Animal Rescues 2014-2017 – 17026

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Animal Rescues 2014-2017

Ref: FOI/17026

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 6th March 2017.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

Please state the amount spent by the fire service on animal rescues in each of the following calendar years:

  1. a)    2014
  2. b)    2015
  3. c)    2016

Reply

West Midlands Fire Service does not record the cost amount for animals rescue call outs, so it is therefore exempt under Section 1 of the Freedom of Information 2000 Act. However it is possible to calculate a notional cost for call out by applying the charging mechanism that is used to calculate special service call charges.

Please see attached for the cost of a Pump Rescue Ladder for a special service calls for 2010-16.

If you wish to calculate a notional incident cost then this would per approximately one pump rescue ladder for one hour per call out.

Request

Please state the number of animals rescued by the fire service in each of the following calendar years:

  1. a)    2014
  2. b)    2015
  3. c)    2016

Please provide an annual breakdown by type of animal rescued, and brief details about each incident (if possible within the cost limit).

Reply

Please see attached.FOI17026-Animal Rescue

Request

Has the fire service charged members of the public for any of these rescues in the last 3 calendar years? If so, please provide a breakdown of these charges.

Reply

West Midlands Fire Service has not charged any members of the public for an incident relating animal rescue over the past 3 years.

We always consider our involvement in animal rescues very carefully. We work closely with the RSPCA to understand each other’s main responsibilities, to help us make informed decisions and to respond to incidents appropriately.

Incidents that don’t involve fire or a risk to human life might not be assessed as an emergency, and we may charge for responding to some non-emergency calls. Small animal rescues are the responsibility of the RSPCA, who should always be the first port of call.

Request

Does the fire service employ (or have you every employed) an animal rescue specialist?

Reply

All members of our Technical Rescue Unit are trained to  AR level 2 (Animal Rescues 2 Level Operational skills) as part of a trained animal rescue team within the designated risk area) and we have several  (AR level 3 Animal Rescues Level 3 Tactical knowledge)  supervisor/instructors across our 4 watches. We also have specialist lifting equipment for large animals and a full size/weight horse mannequin for training purposes.

If you have any queries about this email, 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

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