Attacks on Firefighters – 2017/18-18140

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A request for information about attacks on Firefighters – 2017/18-18140

Ref: FOI/18140

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 8th October 2018

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

1) How many incidents attended by your fire and rescue service involved an attack on one or more firefighters between 1st January 2017 and 31st December 2017, broken down by

  1. a) month
  2. b) whether the attack was verbal or physical
  3. c) whether any injuries sustained required hospital treatment

2) How many incidents attended by your fire and rescue service have involved an attack on one or more firefighters between 1st January 2018 and 30th September 2018,  broken down by

  1. a) month
  2. b) whether the attack was verbal or physical
  3. c) whether any injuries sustained required hospital treatment

Reply

Please see below:

Violence by Month:

2017 2018
January 5 10
February 9 6
March 6 10
April 15 12
May 13 10
June 11 24
July 11 16
August 10 9
September 11 13
October 19
November 9
December 15

Violence by Type:

2017 2018
Animals 0 2
Harassment 2 5
Missiles 20 13
Nuisance 3 1
Physical Contact 5 1
Spitting 0 1
Threatening Behaviour 10 3
Vehicle 1 0
Verbal 89 82
Weapon (Gun/Knife etc.) 4 2
 

Whether any injuries sustained required hospital treatment:

No injuries were sustained where hospital treatment was required.

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

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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