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Details:

Reference Number: 5378
Request Date: 09/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many TomTom devices does your FRS have and type of devices / models are they?

A.1 33x TomTom Pro 9150 Truck. Moving to 33x TomTom Pro 5350 in 2019.
 

Q.2 Could you provide the number of operational officers / manager your FRS has as detailed in the table below. In addition, how many managers require a mobile application to access mobilising details or be mobilised by the control room?

A.2 Please see the attached document.


Q.3 Are you thinking of using mobile apps for On call crew call out / activation?

A.3 We are not currently looking at using a mobile application for mobilisation.

 

Q.4 How many On Call (RDS) staff does your FRS have?

A.4 153

 

Q.5 How many Pagers does your FRS use?

A.5  0 Pagers. Retained Duty System (RDS) staff use Datanet Alerters.

 

Q.5.a Could you provide a breakdown by type of pager, e.g. PageOne, Multitone, Other

A.5.a All RDS staff use Datanet Alerters

 

Q.6 Can you provide a breakdown in terms of the number of Android and Apple users that use a corporate phone within your FRS?

A.6  45x Android phones

 

Q.7 If you FRS uses a mobile app what is the annual costs per user that the FRS pays?

A.7 Apps may be provided as part of system solutions, we do not purchase individual mobile apps.

    

Q.7.a What is the renewal date for the current contract?

A.7.a Not applicable

 

Q.8 Which Mobile Device Management solution does your FRS use?

A.8 Google Device Management


Mobile Data FOI Request
Q.1 How many appliance Mobile Data Terminals 

A.1 4
 

Q.2 Does your FRS have 1 or 2 MDTs per appliance?

A.2 1

 

Q.2.a If you use 2 MDTS, what is the second MDT used for, e.g. Home Fire Safety Checks?

A.2.a Only 1 MDT per appliance

 

Q.3 What is the annual support costs that the FRS pays for the current MDT solution?

A.3 Included in main contract with Primary Contractor


Q.3.a What is the renewal date for the current contract?

A.3.a November 2023


Q.4 Which Crewing system does your FRS use for RDS and full time staff?

A.4 Wholetime - Inhouse, Retained - Gartan Availability


Q.5 Does your FRS use any Incident Command Software solution?

A.5 Vector Command


Q.5.a If so, could you provide the software vendors name and product name

A.5.a Vector Command

 

Q.6 Is your FRS interested in moving to a cloud based solution?

A.6 Yes, if the cloud based solution was suitable.


Hydrant Management FOI Request
Q.1 What system does your FRS currently use (digital or paper)? 

A.1  Airbus Hydra / SC Capture

 

Q.2 How many Hydrant Inspectors does your currently FRS employ?

A.2  0

 

Q.3 How many water companies do you engage with?

A.3 Northumbrian Water

 

Q.4 What is the annual support costs that the FRS pays for the current MDT solution?

A.4 We do not have an MDT solution for Hydrant management.

    

Q.4.a What is the renewal date for the current contract?

A.4.a Renewed annually - April



Details:

Reference Number: 5387
Request Date: 11/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 I work for a foster care company and am writing a script for a training course on fire setting. The course is being compiled to support foster carers with children who may have the potential to set fires or who already do set deliberate fires. I am hopeful that you can supply me with current statistics for the past year/ few years of deliberate fire setting of children and young people up to the age of 18 in your county. A break down of ages, numbers of deliberate fires, time of day, causal factors etc. would be most useful.

A.1 The attached Excel spreadsheet shows a breakdown of the statistics for deliberate fire setting of children and young people up to the age of 18 in the county of Northumberland. The PDF document shows a breakdown of the specific Firesetter referrals for 2018.


Details:

Reference Number: 5445
Request Date: 21/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 I would like to know how many animals have died in house fires over the last three calendar years (2018, 2017 and 2016).
 
Please could you break the data down by:
Date of fire (only specifying the month and year, eg. 11 deaths in August 2017) and type of animal that died
 
A.1     
2018 = 0 deaths
2017 = 3 deaths in October (dogs)
2016 = 0 deaths


Details:

Reference Number: 5456
Request Date: 22/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

The request is for information that will aid me in a study regarding High-rise incidents and emergency response.
 
Q.1 Do you have High-rise structures in your response area, if yes how many and what is the size of the largest structure?
 
A.1 There are no high rise residential buildings in our Service area.  
 
Q.2 Do you have an operational policy for dealing with high-rise incident, if yes would be able to provide a copy of this information?
 
A.2 No, not currently, as Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service does not have any high rise premises within our county. That being stated, Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service is currently collaborating with Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service to ensure that our operational response to high rise incidents, within their area (Tyne & Wear), is safe, effective and efficient - which may result in Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service producing a standard operating procedure (SOP) for high rise incidents, when responding to this incident type within Tyne & Wear's area.   
 
