Fire Services: Standards

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the response times to emergency calls were for each fire service in each year since 2000.

Photo of Parmjit Dhanda Parmjit Dhanda Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government

The following table shows the average response times of fire and rescue services in England between 2000 and 2006, the most recent calendar year for which data are available. The table shows the time from the initial call to attendance and covers primary fires only—response times to other incidents are not collected centrally by DCLG. Please note that figures for 2006 are provisional.

Average response time to fires( 1, 2, 3) by FRS area and year of call, England, 2000 to 2006( 4)
FRS area 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 ( 4) 2006
England 6.3 6.3 6.4 6.6 6.8 7.1 7.2
England—non-met counties 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.9 8.0
Avon 6.3 6.5 6.7 6.9 7.4 7.8 7.8
Bedfordshire 6.6 7.1 6.9 6.7 7.2 7.0 7.3
Berkshire 6.7 7.1 7.1 7.5 7.2 7.4 7.7
Buckinghamshire 7.8 7.9 8.2 8.0 8.3 8.4 8.5
Cambridgeshire 8.7 8.6 8.8 9.1 9.0 9.2 9.7
Cheshire 6.4 6.9 6.7 6.9 7.2 7.3 7.6
Cleveland 4.9 4.9 5.2 5.1 5.1 5.5 5.6
Cornwall 9.2 9.0 9.8 9.8 9.9 9.8 9.9
Cumbria 7.8 7.9 8.3 8.3 8.6 8.8 8.7
Derbyshire 6.9 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.5 7.6 7.8
Devon 6.7 6.6 6.9 6.8 8.0 7.6 7.5
Dorset 7.2 6.9 7.2 6.7 7.1 7.9 8.1
Durham 7.4 7.7 7.6 7.7 7.7 8.0 8.2
East Sussex 6.7 6.2 6.6 6.7 6.5 6.6 6.8
Essex 7.2 7.1 7.3 6.9 7.6 7.6 7.9
Gloucestershire 8.6 8.5 8.4 8.5 9.2 8.9 9.1
Hampshire 6.9 7.0 7.0 7.4 7.4 7.5 7.5
Hereford & Worcester 7.9 8.1 8.5 8.3 8.3 8.9 8.5
Hertfordshire 7.2 7.0 7.2 7.4 7.0 7.2 7.1
Humberside 5.9 5.8 5.8 6.0 6.0 6.3 6.3
Isle of Wight 6.9 7.6 7.2 7.2 7.2 6.6 7.2
Kent 7.9 7.5 7.5 7.6 7.4 7.7 7.5
Lancashire 5.7 5.9 6.3 6.7 6.6 6.7 6.9
Leicestershire 6.5 6.7 6.6 6.7 6.9 7.2 7.9
Lincolnshire 9.0 8.7 9.5 9.8 9.9 10.2 10.2
Norfolk 8.8 8.6 8.0 8.0 7.8 9.1 9.1
North Yorkshire 7.8 7.7 7.9 8.4 8.6 8.8 8.7
Northamptonshire 6.5 6.5 6.4 6.8 7.4 7.6 7.7
Northumberland 7.2 7.5 7.6 8.0 8.1 8.6 8.3
Nottinghamshire 5.9 5.9 5.9 6.4 6.3 6.8 6.6
Oxfordshire 7.8 8.3 8.8 9.1 8.8 9.0 9.1
Shropshire 7.8 8.8 8.5 8.9 8.1 8.4 8.5
Somerset 7.8 8.0 8.7 8.3 9.2 9.6 9.6
Staffordshire 7.8 7.5 7.6 7.7 8.3 8.7 8.8
Suffolk 8.7 8.8 9.0 9.3 9.0 9.5 9.2
Surrey 7.4 7.9 7.8 8.3 8.0 8.6 8.5
Warwickshire 7.1 7.8 7.7 7.7 8.5 7.3 8.0
West Sussex 7,5 7.5 7.5 8.0 8.2 9.0 8.6
Wiltshire 8.4 9.3 7.8 8.9 8.8 9.9 9.7
Isles of Scilly 7.0 8.0 7.0 9.0 9.5 9.0 7.3
England—met counties 5.4 5.6 5.6 5.9 6.0 6.1 6.4
Greater Manchester 6.1 6.1 5.9 6.0 6.0 6.3 6.8
Merseyside 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.7 5.8 6.2 6.1
South Yorkshire 6.5 6.7 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.8 6.9
Tyne & Wear 5.1 5.1 5.0 5.3 5.2 5.4 5.5
West Midlands 5.2 5.3 5.3 5.6 6.0 6.1 6.2
West Yorkshire 6.5 6.2 6.3 6.8 6.7 6.8 7.0
Greater London 4.9 5.0 5.1 5.1 5.4 5.5 5.5
(1 )Excluding late call and heat and smoke damage only incidents.

(2 )Excluding incidents not recorded during periods of industrial action in 2002 and 2003.

(3) A small number of incidents with response time greater than an hour have been excluded so that results are not skewed by likely reporting errors.

(4 )Provisional.

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