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FOI4652 / April 2024 / On-Call Station Cover

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.

Questions and final response:

Question 1 – How many fire engine movements per month are made to cover On-Call stations when not available for fire calls? Please date this back to January 2023. For example, January 2023 – 7, February 2023 – 8 and so on.

The information is contained within the table below:

Year /Month    Number of appliance movements to cover On Call stations

     2023-1     38

     2023-2     78

     2023-3    123

     2023-4    122

     2023-5    171

     2023-6    169

     2023-7    168

     2023-8    304

     2023-9    260

     2023-10   301

     2023-11   232

     2023-12   278

     2024-1    151

     2024-2    175


2. What is the cost of these movements per month? Please include the cost of paying staff during these movements. For example, if 100 fire engines were moved in a month at a cost of £1,000 for each movement – including pay for the staff being moved - the total cost for the month would £100,000.

The information is contained within the table below:

Month (2023)               Amount (£)

January            19607.00

February          14696.00

March               20037.00

April                  21549.00

May                  14138.00

June                 31945.00

July                   28177.00

August              34951.00

September        60960.00

October             39799.00

November          37490.00

December          26662.00

Total for 2023    350011.00

3. How many firefighters within ECFRS have more than two additional contracts with the service? Please provide a breakdown as follows: -

More than two additional contracts. -

More than three additional contracts. -

More than four additional contracts. -

More than five additional contracts. -

More than six additional contracts. -

More than seven additional contracts. -

More than eight additional contracts. -

More than nine additional contracts. -

More than ten additional contracts.

Essex County Fire & Rescue Service (ECFRS) have no records of any firefighters that are employed on more than two additional contracts with ECFRS.

We hope you find this information useful.




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