Assaults on Firefighters – 16147

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A request for information about attacks on firefighter whilst on duty.

Ref: FOI/16147

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 13th December.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

I would like to know how many firefighters have reported being attacked by members of the public whilst on duty. Please break this down by year 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.

In each incident please provide detail e.g Firefighter suffered verbal abuse etc.

Reply

Please see attached. foi16147-assaults-on-firefighters

Please note: Some details have been removed to prevent the identity of the individual being discovered. This is permissible under Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Any attack upon our firefighters is one too many, and will not be tolerated. Where appropriate, we will work closely with West Midlands Police to bring culprits to justice. Fortunately, the longer-term trend is a downward one. All of our fire stations put great effort into building very strong links with their local communities, building trust and understanding upon which they can draw at incidents if necessary.

Attacks can be verbal or physical, and might include hindrance or nuisance while firefighters are responding to and resolving incidents. When an attack is reported, it is referred to a Station Commander to consider and act on as needed – for example, by addressing issues through local work with police and other agencies.

If you have any queries about this letter, 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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