Report on Government Services 2018
Part D, Chapter 9
Emergency services for fire and other events
The focus of performance reporting in this chapter is on emergency services for fire events. Descriptive information is included on emergency services for other events, with performance reporting to be developed for future Reports.
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- Key Facts
- Indicator Framework
- Indicator Results
Nationally in 2016-17:
- fire service organisations attended a total of 394 054 emergency incidents, of which 95 508 were fire event incidents, and STES organisations attended a total of 77 832 incidents (excludes Queensland), of which 62 157 were storm and cyclone events
- total expenditure of fire service organisations was $4.1 billion and of STES was $222.8 million, or $167 and $9 respectively, per person in the population
- 20 008 full time equivalent (FTE) paid personnel were employed by fire service organisations, of which 76.9 per cent were paid firefighters. A large number of volunteer firefighters (152 883 people) also participated in the delivery of fire services
- the majority of STES staff were volunteers, with 22 566 volunteers and 709 paid staff.
Emergency services for fire and other events aim to reduce the adverse effects of events on the community (including people, property, infrastructure, economy and environment).
Governments’ involvement is aimed at providing emergency services that:
- contribute to the communities management of risks and its preparedness, through the promotion of risk reduction and mitigation activities
- are accessible, responsive and sustainable.
Governments aim for emergency services to meet these objectives in an equitable and efficient manner.
The performance indicator framework provides information on equity, efficiency and effectiveness, and distinguishes the outputs and outcomes of emergency services for fire events. The performance indicator framework shows which data are complete and comparable in the 2018 Report.
An overview of the Emergency services for fire and other events performance indicator results are presented. Information to assist the interpretation of these data can be found in the indicator interpretation boxes in the Emergency services for fire and other events chapter and attachment tables.
Equity — Access indicators
Response times by geographic area
Response times, including call taking time at 90th percentile, by remoteness area, 2016-17 (minutes)
Effectiveness — Response indicators
State-wide response times, at 90th percentile, 2016-17 (minutes)
|Including call taking time||14.5||10.8||12.5||15.4||12.5||17.5||10.5||18.8||..|
|Excluding call taking time||11.1||9.4||12.0||14.0||14.1||16.7||9.1||12.0||..|
Effectiveness — Prevention/mitigation indicators
Fire risk prevention/mitigation activities
Accidental residential structure fires per 100 000 households, 2016-17
Estimated percentage of households with a smoke alarm/detector, 2016-17
Confinement to room/object of origin
Proportion of building fires confined to room of origin, all ignition types, 2016-17
Effectiveness — Sustainability indicators
Workforce under 50 years of age, 2016-17
Fire services expenditure per person
Fire service organisations' expenditure per person, 2016-17
Fire death rate
Fire death rate, per million people, 2016
Fire injury rate
Rate of hospital admissions due to fire injury, per 100 000 people, 2015-16
Value of asset losses from fire events
Value of fire event household insurance claims per person, 2016-17
These data and caveats for these data are available in chapter 9 and attachment 9A.
na Not available. .. Not applicable. – Nil or rounded to zero.