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FOI / 3736 / 2018 - Fire investigations

Initial Request:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I am currently conducting a dissertation study on the sustainability of fire investigation in the United Kingdom.

Answers to the following questions would assist the research I am undertaking:

1) Do you have a specialist dedicated Fire Investigation Team.

2) If you have answered no to the previous question what other arrangements are in place for the investigation of fires.

3) Approximately what is your budget allocation for Fire Investigation (including salaries)

Final Response:

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

1) We do not have a specialist Fire Investigation team.

2) Our Flexi Officers each have a specialism to undertake we currently have 8 Qualified and 2 in acquisition. We also have 4 day work Level 2 Fire Investigators in training who work 9-5 Monday to Friday.

3) Our budget is more complex, officers are trained as part of their core role specialism to Level 5 Fire Investigators in the skills for Justice. We have a limited budget to purchase Fire Investigation kits roughly £500 each. A day work officers salary is £36k and a Flexi Officer id £42k + 20%. This salary covers their whole roles as Station Managers and specialisms.

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