The percentages shown here are based on fire and rescue services staff whose ethnicity was known.
In 2017, ethnicity wasn’t known for 11.3% of staff overall. By role, ethnicity wasn’t known for 11.4% of firefighters (4,048 staff), 8.5% of fire control staff (95 staff), and 11.5% of support staff (879 staff).
Numbers of staff with unknown ethnicity are included in the tables for reference.
The numbers and percentages shown here are based on a headcount – the total number of fire and rescue services staff, regardless of whether they worked part-time or full-time. Full-time equivalent (FTE) staff figures can be found on the Fire statistics data tables, although they are not broken down by ethnicity.
‘On-call’ firefighters (also known as ‘retained’ firefighters) may have more than one contract of employment. In this case, they will be counted more than once in the workforce statistics.
Data is taken from the personnel records for the 45 fire and rescue services in England. Population estimates are based on the 2011 Census (the latest available figures).
You should treat the comparison between workforce and population figures with caution, because:
- the ethnicity categories used in the 2011 Census differ slightly from those used in the fire and rescue staff data – in particular, the Chinese ethnic group is included in the Asian group of ethnicities in the Census data, and in the ‘Other’ group in the fire and rescue staff data
- the areas served by each fire and rescue service do not exactly match the geographical areas covered by Census data presented
- it is likely that there have been some population changes since 2011 that aren't accounted for in the Census data