Labour Manifesto: Firefighters

Published: 16th May 2017

“Just look at the last seven [years of Conservative government]...… fewer firefighters too.”

  • Fire services are devolved in the UK. When looking at only England, there were 5,800 fewer full time equivalent firefighters (known as ‘wholetime staff’ in the statistics) in 2015/16 compared with 2010/11. That’s a drop of about 20%.
  • Across Great Britain, the headcount of firefighters has fallen during this period in England, Wales, and Scotland. In 2010/11 there were 36,000 wholetime firefighters and in 2015/16 there were 29,000.
  • But the number of incidents attended by fire services is also falling, from 795,000 in 2010/11 to 655,000 in 2015/16. These incidents include fires, false alarms, and non-fire incidents.

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