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FOI / 3681 / 2017 - Fire stations in Essex

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please find our response to your request below.

Could you provide answers to the following questions please??

How many operational fire stations are in your Fire and Rescue Service area? 50?

How many fire stations have closed in your Fire and Rescue Service area in the last 10 years?

Of these closed stations, how many were situated in rural areas?

2 Hadleigh and Rayleigh were closed and Rayleigh Weir was built to replace.

We have no way of classifying the location.

If you categorise rural areas as either significantly rural or predominantly rural (as defined by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2011 Rural-Urban Classification of Local Authorities and other geographies) please provide this breakdown. ?

How many new fire stations have opened in your Fire and Rescue Service area, in the last 10 years? Of these newly opened fire stations, how many are situated in rural areas? Rayleigh Weir as above.

If you categorise rural areas as either significantly rural or predominantly rural (as defined by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2011 Rural-Urban Classification of Local Authorities and other geographies) please provide this breakdown.

Please note that we do not specify whether a station is located in a rural area or not, and hence are not able to answer this part of the question.

How many fire stations in your Fire and Rescue Service area are partially staffed by Retained Firefighters?

What proportion of these stations, partially staffed by Retained Firefighters, are situated in rural areas?

Answer: 4 ? Brentwood, South Woodham Ferrers, Clacton and Dovercourt are mixed crewed.?

How many fire stations in your Fire and Rescue Service area are entirely staffed by Retained Firefighters?

What proportion of these stations, wholly staffed by Retained Firefighters, are situated in rural areas?

Answer: 34

If you categorise rural areas as either significantly rural or predominantly rural (as defined by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2011 Rural-Urban Classification of Local Authorities and other geographies) please provide this breakdown. ? /p>

Retained Firefighters? refers to employees under the Retained Duty System.

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