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FOI4576 / May 2023 / Service Dogs

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We can confirm that Essex County Fire & Rescue Service does hold the information you have requested.

Please see below the answer to your request.

Questions and final response:

Question 1 – How many dogs were part of the fire service for each of the last ten calendar years (2012-2022), broken down by job type. (e.g., Fire investigation search dog)? How many full-time members of staff (trainers, handlers, officers etc) were working in the service’s dog unit for each of the years in the same period?

See attached table.

Question 2 - Please list the main breeds used in the totals in question 1. Please list the most commonly used breeds first.?



Question 3 – What was the service’s total budget for each of these years and how much was allocated to the dog unit?

£6,091 for current year.

The funding is provided by National Resilience through the Home Office.

The figure has remained the same for at least the previous four years.

Question 4 – Does the service have its own dog breeding unit?



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