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All figures current as at 30 June 2015.

Emergency Response Statistics

DFES Staff Allocation as at 30 June 2015

Employees covered by the Western Australian Fire Service Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2014

1,130.40 
Others 374.81
Total 1,505.21


Cadets and Juniors as at 30 June 2015

Emergency Services Cadets

1,890
Juniors registered with brigades, groups and units 420
Total cadets and juniors 2,310
Emergency Services Cadets Units 42
Junior Cadet Programs 87


Volunteer numbers as at 30 June 2015

Volunteers

Number of Brigades, Groups or Units

Operational

Support

Total

Volunteer Bush Fire Service

580

21,135

811

21,946

Volunteer Fire and Rescue

93

2,316

142 2,458

State Emergency Service

63

1,977

56

2,033

Volunteer Marine Rescue Services  

37 1,522

41

1,563

Volunteer Emergency Service

20

553

7

560

Volunteer Fire Service

7

327

6

333

Other DFES Volunteers

5

15

33

48

Total

805

27,845

1,096

28,941


Fire and Emergency Services Incident Response - All Services  Number of incidents in 2014/15
Structure Fires 1,327
Landscape Fires 6,164
Other Fires - Includes Rubbish 3,583
Road crash rescues 2,651
Non-Fire Rescue Calls 1,690
Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) 619
System Initiated False Alarms 10,381
Calls to Flood, Storm or Other Natural Disaster 188
Good Intent Calls 2,980
Petrol or Flammable Spills and Gas Leaks 542
Malicious False Alarms 419
Service Calls (Excludes Storm and Natural Hazards) 720
Others 720
Total responses provided by all services 31,984

The number of responses provided by all services this year has increased by 3.4 percent when compared to last year (a total of 30,921 responses in 2013/14). Of concern is the 146 percent increase in Malicious False Alarm calls (170 in 2013/14), particularly since a large number of these occurred while we were responding to large simultaneous incidents such as the South West Bushfires. There has also been an increase of approximately seven percent in all fire calls (10,395 in 2013/14). Better data quality assurance has produced a 62.6 percent decrease in Others incident types.

Aviation Services

Number of Aircraft Type

Activations in 2014/15

Number of Drops

Total Amount of water in Litres

Aerial Fire Suppression Type 1 (Bell 214B) Helitak

6 414 8,677 21,845,250
Aerial Fire Suppression Type 1HV (Aircrane) Helitak 1 46 948 3,895,287
    9,625 25,740,537
DFES Aerial Intelligence Helicopter 1 144    
Aerial Rescue – RAC Rescue Helicopter (includes incidents and
flying hours where a fee for service was charged)
1 481    

Aviation Services incident numbers are included in the Fire and Emergency Service Incident Response figures above. In supporting firefighting activities on the ground, suppression activations (460 increased by 73 percent in 2014/15 when compared to 2013/14 (266).

In 2014/15 there was a 140 percent increase in the total amount of water delivered to fire grounds compared to the 2013/14 fire season while Aerial Intelligence activities increased by more than 108 percent.

The Rescue Helicopter responded to 481 missions in 2014/15, an decrease of 20 percent on 2013/14 (604).

Marine Rescue

Incident Type 2014/15
  Incident Count Total Man Hours
Body Search 32 1,252 
Distress 183 1,257
Overdue 13  68
Recovery / Tow

612

5,149
Stand By 145 6,706 
Group Authorised Training 1,043  14,385
Total 2,028 28,818

Overall, there has been simular numbers of incidents attended by Volunteer Marine Rescue Groups in 2014/15 compared to 2013/14. There has been a 19 percent increase in the number of body searches performed by the groups but there is a significant reduction in the overdue incident type with figures being a third of numbers reported in 2013/14. A decrease in this incident type implies an improvement in the community’s marine safety education and log on log off practices.

 

Arson and Fire Investigation 2014/15
Formal Investigations 118

Formal investigations increased this year (118 compared to 93 in 2013/14).

Built Environment Safety 2014/15
Building plan assessments (Commercial and Non Commercial) 865
Inspections 355

Commercial building plan assessments only were reported in 2013/14. Non commercial buildings comprise health care facilities, aged care facilities, assembly buildings, schools and universities and residential apartments (hostels, motels, etc). This year 1,182 commercial building plan assessments were conducted, a 36.6 percent increase on last year (865 compared to 1,182).

Local Government Grants Scheme (LGGS) and VMRS Grants 

Grants Expensed in 2014/15 

Operating $000

Capital $000

Total $000

LGGS - Bush Fire Service 7,269,325 20,946,402 28,215,727
LGGS - State Emergency Service 1,778,669 5,458,674 7,237,343
9,047,994 26,405,076 35,453,070
VMRS (includes Operating Grant of $223,696 for the
Metropolitan Volunteer Sea Rescue Group)
1,239,095 977,249 2,216,344
  10,287,089 27,382,325 37,669,414

 

Infrastructure and Vehicles

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

CFRS

BFS

SES

VFRS

VES

VFS

Number of existing structures as at 30 June 2014

28* 354* 61* 100*^ 19 9
Number of new (additional facilities) structure approvals 2014/15 0 5 0 0 0 0
Number of new (replacement facilities)structure approvals 2014/15  1 1 2 1 0 0

Number of structure improvements 2014/15 (excludes minor works)

0 2 2 0 0 0

“BFS” includes facilities approved in previous years now completed.

“SES” adjusted - cessation of four units and establishment of one.

* Includes Collocated facilities.

^ Does not include private brigades

Vehicles

Vehicles

CFRS^

BFS

SES*

VFRS^

VES^

VFS^

Number of existing vehicles as at 30 June 2014 

78 644 337 192 53 24

Number of  replacement vehicle approvals 2014/15

14 48 15 19 4 3
Number of existing trailers as at 30 June 2014 21 N/A N/A 45 21 4

*SES  includes licensed equipment such as trailers and major capital equipment such as lighting towers.

^In addition, there are:

  • 67 High Fire appliances available to be deployed across the state and are used by the FRS, VES and VFS.
  • 26 Standby appliances used for rotation of fleet during maintenance and support for breakdowns
  • 15 Training appliances held at the Training Academy
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