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Ref: FOI/21087  

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 

Who is the head of L&D 

Reply 

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. The information can be found on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link:  

https://www.wmfs.net/about-us/ 

Request 

What is the make-up of the L&D department 

Reply 

Please see attached 

makeup of L&D 1.0 Download

Request 

How many people are involved with the investigative based training internally? And who head this up? 

Reply 

Generally one person from the Organisational Learning and People Development team, but there is admin support, plus procurement in placing orders.  

With regards for the contact details of responsible persons, WMFS operates a single point of contact policy and callers are directed via HQ general contacts on 0330 058 9000. The call will be directed to the person with responsibility for the specific service. There is a direct email address for suppliers making sales enquires email: procurement.enquires@wmfs.net. Furthermore, guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office is as follows:  

  • The presumption is in favour of protecting privacy, so the release of personal information will only be fair if there is a genuine reason to disclose. This involves a three-stage test. A public authority will generally have to satisfy itself that:  
  • There is a legitimate interest in disclosure;  
  • The legitimate interest can only be met, or fully met, by the disclosure of information which identifies individuals (i.e. the disclosure is necessary to that purpose); and, the disclosure would not involve unwarranted detriment to the individual’s privacy or other rights and legitimate interests.  
  • You can find out more about FOI exemptions from the Information Commissioner’s Office. This will explain which one or more of the FOI exemptions applies, and tell you how to appeal if you disagree with our decision. 

Request 

What is the investigative training budget for next year? 

Reply 

There isn’t a budget specifically for AI so is dependent on demand 

Request 

What was the investigative based training budget for last year? 

Reply 

£0 – No course last financial year due to COVID 

Request 

How much of the investigative based training is done internally? 

Reply 

None, training is100% external 

Request 

How much of the investigative based training is contracted out? 

Reply 

Please see above 

Request 

Are there any investigative based training contracts with external suppliers coming to an end this year or next? 

Reply 

None 

Request 

Are there any investigative training needs which you are expecting to go out to tender for? 

Reply 

None
 

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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