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Ref: FOI/21003

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 1st January 2021.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

How many times did fire stations under the authority of your fire service fail to meet their minimum safe fire engine availability threshold over the specified year? Please could you specify the stations which most frequently failed to meet this threshold and state the number of times they failed to meet it.

Reply

There are occasions whereby fire appliances are unavailable due to insufficient crewing levels but information about this is being withheld under Section 38(b) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) related to health and safety.

The reasons that we are withholding this information is because by disclosing this information to you, we would be releasing this information into the public domain as we publish all FOIA requests and responses on our website. We have considered that this information may indicate patterns of unavailability and this information could be used to assist with unlawful activity that may adversely impact our communities.

Section 38 of FOI is a qualified exemption and means that we must consider a public interest test. In this case the safety of communities of the West Midlands outweighs the release of this information into the public domain.

Request

How many full-time firefighters were employed by fire stations under the authority of your fire service over this period?

Reply

Please see below.

Apr-20 1176
May-20 1170
Jun-20 1177
Jul-20 1164
Aug-20 1169
Sep-20 1169
Oct-20 1159
Nov-20 1157
Dec-20 1152

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

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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