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Number of Fire Safety Officers

Request

We are collecting information about staff dedicated to inspecting and auditing fire safety in your fire and rescue service. Below is the information we would like to obtain from you under the Freedom of Information Act.

The data is likely to be found in returns to government using the electronic incident recording system. We understand they are recorded in the IRMP Fire Safety Returns (FS11) as full time equivalent (FTE) figures. The numbers of inspecting/auditing officers are recorded according to their managerial position (from brigade manager to firefighter) and non-uniformed staff are recorded separately.

Please provide us with following data in a tabular form (see below), for 31 March each year from 2006 to 2017 (inclusive) and by managerial level, the number of fire and rescue service officers in England who have been dedicated to inspecting and auditing buildings under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.

a) Number of appointed fire safety inspectors (FTE) at 31 March of each year

 

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Brigade manager

                       

Area manager

                       

Group manager

                       

Station manager

                       

Watch manager

                       

Crew manager

                       

Firefighter

                       

Non-uniformed staff

                       

Total

                       

b) Other personnel carrying out fire safety enforcement inspections (FTE) at 31 March of each year

 

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Brigade manager

                       

Area manager

                       

Group manager

                       

Station manager

                       

Watch manager

                       

Crew manager

                       

Firefighter

                       

Non-uniformed staff

                       

Total

                       

Response

a)  As you say, information is submitted annually to the Government and the link below goes to the Government Fire Statistics website where further fire data can be viewed and requested.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fire-statistics

We hold data from 2013 – 2017. Our Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Fire Safety Inspectors in our Fire Protection Team include operational staff - Group Managers, Station Managers, Watch Managers, Crew Managers and Firefighters - as well as non-operational staff. Data on the number of specialist Fire Safety Inspectors in post for each year between 2013-2017 is given below.

Resource information

         
 

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Total service workforce (FTE)

784.55

777.83

735.32

734.32

755.35

FTE of Fire Safety Inspectors

22.7

24.7

19.56

18.56

18.79

Total service workforce less Fire Safety Inspectors

761.85

753.13

715.76

715.76

736.56

% of total Service workforce carrying out protection work

2.89%

3.18%

2.66%

2.53%

2.55%

From 31 March 2014 the number of appointed fire safety inspectors (FTE) can be broken down as follows:

 

2014

2015

2016

2017

Brigade Manager

0

0

0

0

Area Manager

0

0

0

0

Group Manager

2

1

0

1

Station Manager

9

7

7

4

Watch Manager

3

5

5

3

Crew Manager

2

1

1

2

Firefighter

1

0

0

0

Non-uniformed staff

7.7

5.56

5.56

8.79

Total

24.7

19.56

18.56

18.79

b)  There are no other personnel carrying out fire safety enforcement inspections. The tables in section (a) above include non-uniformed staff who are Fire Safety Inspecting Officers - they are trained to carry out fire safety inspections and they can take enforcement action.

For your information, our crews carry out ‘Hazard Spotting’ visits to:

  • Identify and report any obvious serious failingsin the fire precautions.
  • Educate and inform the Responsible Person about their responsibilities under the Fire Safety Order 2005 and any obvious fire safety advice.
  • Look at premises that otherwise may not get inspected due to their low risk rating.

The triggers for doing Hazard Spotting surveys are determined by:

  • Operational incidents
  • Operational Risk Reviews (ORRs)
  • Unwanted fire signals
  • Themed campaigns (over the Christmas period in shops for example)
  • Risk reduction initiatives
  • Complaints

Any concerns are referred to the Fire Safety Inspectors in the Protection Team for investigation and enforcement action where appropriate.


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