Fire and Rescue Vehicles

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: 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: 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.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6490
Request Date: 06/08/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   The fleet list of vehicles operated by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, to include:

·        Vehicle make and model

·        Year of production/model year

·        Vehicle type/purpose (e.g. fast response unit, command unit, etc.)

·        Whether the vehicle is owned or leased

·        Year of purchase/lease agreement

A.1    Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached response documents shows the fleet list of vehicles within Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6593
Request Date: 29/08/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     I would like a list of all purchases of vehicles by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service since 24th June 2016, broken down by manufacturer and vehicle type.

A.1     The attached Excel spreadsheet details the vehicles purchased by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service since 24th June 2016.