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Fire Services

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were rescued alive by the fire and rescue service (a) from fires, (b) from fires in dwellings and (c) having been trapped or injured by industrial machinery in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. [198056]

Mr. Dhanda: Information on the number of people rescued alive by the Fire and Rescue Service, in England, from fires in total and in dwellings from 1997 to 2006 has been deposited in the Library of the House. Please note that these data are based on a weighted sample and that figures for 2006 are provisional and subject to change.

Information on incidents involving personnel trapped or injured by industrial machinery attended by Fire and Rescue Services is not available.

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her policy is on the use of targeted response vehicles to replace fully staffed, fully equipped fire appliances in certain circumstances. [198896]

Mr. Dhanda: Targeted Response Vehicles (TRVs) are used as an extra resource by Fire and Rescue Authorities (FRAs) at specified times and locations to provide a more flexible and increased service in specific areas. Effective use of new midi fire appliances or TRVs crewed with three firefighters can, in certain circumstances, provide a better service for local communities. As well as tackling small fires, using TRVs in identified ‘hot spots' can act as a deterrent to miscreants and free up staff for major incidents and community safety work.

FRAs are required by the Fire and Rescue Service National Framework to have in place and maintain an integrated risk management plan (IRMP) which reflects local need and sets out plans to tackle effectively both existing and potential risks to communities. The IRMP enables the authority to tailor cover for fire and other incidents to local circumstances—evaluating where risk is greatest and allocating resource accordingly.

It is not the role of Ministers to intervene in the operational proposals of an individual FRA's IRMP; that is rightly the decision for elected members of the authority concerned to determine following full consultation with the local community.

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) railway accidents were attended by the Fire Service and (b) people were rescued alive from railway accidents by the Fire Service in each year since 1994. [199036]


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Mr. Dhanda: The available information covers the number of railway accidents attended by fire and rescue services. Details of any associated rescues are not held centrally.


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Railway incidents attended by fire and rescue services in England
Number

1994-95

96

1995-96

93

1996-97

75

1997-98

131

1998-99

92

1999-2000

67

2000-01

108

2001-02

92

2002-03

97

2003-04

69

2004-05

75

2005-06

84


Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many persons were rescued alive from fires in dwellings by each fire service in each year since 1994. [199037]

Mr. Dhanda: Information on the number of people rescued from dwellings by Fire and Rescue Services, in England, is provided in the following table:


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Table 1: Rescues from fires in dwellings by FRS personnel( 1) by year, England, 1994 to 2006
FRS area 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

England

2,591

2,780

2,829

2,894

2,972

3,180

4,133

3,431

3,927

3,676

3,201

3,173

3,367

England—Non-Met counties

1,316

1,517

1,418

1,497

1,463

1,573

2,431

1,774

2,164

2,024

1,722

1,663

1,918

Avon

53

47

45

52

61

54

76

98

56

46

31

66

79

Bedfordshire

49

44

14

17

16

24

23

52

26

30

27

62

46

Berkshire

16

55

25

34

20

38

38

37

30

72

33

38

49

Buckinghamshire

10

17

11

13

26

37

40

16

20

37

16

20

27

Cambridgeshire

15

16

12

32

20

28

38

30

38

61

65

32

33

Cheshire

34

36

38

27

54

34

111

116

67

62

53

63

70

Cleveland

44

46

62

43

34

36

82

54

49

68

45

37

44

Cornwall

9

8

13

13

10

15

12

12

17

12

17

10

6

Cumbria

13

19

28

34

32

40

23

18

13

24

29

25

20

Derbyshire

29

58

45

35

61

38

44

28

43

42

70

43

39

Devon

61

110

70

76

83

59

147

100

60

94

54

87

75

Dorset

29

33

22

19

31

20

71

45

37

79

22

7

27

Durham

7

20

20

23

23

25

19

15

23

43

29

23

47

East Sussex

59

53

69

81

54

58

171

58

115

83

118

78

40

Essex

73

46

69

72

86

61

68

85

72

79

50

52

33

Gloucestershire

26

44

25

21

23

29

23

41

18

72

31

23

28

Hampshire

142

56

58

43

88

36

75

67

112

137

116

89

132

Hereford and Worcester

19

12

20

54

33

17

36

29

22

26

28

24

14

Hertfordshire

15

30

77

39

36

36

61

31

54

48

30

47

49

Humberside

39

78

71

52

70

67

73

90

75

89

89

97

153

Isle of Wight

0

7

5

5

8

2

0

4

7

9

4

4

1

Kent

153

100

50

68

66

66

161

55

85

39

39

58

137

Lancashire

66

125

104

133

83

118

182

113

173

176

158

138

153

Leicestershire

31

39

67

52

24

47

62

58

68

30

40

42

40

Lincolnshire

9

27

18

33

36

39

18

12

19

23

35

15

22

Norfolk

21

24

28

54

27

42

24

28

32

51

33

30

39

North Yorkshire

24

16

25

14

36

36

44

51

40

42

29

47

36

Northamptonshire

28

43

51

60

49

61

72

46

42

92

39

47

18

Northumberland

7

6

16

11

5

8

14

6

54

9

11

13

13

Nottinghamshire

81

84

38

92

57

122

159

91

93

115

114

93

96

Oxfordshire

20

24

27

37

23

31

46

17

97

23

19

23

12

Shropshire

2

17

3

17

13

17

26

13

38

3

25

15

8

Somerset

3

20

13

19

12

30

79

39

97

25

54

21

88

Staffordshire

27

34

30

38

45

60

53

55

34

71

48

48

65

Suffolk

15

13

56

7

17

17

104

55

29

10

22

46

22

Surrey

31

34

30

10

10

13

53

20

22

29

51

31

47

Warwickshire

18

15

10

7

25

22

46

11

65

26

9

14

43

West Sussex

28

31

31

31

30

45

39

52

196

28

25

32

29

Wiltshire

10

32

21

27

38

43

18

25

26

18

15

23

37

Isles of Scilly

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

England—Met Counties

1275

1,263

1,411

1,398

1,509

1,607

1,702

1,657

1,763

1,652

1,479

1,510

1,449

Greater Manchester

179

233

195

201

269

234

282

244

271

281

251

275

217

Merseyside

128

103

152

177

167

202

180

160

126

117

104

117

93

South Yorkshire

131

46

56

31

65

80

81

81

86

105

105

94

98

Tyne and Wear

122

84

94

91

120

102

115

139

107

115

162

136

103

West Midlands

204

215

231

261

259

289

267

254

276

263

172

196

147

West Yorkshire

147

191

138

150

160

162

178

145

211

171

183

196

159

Greater London

364

391

545

487

469

538

599

634

686

599

502

496

632

(1)( )Rescue figures are based on sampled, weighted data.

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