20101 – Equality data statistics

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Ref: FOI/20101

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 further to your freedom of information request.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

How many BME personnel are employed within each listed role: FF, CM, WM-A, WM-B, SM, GM, AM, ACFO, DCFO, CFO

Reply

Brigade Manager 1
Area Manager B 1
Group Manager B 1
Station Manager B 3
Watch Manager B 8
Watch Manager A 10
Crew Manager 18
Firefighter 126

 

Request

How many female personnel are employed within each listed role: FF, CM, WM-A, WM-B, SM, GM, AM, ACFO, DCFO, CFO

Reply

Brigade Manager 1
Area Manager B 1
Group Manager B 2
Station Manager B 6
Watch Manager B 4
Watch Manager A 6
Crew Manager 18
Firefighter 117

Request

How many formal complaints have been received by the organization alleging sexual harassment from 1st January 2015 to 1st January 2020?

Reply

Between 1st January 2015 to 1st January 2020 there has been 2 formal complaints alleging sexual harassment

Request

How many formal complaints have been received by the organization from 1st January 2015 to 1st January 2020 alleging direct discrimination and racism?

Reply

from 1st January 2015 to 1st January 2020 there has been 6 formal complains alleging direct discrimination and racism

Request

Out of all the formal complaints made, how many were dealt with formally through agreed procedures?

Reply

8 complaints were dealt with formally through agreed procedures.

Request

How many complaints in item 5 were not resolved internally and were subject to external resolution through an industrial tribunal?

Reply

3 complaints were subject to external resolution through an industrial tribunal

Request

Do the organization have a formal process involving an exit interview?

Reply

The formal process involving an exit interview is through our HR Management system

Request

How many BME personnel have left the service before reaching retirement age between the years 2000 – 2020?

Reply

The number of BME personnel that have left the service before reaching retirement age since 2007 is 132. Information prior to 2007 is exempt under section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as we do not hold this information. Leaver information is only available from 2007 onwards .

Request

How many personnel have cited racism, bullying or sexual harassment as their reasons for leaving the organization?

Reply

This information is exempt under section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as we do not hold this information. We do not record this information from our exit interviews

Request

How many female personnel have left the service before reaching retirement age between the years 2000 – 2020?

Reply

The number of female personnel that have left the service before reaching retirement age since 2007 is 461

Request

Please list any processes in place to encourage recruitment from under representative groups

Reply

We have a comprehensive positive action recruitment strategy which has made WMFS an award-winning organisation (winning the Guardian newspaper public sector award for diversity in recruitment in 2019) and seen as the Gold standard for the Fire and Rescue sector in the recruitment of underrepresented groups. We have a full-time positive action officer, as well as a specific Diversity and inclusion team which run all aspects of fire fighter recruitment (not just positive action). We are a Stonewall Champion and have been listed in the top 50 UK inclusive employers for 4 years running.

Our positive action programme includes;

  • The sophisticated use of social media to target our advertising at underrepresented groups within our area.
  • Pre-recruitment activity , consisting of organised programmes to support and prepare underrepresented groups for selection.
  • Fitness session for potential female candidates to help them fully physically prepare for selection
  • Virtual support, including current employees from underrepresented groups talking to potential candidates about what it is like to work for our organisation.
  • All interview panel members being trained in unconscious bias to ensure fair assessment.
  • Innovative behavioural selection process which is less dependent on the traditional interview and uses a variety of behavioural assessments including roleplay exercises to create a more inclusive and neuro diversity friendly assessment process.

Request

Please list any formal internal support mechanisms for the retention of personnel from under representative groups

Reply

We have employee stakeholder groups which support and mentor underrepresented groups;

  • Fireout (LGBT+)
  • Inspire (BAME, particularly Afro Caribbean)
  • AFSA (Asian Fire Service Association)
  • Affinity (women and gender)

These groups organise Brigade wide training days and events , have their own social media and internal comms pages, terms of reference, and meet regularly with senior management

Request

Have you conducted an equality impact assessment on station facilities and premises to ensure that the organization are not discriminating against any group? Please supply a copy

Reply

The content of Equality impact assessments (EIA) is exempt under Section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person (an individual, a company, the public authority itself or any other legal entity). It is the policy of West midlands Fire Service that EIAs are completed for all new and existing premises to ensure that the organization does not discriminate against any group.

Request

When ordering PPE and working rig, do you consider anthropometric data to ensure garments are suitable for all?

Reply

West Midlands Fire Service purchases uniform and PPE from Framework Agreements where this study would be carried out.

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.

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

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