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Fire and rescue service operational statistics

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  • Release date: 21 September 2017
  • Period covered: 2016-17
  • Next update: 20 September 2018
Annual data presenting information on personnel, equality and diversity, health and safety, operational activities and fire safety visits.

Key points

Fire and Rescue Service personnel

  • There were 2,110 fulltime equivalent staff (FTE) and 1,292 retained duty system (RDS) staff employed across the three Welsh Fire and Rescue Authority areas on 31 March 2017 compared with 2,081 fulltime and 1,236 retained staff on 31 March 2016. The numbers of FTE and RDS staff have seen fluctuations since 2004-05, and the FTE figures in 2016-17 are the third lowest over this period.
  • Of the 2,110 FTE staff, around two thirds (1,421) were wholetime firefighters. A similar proportion was seen in 2015-16.

Health and safety

  • During 2016-17, 9.7 shifts/days were lost per person to sickness for wholetime firefighters and 11.2 shifts/days for fire control staff.
  • There were 143 injuries sustained by wholetime (including day crew) and retained duty system firefighters in the course of operational and training activities.

Operational activities

During 2016-17 fire control handled almost 71,000 calls in Wales, a decrease of 2 per cent on 2015-16.

Fire safety

In 2016-17, Welsh Fire and Rescue Authorities completed 3,336 fire safety audits in non-domestic premises. This represents 4 per cent of known such premises in Wales.


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