Thursday, 17 November 2022
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
183. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of chief fire officers, senior assistant chiefs and fire officers that are in the retained fire service across the country by county council and by grade; and the details of all salary ranges of all grades referenced above. [57064/22]
Retained local authority fire services are made up of both the senior fire officer ranks the Question refers to who are are whole-time fire service officer grades employed by local authorities, as well as ‘retained’ local authority firefighters. Retained firefighters are men and women who are ‘on call’ to respond to a range of fire service emergencies. Many retained firefighters have other full or part-time jobs but when called upon they are ready to drop whatever they are doing to respond to an emergency. Although they are ‘part-time’ they are fully trained and capable of saving life and property. All new recruits undergo extensive initial training with a requirement to undertake refresher training at regular intervals. Local authorities pay retained firefighters an annual retainer, based on years of service, with additional payments made for attendance to drill nights and incidents. They are at the core of their local authority provision of fire services to their respective communities 24/7.
Under Section 159 of the Local Government Act 2001, each Chief Executive is responsible for the staffing and organisational arrangements necessary for carrying out the functions of the local authority for which he/she is responsible.My Department oversees workforce planning for the local government sector, including the monitoring of local government sector employment levels. To this end, my Department gathers aggregate quarterly data on staff numbers in each local authority on a whole time equivalent basis.
However, granular data, in terms of the detailed breakdown of the local authorities which have numbers employed at these grades is not collected and consequently is not available in my Department. The relevant information would be available from individual local authorities.
The current salary scales for chief fire officer, senior assistant chief fire officer and assistant chief fire officer are attached.
CHIEF FIRE OFFICER: