimum number of staff working for running either one or more appliances) in the past three years (2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16) at wholetime stations, as well as the total number of shifts, broken down by individual year.

2)  Please could you also provide me with the % of availability or % non-availability for retained stations for each of the three years (2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16).

3) Please provide me with the above details broken down by month and/or station.

4)  Please could you also provide me with details of any times engines have been out of use because the number of crew member available was too few.

Response

(1)          Excluding the periods of strike action, there are no full shifts recorded where there were fewer than the required number of staff working for running one wholetime appliance in the past three years. (DFRS has no stations with more than one wholetime appliance).

(2)          See the "By Year" tab of the "RDS Availability" spreadsheet for the approximate availability for retained stations for the past three years. (For retained stations with multiple pumps, availability is recorded for the first pump.)

Please note that the information for questions (2), (3) and (4) has been collated from multiple systems. Firefighter availability is recorded in 15-minute "buckets" and so there may be rounding issues for each individual's periods of availability, and this rounding may be slightly different on different systems.

(3)          See the "By Month" tab of the "RDS Availability" spreadsheet for the approximate availability for retained stations for the past three years. (For retained stations with multiple pumps, availability is recorded for the first pump.)

(4)          See the "Approximate Staffing Unavailability Details" spreadsheet for details of occasions where the rostering system appears to show a deficiency in the number of staff available to keep the corresponding pump available. Again, the data is recorded in 15-minute "buckets" so there may be some rounding for each period. It is also possible that an appliance was kept on the run by virtue of a short-term detachment that's not been captured in this dataset.

Approximate Staffing Unavailability Details.xlsx


RDS Availability.xlsx


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