Bariatric rescues – 16057

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A request for information about called out to assist a bariatric person

Ref: FOI/16057


I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 13th May 2016

Please find below a summary of our findings.


  1. How many times were West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service called out to assist a bariatric person in the past four financial years? (separated by year: 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16)


Please see below

2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16
Total number of calls requesting assistance for a bariatric person 13 24 16 10


  1. What was the total cost of responding to calls to assist bariatric people in the past four financial years? (separated by year: 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16)


West Midlands Fire Service does not record the cost amount for bariatric 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 below for the cost of a Pump Rescue Ladder for a special service calls for 2010-14.

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

2011-12 £344.00
2012-13 £412.80
2013-14 £420.00
2014-15 £426.00
2015-present £428.40


  1. Please give details (date and description) of incidents recorded in the most recent financial year 2015/16, if within the time limit allocated by a Freedom of Information request.


Please see below for the date and station area for the bariatric incidents attended in the last financial year.

Date Station Response Area
31-Jul-15 Erdington
30-Aug-15 Tipton
25-Sep-15 Sheldon
14-Dec-15 Bilston
17-Dec-15 Bloxwich
26-Dec-15 Walsall
31-Dec-15 Bloxwich
24-Feb-16 Willenhall
03-Mar-16 Fallings Park
29-Mar-16 Foleshill

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