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19105 – Assaults on Fire Fighters 2014-2019

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Ref: FOI/19105


West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 8th August 2019.

Please find below a summary of our findings.


The number of attacks on firefighters during operational (999) incidents in the years 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19 (separate figures for each year please).

In a spreadsheet file (e.g. an Excel or CSV file), statistics on the types of attacks on firefighters in the year 2018/19, broken down by area where they happened, as set out in the attached blank spreadsheet.

In terms of area breakdown, feel free to interpret this as Command area, brigade division, borough or any other manner that your fire and rescue service sub-divides the geographical area you cover.


Please see attached.

Figures for attacks on Firefighters 1.0 Download


Copies of any official reports into incidents in 2018/19 in which a firefighter was seriously injured (a serious injury being one which required at least one overnight stay in hospital as an in-patient), with any private information redacted as required


We define official report under RIDDOR and the HSE definitions and by release them reports would contravene the 6 principle of the Data Protection Act 2018.  Therefore, this information is this is exempt under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

If you have any queries about this freedom of information request, please contact us.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

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