Crew Availability



Request detail: 

Please could you confirm the % of time during the 2017 calendar year that each of your appliances crewed by On Call Firefighters have been available. This should only include time where the appliance has been 'fully' available to respond to any type of emergency incident with a full crew. If appliances are permitted to be available with deficient crews to respond in a restricted capacity this time should not be included.

Q2. Please could you confirm if your FRS has any arrangements in place to support the availability of on call appliances with wholetime personnel? For example a group of dedicated personnel to who are used to strategically cover deficiencies during weekday daytimes or the use of excess riders on wholetime stations to complete outstaffing at on call stations.

Where a dedicated establishment exists in this capacity please provide details of the number (FTE) and role of such personnel and a brief overview of their function, responsibilities and ways of working (i.e. who makes a decision on their deployment; Fire Control or an other area of the service).


Response detail: 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. Please refer below:

1. The attached spreadsheet contians the information requested for the last 9 months of the 2017 calendar year. The data for the first 3 months of 2017 is already published on our website (refer to the 2016/2017 spreadsheet): .

2. Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has arrangements in place to support the availability of on call appliances using a group of dedicated personnel (Retained Support Officers (RSOs) and Group Support Teams (GSTs)) who are used to strategically cover deficiencies that occur Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday mornings. The dedicated establishment for these posts is 9 (FTE). Their function and responsibilities are outlined in the attached Job Descriptions. The GSTs and RSOs organise their own deployment by consulting the rota each day.

Information Released: 



Sunday, 7 January, 2018


Wednesday, 24 January, 2018