Q.3 What is your Pre-determined Attendance (PDA) for an incident in a High-rise premise for an unconfirmed and confirmed fire?
 
A.3 See Q1 - no PDA. There are no high rise residential buildings in our Service area.
 
Q.4 What are your average response times for the first and second fire appliance for the last three years?
 
A.4 Not applicable.
 
Q.5 How many turn outs have you had in the last three years to a High-rise property? 
 
A.5 Not applicable.
 
Q.6 Out of these responses how many required Firefighting  actions to be carried out?
 
A.6 Not applicable
 
Q.7 In the last three years have any issues, which hindered Firefighters response at High-rise incidents been recorded/ observed? If yes what were the factors involved?
 
A.7 There are no high rise residential buildings in our Service area.
 
Q.8 Since the Grenfell incident in 2017 have you made changes to your PDA for a High-rise incident; confirmed and unconfirmed?
 
A.8 There are no high rise residential buildings in our Service area.
 
Q.9 Since the Grenfell incident in 2017 have you made changes to your policies/procedures regarding High-rise incidents?
 
A.9 There are no high rise residential buildings in our Service area - however we are working with neighbouring fire and rescue services to produce and update documentation and training should we attend such an incident in another fire and rescue services area. 
 
Q.10 In the last three years have you as a service researched/implemented new tactics or equipment for dealing with high-rise incidents?
 
A.10 There are no high rise residential buildings in our Service area, therefore no.


Details:

Reference Number: 5460
Request Date: 23/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Could you please provide the number of new wholetime firefighters that have joined through the NFRS retained to wholetime transfer process & the number of wholetime inter service transferees. Could this be broken down per year from 2013 to 2018?
 
A.1 The number of wholetime Firefighters that have joined Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service through the Retained to Wholetime transfer process and the number of wholetime inter service transferees from 2013 to 2018 are detailed below;
 
Retained to Wholetime Transfers
 
​2013 = 0
2014 = 1
2015 = 11
2016 = 4
2017 = 4
2018 = 8
 
Inter Service Transfers
 
2013 = 2
2014 = 0
2015 = 3
2016 = 0
2017 = 2
2018 = 2


Details:

Reference Number: 5534
Request Date: 04/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 Could you please provide a digital summary (total number) of all health and safety related incidents in 2018 that involved Authority owned buses/welfare vehicles fitted with a wheelchair passenger lift (tail lift). 

A.1 There were two incidents in 2018 involving Authority owned buses/welfare vehicles fitted with a wheelchair passenger lift (tail lift) in which the tail lift was involved directly in the incident.  We have no way of determining if there were any other incidents involving such vehicles, if the tail lift was not relevant to the incident in question e.g a road traffic accident



Details:

Reference Number: 5719
Request Date: 06/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I am wondering whether you are able to supply me with some data for my review. I am looking for the following information for all Primary Fires involving Commercial Buildings Only that your Fire Service has attended over the last ten years or so:

Incident Number
Date Of Call
Time Of Call
Address Of Fire
Postcode Of Fire
Easting
Northing
Property Type
First Pump Arriving Attendance Time
Second Pump Arriving Attendance Time
Number Of Pumps Attending
Length Of Fire Brigade Attendance
Time Fire Started
Time Fire Put Out
Fire Alarms?
Sprinklers?
Floor Area Damaged
Main Cause Of Ignition

A.1   Please find attached a document detailing all of the primary fires involving commercial buildings only that Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service has attended over the last ten years.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5816
Request Date: 22/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many staff does your brigade currently employ?

A.1   345

Q.2   How many equality and diversity staff do you employ? 

A.2    Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) are part of the wider County Council and as such are part of the E&D structures.  NFRS have no specific E&D personnel.

Q.3    How many of your staff are a) female b) black and ethnic minority and c) have not specified their gender?

A.3     
a) female = 51    

b) black and ethnic minority =  4 (however 29 prefer not to say)  and 
c) have not specified their gender = 0

Q.4      How many firefighters do you employ?

A.4       Wholetime = 136   
Retained = 154

Q.5    How many of those firefighters a) female b) black and ethnic minority and c) have not specified their gender?

A.5     
a) female = 18      

b) black and ethnic minority =  4 (however 18 prefer not to say)  and 
c) have not specified their gender = 0
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5884
Request Date: 05/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

We are collecting information about the number of staff employed by fire and rescue services.
 
Specifically we would like to know how many (a) wholetime firefighter, (b) retained firefighter, (c) fire control room, (d) support staff and (e) total staff there were employed in your Fire and Rescue Service, measured by headcount, on 31 March 2018 and 31 March 2019.
 
We would appreciate a table for the respective years detailing the data in the following format:
 
Q.1    How many people were employed by the fire and rescue service (headcount) in the following roles on 31 March 2018:
 
  Headcount
Wholetime 143
Retained 155
Control 17
Support 38
Total 353
 
 
Q.2    How many people were employed by the fire and rescue service (headcount) in the following roles on 31 March 2019:
 
  Headcount
Wholetime 136
Retained 147
Control 16
Support 38
Total 337
 
 
Please note this is the same criteria used for reporting to governments
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5965
Request Date: 23/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

The information is sought on behalf of Cats Protection, the UK’s leading feline welfare charity.  The information is sought from your Council department responsible for street cleaning or if the cleansing of roads is contracted out then please ensure the information is obtained from the contracting company/arms-length external organisation (ALEO). The questions relate to CATS involved in road traffic accidents (RTAs) on the roads that your council is responsible for cleaning.

Q.1   Does the Authority (or ALEO) scan cat RTA victims collected for a microchip and record the chip number? 

A.1   Yes 

Q.2   If yes do you inform the relevant microchip database company (eg by phone) that you have found the deceased cat so that they can contact the cat owner?

A.2   Yes and an Animal Welfare Officer will contact the cats owner. 

Q.3   If yes do you inform your local branch of Cats Protection?

A.3   No

Q.4   If your Authority (or ALEO) does not scan cat RTA victims please tick which of the following statements are relevant - you can tick multiple answers. 

Not thought about it 
Do not have scanners 
Too time consuming to scan 
Don’t know what to do with information that appears on scanner 
Other – please specify 

If your Authority (or ALEO) does not scan cat RTA victims – please answer the following question. 

If scanners were provided free of charge together with information about how to report the cat’s details to the relevant microchip database company from the information appearing on the scanner would you (or ALEO) consider scanning cat RTA victims? 

Please circle the relevant answer: 

        Yes / No / Don’t know 

A.4  N/A

Q.5   Authority (or ALEO) disposes of the cat carcass immediately when it is returned to the Council/ALEO depot. 

A.5   No 

Q.6   Authority (or ALEO) logs descriptive details of the cat carcass, cat’s appearance, with a description of when and where it was found etc. 

A.6   Yes a log of relevant information is kept.  

Q.7   Authority (or ALEO) keeps the cat carcass in a freezer for a set period so it can inform enquirers if they contact the authority that they have collected a cat resembling that “lost” by the owner. Other – please specify 

A.7.  Cats are kept in freezer for at least 2 weeks, lost cat reports are checked and owners are contacted if we think we may have their pet.

Q.8   How many cat Road Traffic Accident (RTA) carcasses have been collected in each of following years? If this data is not recorded but you can provide an estimate this is acceptable but please clarify it is an estimate. 

2016
2017                                   
2018

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A.8   We do not record this information but we estimate the number varies between 12 and 18 cats a year -  of these around 25% - 30% are microchipped.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5977
Request Date: 25/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1      The total number of current vacancies for retained (part-time) personnel for your stations. 

A.1      Vacancies across all Retained Duty System (RDS) stations = Headcount 8 /  Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) 18.

Q.2      Which position has been advertised for the longest period of time? (Please give in days.) 

A.2      Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service do not advertise each vacancy but have an ongoing recruitment campaign.

Q.3      The current number of vacancies for full time (wholetime) personnel in your area for stations. Please detail which station. 

A.3       Hexham Fire Station x 1
Pegswood Fire Station x 5
West Hartford Fire Station x 5

Q.4       Which position has been advertised for the longest period of time? 

A.4       Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service do not advertise individual vacancies but will recruit following central campaigns.

Q.5       On how many occasions over the last financial year has a fire appliance been unavailable due to insufficient crewing levels? For each occasion, please provide the date, length of time the appliance was unavailable, type of appliance and the station it is based at.

A.5       The attached Excel spreadsheet details the number of occasions when a fire appliance has been unavailable due to insufficient crewing levels.

Q.6      Has your station been unable to attend incidents due to insufficient crewing levels? If so - how many times over the last financial year? Please give details.

A.6       We are unable to provide details for this question as the Incident Recording System (IRS) does not detail reasons for appliances being mobilised. However, if the station referred to refers to West Hartford then this will always be covered.

Q.7      What's the furthest station (in distance) you've had to call to provide assistance to an incident because of insufficient staffing levels over the last financial year? 

A.7       The furthest station from the border that has had an appliance attending an incident has been from Hawick as part of the 13/16 cross border mobilisation agreement which was approximately 17 miles to the border of Northumberland. 

Please refer to the clarifications/explanations/disclaimers detailed below.

Clarifications:
Data for Retained appliance unavailability has been obtained from the FSI system for the twelve month period from 01/04/2018 to 31/03/2019 as at the start of April 2019.

All instances of unavailability in the FSI system have been included so this also includes instances not just when crew numbers were short but also where the required skills were not available.

