Injuries to firefighters increase.(News)

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has released the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) Operational Statistics bulletin, which covers operational statistics for the period April 1, 2003 to March 31, 2004.The statistics are only for England and Wales.

Equality and Diversity

There has been a steady increase in the representation of women and minority ethnic staff over the last three years. As of March 31, 2004, women formed 2.4 per cent of the operational workforce compared with 2.1 per cent in 2002/03 and minority ethnic staff formed 2.4 per cent of all staff (uniformed and nonuniformed combined) compared with 2.1 per cent in 2002/03.

Health and Safety

Sickness levels for wholetime firefighters and fire control staff have both improved slightly since the previous year. …

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