19067- Firefighter Suicides

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Ref: FOI/19067

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 5th June 2019.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

  1. How many firemen/women have committed suicide while still employed by the force in the last four years?

Reply

The number of Firefighters that have committed suicide in the last four years is one in 2019.

Request

  1. How many former firemen/women have committed suicide in the last four years?

Reply

This information is exempt under section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as we do not hold information concerning former employees

Request

  1. How many firemen/women have attempted suicide in the last four years while still employed by the force?

Reply

This information is exempt under section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as we do not hold this information. Additionally, further detail about individuals is classed as personal data and therefore attracts a Section 40(2) exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Disclosure of the information may cause damage and distress to the individuals involved so would therefore be unfair to disclose it and contravene principle 1 of the Data Protection Act 1998.

If you have any queries about this request, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications. If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision please write to The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

 

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