Two additional instances from the Fire Control spreadsheet which were for Retained appliances where the reason for unavailability related to staffing levels have been included. These were when staff were split to cover other appliances.

Instances from the Fire Control spreadsheet where wholetime/day crew appliances which are not staffing related have been removed. These include reasons such as changeover, defects and a vehicle accident. Where staff have been training or mobilised on another vehicle such as the SRU, these instances have not been excluded.

It has been assumed that the type of appliance refers to the duty system and does not refer to things like 4x4 or specialist vehicles for which no details of unavailability or recorded in the Fire Control spreadsheet or FSI system.

For the furthest appliance attending it has been assumed furthest means farthest from Northumberland. The incidents for 2018/19 were obtained from IRS and any over the border appliances were checked to see the distance from the home station to the border of Northumberland. A rough check was conducted using Google directions from the home fire station of the over the border appliance to a point on a road near to the border of Northumberland. However, IRS does not detail whether the appliance was mobilised as part of a standard predetermined attendance (PDA) or due to insufficient staffing of our own appliances. The information does not take into account incidents within Northumberland if furthest refers to furthest appliance attending the incident.

The Incident Recording System does not detail the reasons for mobilising a specific appliance and does not specify the location that a fire appliance attended from so it may not have been on home station.

 


Details:

Reference Number: 6036
Request Date: 07/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   What was the service's public relations and marketing budget for each of the following financial years...
  • 2014/15?
  • 2015/16?
  • 2016/17?
  • 2017/18?
  • 2018/19?
A.1     
2014/15 = 0

2015/16 = 0
2016/17 = 0
2017/18 = 0
2018/19 = 0

Q.2    For each of the periods mentioned above can you also provide how much was spent on emergency vehicle maintenance in each financial year?

A.2     
2014/15 = £ 16,458.12

2015/16 = £ 22,076.84
2016/17 = £ 23,075.43
2017/18 = £ 13,985.39
2018/19 = £ 15,072.53

Please note this information relates to vehicle repairs and maintenance subjectives. It is not specified if this is routine or emergency.

Q.3   Additionally, how many staff are currently employed in marketing, public relations and communications based roles?

A.3   Northumberland Fire and Rescue Services has no marketing budget nor any marketing personnel.

Q.4   Of those staff, how many earn above £50,000 per year? How many earn above £100,000 per year

A.4   Not applicable.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6073
Request Date: 14/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   I would like to know the date and time the first appliance mobilised to the last appliance time booked available for each Malicious False Alarm incident from 01/01/2014 to date. If you are unable to provide the time the first appliance mobilised to the last appliance booked available, please provide the time mobilised to time available for each appliance, I will then extract this separately. I have been advised this information is available from the Incident Recording System.

I would also like to know the incident number for each of the occasions and the location of the incident by either station area, local authority area or postcode, whichever is easiest for you to retrieve in the time allowed.

Incident number
Date of incident
Time first appliance mobilised
Time last appliance booked available
Location

A.1   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached spreadsheet which details each Malicious False Alarm incident from 01/01/2014 to date
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6132
Request Date: 28/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   For each of the years 2010 to 2019 please provide the following information from your Pre-Determined Attendance plan in place at the time.  In the absence of your own definition, please take a high rise block to mean any building of a height above 18m as set out in Building Regulations.
 
– the number of pumps overall required to attend a high rise fire
– the number of aerial ladders required to attend a high rise fire
– the number of Fire Rescue Units required to attend a high rise fire
 
A.1  There are no high rise buildings in the Northumberland area.

Q.2   For each of the years 2010 to 2019 please provide
 
– the average number of pumps available within the service
– the average number of aerial ladders available within the service
– the average number of Fire Rescue Units available within the service
 
A.2      2010 Retained = 16
2011 Retained = 16
2012 Retained = 16
2013 Retained = 17
2014 Retained = 16
2015 Retained = 15
2016 Retained = 15
2017 Retained = 13
2018 Retained, Wholetime & Day Crew Combined = 19
2019 January to end April - Retained, Wholetime & Day Crew Combined = 19

Availability for wholetime and day crew appliances is not available prior to 2018.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service does not have an aerial ladder.

There were 15 units other than appliances available in 2010 and 16 from 2011 onwards.  This included a special rescue unit which was available from 2011 onwards.
 
A.3   If your PDA has changed during this period please explain the reasons for any change either by way of a new statement or by disclosing existing documents.
 
A.3   The PDA's changed in 2014, this was due to the staffing levels on Wholetime/ Day Staffing appliances changing to 4, rather than 5 so the PDA's were changed, generally to increase attendance due to the minimum numbers required at Incidents. 

There was also a change in 2017 with the introduction of Phased Response, whereby selected stations were able to respond to a number of risk assessed, identified Incident Types with a crew of 3, or be part of a PDA, providing the minimum number of crews are at the incident.