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Crime, Disorder and Danger - Fire and Rescue Services

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Thursday, 16 November, 2017


Responsibility for producing the SFRS Fire Safety and Organisational Statistics transferred from Scottish Government to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in 2015.  These highlights are taken from the publication produced by the SFRS, the third in this series, which currently is not recognised as Official Statistics under the UK Statistics Authority accreditation scheme. 

The SFRS carried out 71,000 Home Fire Safety Visits in 2016-17, a very small decrease on the previous year though over a third higher than in 2010-11.  They also carried out 8,939 fire safety audits in non-domestic properties including businesses, schools and hospitals.

There were 7,834 members of SFRS staff, including volunteers, a decrease of 99 (one per cent) in the year to March 31st 2017.  This total consists of 3,645 wholetime operational staff, 2,870 retained duty staff, 316 volunteers, 165 control staff and 838 support staff.  The number of wholetime operational staff decreased by one per cent

(45 staff) while the number of control staff decreased by 19 per cent (38 staff).

Male staff made up 87 per cent of the SFRS workforce, a gender split which has remained around the same over the last seven years. Ninety-five per cent of wholetime operational and retained duty system staff were male (3,467 and 2,712 staff respectively), whereas 84 per cent of control staff were female (139 staff).

There were 77 incidents at which attacks on SFRS personnel occurred, a decrease of seven incidents from the previous year. Three personnel injured were in attacks at incidents.

The number of stations was the same in 2016-17 as in both 2015-16 and 2014-15.


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