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FOI / 4038 / 2019 - Rayleigh Fire Station call outs

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I can confirm that Essex County Fire & Rescue Service does hold this information.

Please see below the answer to your request.

Initial Request:

I see from your web site that Rayleigh Fire Station had 552 calls during 2017/18. This is almost as many as the combined number of calls for Wickford, Hawkwell, Rochford and Canvey , which amounted to 592.

Firstly, is this correct?

If so, I understand Rayleigh was downgraded to one Fire Engine a couple of years ago - surely the above figures, coupled with the increased housing development in Rayleigh (current and planned) would strongly suggest that the town is underprovided in terms of fire service resources? Certainly compared to the other local areas?

Final Response:

Please see below for the financial year 2017/2018 detailing the total number of Incidents for the following Stations:

Canvey   235

Hawkwell 117

Rayleigh Weir 507

Rochford 157

Wickford 185

Grand Total 1201


The number of incidents for Rayleigh for the calendar years of 2017 and 2018 are below.

01.01.17 to 31.12.17  = 515

01.01.18 to 31.12.18  = 508

Our data for the last 5 years has recently had to be re - uploaded to the transparency page as we had discrepancies in our data. We can confirm that these figures are correct.

The outcomes of extensive consultation which led to the published Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) in 2016 included a number of proposals one of which was the removal of a Fire Appliance from Rayleigh Weir Fire Station. The Service is currently engaged in further consultation with all interested parties, including the public, to determine how it will deliver the Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner’s Essex Fire Plan through the IRMP (2020). The outcomes of this consultation and the continual assessment of strategic risk will allow the Service to identify & consider the impacts of growth and the provision of resources throughout Essex.

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